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BISD nurses receiving Hometown Hero award

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Each of the four Bandera Independent School District nurses has been selected by the Nagel Clinic Board of Directors to receive the 2022 Hometown Hero Award for their unwavering service to Bandera County children and youth.

The awards will be presented at the clinic’s annual Cork & Fork event on Saturday, November 12.

Distinguished award recipients are Trenna Fitzpatrick, R.N. of Bandera High School; Toni Serene, R.N. of Bandera Middle School; Shirley Nichols, R.N. of Alkek Elementary School; and Shanna Wilke, R.N. of Hill Country Elementary.

“The Board reflected on the unwavering dedication of these four outstanding women,” said Nagel Clinic Board President, Barbara M. Shepard. “Their grace, care, and compassion for the children in our community has remained steadfast, even in the face of a global pandemic that tested us all. We owe them more than we can ever repay.”

Speaking on the behalf of the District, Superintendent Gary Bitzkie said, “Bandera ISD is blessed to have the kindest, most child-centered, and often courageous nurses of any school district in Texas. We love their positive outlook, the smiles on their faces even in the most difficult of times (thanks to them we survived a pandemic), and their never-ending dedication to the health and wellness of our students and staff. Each one of them is a gift to our schools and our community.”

The eighth annual Cork & Fork will be held at The Farm Country Club, ten minutes north of Bandera. Proceeds benefit the Nagel Clinic’s health care mission and programs for medically uninsured Bandera County residents.

For information on tickets, call (830) 796-3448