Senator Eltife helps district raise scholarship funds

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Released by Angela Jenkins with the Tyler ISD:

TYLER, TX - The Tyler Independent School District, along with Texas State Senator Kevin Eltife, are combining their efforts to contribute to the Todd Henry Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship fund was set up by the Henry family days after the teacher's death at the John Tyler campus.  As employees and campuses throughout the District are pooling their funds to make one donation on behalf of the District, Senator Eltife has graciously stepped forward to match the District's total, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 in contributions.

"After the tragic loss of Todd Henry, I think we all felt a desire to want to help the students, teachers, and the Henry family," Eltife said.  "We were all deeply saddened by Henry's death.  He was an incredible teacher and individual.  We all remember our own teachers who helped us, as well as those who have helped our children.  I know there is so much good going on at the John Tyler campus and the Robert E. Lee campus and I felt this was a way to try to bring everyone together and help Mrs. Henry in her effort to establish the Todd Henry Scholarship Fund."

Another opportunity to add to this District effort is at the entrance gates of Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium on Friday Night, October 30, before the start of the Robert E. Lee versus John Tyler football game.  Cheerleaders from both campuses will be greeting fans with donation buckets.

"This fund campaign is near and dear to all in the school District," said Tyler ISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Randy Reid.  "I can't think of a better way to pay tribute to our special teacher, Mr. Henry, and to continue his musical legacy for years to come."

The evening's football game will open with a special video memorial to Mr. Henry.   The game will start with a coin toss by special guests Jan Henry, wife of Todd Henry, and Senator Eltife.  The total amount raised by this effort will be announced during half-time of the football game Friday night.

People can make a donation to The Todd Henry Scholarship, c/o Cooperative Teacher's Credit Union, 1424 WSW Loop 323, Tyler, 75701.