Two Killeen Independent School District school board members were honored as humanitarians of the year by the Killeen Area Alliance of Black School Educators.

Corbett Lawler and Minerva Trujillo were each presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award during the alliance’s annual scholarship and recognition ceremony Friday evening at Fowler Elementary.

“We’re honoring people who have dedicated a life-long career dealing with public school education and taking care of kids in our community and our district,” said KAABSE President Brockley Moore.

Trujillo, who retired from Killeen ISD in 2009, said she was beyond honored to receive the award.

“I think KAABSE is one of those organizations that not a lot of people know about, but they really work hard for the kids in this community. I don’t think they get the recognition that they deserve,” she said.

Lawler spoke about the importance of educating young students during his acceptance speech.

“Children are full of innocence, purity and love for God. If we deprive them of anything, we have to answer to God,” he said.

The ceremony also recognized teachers Joshua Cuevas and Jennifer Washington for their work, and awarded high school seniors with $10,000 in academic scholarships.

Awards and scholarships also were handed out to pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade campuses.

Alice W. Douse, a charter member of KAABSE and the first African-American principal in the Killeen ISD, said the event plays a significant role in fostering education in the community.

“It gives you the opportunity to help a child continue their education and it brings the community together because a lot of the contributions and donations are from community persons,” she said.

Several city and Killeen ISD officials were in attendance, including Mayor Dan Corbin.

“Many of these children would not have these opportunities if it weren’t for you,” Corbin told attendees.

The guest speaker for the event was John M. Craft, deputy superintendent of Killeen ISD, who directed his message to the students being honored.

“Mediocrity is the enemy of excellence,” he said.

KAABSE, an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, began organizing the event in 2005, Moore said.

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