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September 18, 2018 

Jimmy Dawson receives "Because We Care" Award from Hood County United Way.

Acton Middle School principal Jimmy Dawson received the “Because We Care” Award, the top honor from the United Way of Hood County, on September 18, 2018.

In presenting the award, United Way past president Doug Dobbins praised Dawson for his leadership in bringing forth the Granbury ISD Day of Service.

For the community service initiative, Granbury students converging on the community to volunteer in parks, libraries, churches, food pantries, retirement centers and nursing homes, and child-centered organizations.  They also read to younger students at elementary campuses, hang holiday decorations, wash fire trucks and school buses, perform community concerts, pick up roadside trash, and assist charitable organizations.

A former United Way board member, Dawson cited the work of assistant principals Kristie Berryman and John Dafoe in making the Day of Service initiative a success.  The idea was borne out of the designation of AMS as a Texas School to Watch in 2016, when the school led to a campus service day just before Thanksgiving.  The program went district-wide in 2017 and, now in its second year, includes all GISD campuses.

The “Because We Care” award is the top recognition from the community organization.  Past recipients include: Hood County News publisher Jerry Tidwell; then-Ruth’s Place executive director Becky Mauldin; 2013 tornado responders, relievers, and rebuilders; Ruth’s Place physician Wendy Bonnell, Ric Bonnell, and Romeo Bachand; and community volunteer Norma Wright.

Pictured is Dawson flanked by wife Leah, daughter Delaney, and parents Corky and Lou.  Also pictured are (left to right) United Way president Diann Lewis; past president Doug Dobbins; board members Ron Holmgreen, Judy Gentry, Jan Caldwell-Hulett, Brooke Montoya; executive director Becky Mauldin.