Brette Machiorlette, a Plan II Honors/Business junior, won the Heroes for Children Award from the State Board of Education for her work in creating and launching the Reading Aces literacy program in the Houston ISD and in Austin.
The program provides reading mentors to at-risk elementary school students. In the four years since starting the program, Machiorlette has recruited more than 150 high school volunteers from eight public and private schools to help more than 300 at-risk children at 10 Houston community centers and elementary schools.
Machiorlette is among 17 Texans who have provided collectively more than 100 years of volunteer service to Texas public schools. She was honored Friday, Sept. 19 at the Heroes for Children Award Ceremony.
The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by the State Board of Education members and recognized for volunteering their time, talents and skills to help improve the public schools in their communities. Each hero receives a certificate of honor, a copy of the resolution scheduled for board approval, and photographs commemorating the award ceremony. The recipient also has his or her name engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency.