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Frisco Education Foundation Recipient Says Frisco Schools Cares About Kids (October, 2006)

Lupe Gaona is a Gary Burns Memorial Scholarship winner and Frisco High School graduate who knows his community cares.Lupe Gaona is a Gary Burns Memorial Scholarship winner and Frisco High School graduate who knows his community cares.

Gaona is the first person in his immediate family to graduate from college. He was encouraged throughout his years in Frisco schools to do his best and pursue his dreams. Gaona gives Frisco Independent School District and the Frisco Education Foundation a lot of credit for the fact that he was able to graduate from college. His Gary Burns Memorial scholarship helped him graduate from Dallas Christian College in May of 2006, he says.

“Now, because I have a degree, I have set a precedent for my two younger brothers. With the help of FEF, they are both enrolled in college this fall. Javier is a junior at UNT majoring in accounting, and Gerardo is a freshman at CCCC. The Frisco Education Foundation gives “hope” to kids like us,” he said.

Gaona grew up with community leaders taking an interest in his family and in his neighbors. Teacher Sue Stafford made sure he and his brothers had transportation to sports and other school events. She encouraged them to be their best. “I grew up watching people like Dr. Reedy, Gary Burns and Mr. (John) Weinberg (and of course, too many others to name) work tirelessly, so Frisco students can receive scholarship money to continue their education,” he said.

Allison Miller, FEF Director, is very proud of Gaona’s success. “This is where the real payoff comes for all the hard work of all parties involved - the student, the Foundation board and volunteers, the FISD faculty and the community. Through the time, talent and financial contributions of FEF, Lupe is one of the many who have been awarded the privilege of an education and the opportunity to succeed in life.”

Gaona is now teaching and coaching at Timpson Independent School District in East Texas. He will now begin to give back to his new community the way his mentors gave to him.

“I will never be able to thank the Foundation enough for awarding me the scholarships that allowed me to obtain a college degree. I feel so thankful to have grown up in the community of Frisco and to have attended Frisco schools from kindergarten through 12th grade – a place that truly cares about kids.”

The annual Gary Burns Fun Run will be held at Hall Office Park on October 28. To register or volunteer to help with the fun run or learn more about the Foundation go to www.Friscoisd.org and look under the community heading or call (469) 633-6860.