“Each year, South Texas Children’s Home honors us with a luncheon to kick off the new school year,” said secondary career and technical teacher Laura Warnix. “Not only are we treated to a wonderful lunch, but we are able to fellowship with the awesome staff and house parents, too. The greatest joy is getting to see our returning students and meeting the new students that will soon become part of the Pettus ISD family. To see the smiling faces of so many children who are truly loved, happy, and thriving in this Christian environment is a miracle within itself.”
Pettus ISD Superintendent Tucker Rackley and Secondary Principal Brian Thompson thanked the Children’s Home for its hospitality and support after Mark Childs, STCHM vice president-childcare, welcomed everyone.
“We see the teachers, administrators and staff at Pettus ISD as our partners in providing the very best for the children and young people in our care,” Childs said. “They work with us continually to ensure that students have every opportunity to overcome some of the obstacles they have faced in their lives and move toward achievement and success. It is evident that the teachers and staff at Pettus ISD truly care about our students.”
Warnix has seen many students from the Children’s Home come through the Pettus schools during her 11 years of teaching there. “South Texas Children’s Home is a blessing to our community, and we know it is through God’s grace and all their hard work that it continues to grow and prosper. The constant support we receive from houseparents and staff at the home makes our jobs easier. We are grateful for their prayers each day, so we may have the love, knowledge and skills to teach not only the children of STCHM but the rest of our student body as well.”
Because of the generous donations of school supplies to the home from so many, every Pettus ISD staff member received a bag, decorated by STCHM students, stuffed full of school supplies to share with students in need. Houseparents Michael and Karen Perkins of Brown Cottage also opened their doors to teachers who had not previously had the opportunity to tour a cottage.
“It is always helpful for teachers or even the general public to see how houseparents and children within a cottage live and interact,” Karen Perkins said. “The kids call us mom and pop, and we function much like any other family. We appreciate the teachers and want to support them in any way we can as we work together to help every child have a positive experience during their time at STCHM and at Pettus ISD.”