MATHEWS HONORS ESTEEMED COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN HALL OF HONOR INDUCTION CEREMONY THIS FRIDAY, MAY 8th, 9:15 AM
This Friday, May 8th Mathews Elementary will induct three esteemed community members into the Mathews Hall of Honor, recognizing the significant impact their lives of service have made in the Austin community.
The induction ceremony will begin in the Mathews cafeteria at 9:15, with remarks from school leaders and current Mathews students, to celebrate the life stories of these fascinating people who have contributed so much to Mathews, Clarksville, and Austin.
- Sara Belknap had a profound impact on Mathews as she ushered two kids through the school: serving on the PTA board, helping start the Octoberama fall carnival, launching the 6th grade camp tradition, and establishing Godzilla as the “official” (unofficial) mascot. She was 50 years old when she decided to become an elementary art teacher, in 2001. During her 14 years teaching student art at Mathews, she was honored as Mathews Teacher of the Year (2007-2008), commissioned the many permanent art installations that celebrate the school’s culture, and shared thousands of delightful discoveries in the art room with hundreds of memorable and inspiring students.
- Kim Kronzer O’Brien served in various volunteer roles at Mathews while her children attended the school, and helped drive the effort to have Mathews designated as a state historic landmark. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Clarksville Community Development Corporation, which preserves the neighborhood’s unique history while also providing affordable housing rental opportunities on Austin’s west side.
- Saralyn White Stewart entered Mathews Elementary in 1951, where her mother and older siblings had attended, and her children would later attend. She is a lifelong resident of Clarksville with a long career spanning the City of Austin, IBM, and finally UT Austin, from which she is now semi-retired. As a leader of Mathews Friends for Excellence, Saralyn works to continue the Mathews traditions of educating children toward positive attitudes, nurtuting academic foundations and fostering a lifelong love of learning.
Immediately following the ceremony, the inductees will parade through the halls to be recognized by our students. Visitors will also be invited for guided tours of our school building, which is a state historic landmark. Mathews is one of AISD’s oldest elementary schools, and we’re preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary in September, 2016!