May 21, 2013 10:37:54 AM
Sarah Fowler - firstname.lastname@example.org
A Lowndes County woman has been named Mississippi's Parent of the Year by the state Department of Education.
Roberta Weeks was awarded the designation late last week and received the letter in the mail informing her of the award on Saturday. The modest Weeks said she was surprised by the win.
"I received the letter on Saturday and was very, very surprised," Weeks said. "I was very surprised and honored."
Weeks was voted Lowndes County Parent of the Year in April by the Lowndes County School District for her volunteer work within the district. A mother of four, Weeks has volunteered in the New Hope School District since her children were small. The southwest Texas native uses her fluency in Spanish to connect with local Hispanic children and their families who have trouble with the language barrier. Not only does Weeks help tutor the young students in an effort to help them learn English, she also takes their families to the doctor, grocery shopping and high school football games.
In addition to her work with Hispanic families, Weeks is also a key organizer in the Joy Prom, a prom hosted at Mt. Vernon Church for special needs children. She also volunteered at Hannah House, a home for at-risk teenage girls.
Weeks is also involved with the Parent Teacher Organization, the Touchdown Club, Cheerleader Booster Club, Merit Parent Organization and Field Day. Outside of the school, Weeks and her family help organize a Salvation Army Angel Tree each Christmas. They have also served as bell ringers for the Salvation Army every year since 2005.
In 2004, Weeks was awarded the Teaching Family Model Award.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robin Ballard said the district is honored to have Weeks in the district.
"The administration and staff of LCSD is thrilled that our district's Parent of the Year has been named to the distinct honor of Mississippi's Parent of the Year," Ballard said.
"It is inspiring to know that the Mississippi Department of Education has recognized Roberta's giving spirit, dedication to our community, and willingness to extend herself to our students."
In July, Weeks will travel to the state board meeting in Jackson to be presented with the award.
Sarah Fowler covers crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.