(DEL VALLE, Texas) – Del Valle ISD held its 2017-2018 convocation on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Del Valle High School gymnasium to celebrate the upcoming school year, recognized those who receive district and state awards and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett address the audience about the importance of public schools to DVISD students’ future.

U.S. Rep. Doggett talked about how Del Valle ISD teachers prepare students to have a successful future and how instrumental teachers, staff and administrators are in what makes public school in Texas exemplary.

“(The DVISD employees) are building an important foundation for our future in Del Valle,” said U.S. Rep. Doggett. “ whether it is teaching conjugation, multiplication, art or physics, driving a bus, maintaining this building and our other campuses looking sharp, or cooking a healthy meal  — right here, in Del Valle, (DVISD employees) are creating the opportunity for our community’s future.”

Joseph Gilbert Elementary won the Attendance Award by having a 96.5 percent attendance rate during the 2016-2017 school year. DAEP took home the coveted Spirit Stick after their performance that involved all 15 schools singing Lean on Me by Bill Withers while holding hands and swaying to the music.

Teachers, support staff, administration, Board of Trustees, The Del Valle Education Partners and elected officials, Travis County Precinct Four Commissioner Margaret Gomez and U.S. Rep. Doggett were in attendance.

In addition, partners were present at convocation to assist and give information to the DVISD teachers and staff. Partners in attendance were  A+ Federal Credit Union, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Del Valle Education Association, Gencure Marrow Donor Program, Horace Mann, Huston-Tillotson University, Randolph Bank Federal Credit Union, Texas American Federation of Teachers and Vote Texas.

To see a recap video of the 2017 convocation, click here.