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San Antonio Man Receives Governor's 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

San Antonio Man Receives Governor's 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award(AUSTIN) – Charles M. Fisk of San Antonio, Texas was presented the “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award during the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. The award was presented by Oliver Bell, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. “We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”

Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Criminal Justice Volunteer Award - Literacy Highland Lakes received an award for volunteering its literacy services to female inmates at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer ceremony in Austin on April 17.

Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award - During ceremonies in Austin, Sally May of Granite Shoals accepted the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award on behalf of Literacy Highland Lakes. For 27 years, this 501(c)(3) volunteer-based non-profit group has conducted GED classes at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet, Texas.

Success Stories

Success Story IconNEW - They didn’t give up - "It makes me feel really good to know that these guys aren’t giving up just because they’re in prison."

Success Story IconNEW - I learned a great deal - "I really enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal. Painting and Decorating is something I always wanted to do and learn."

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"I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."

Success Story IconNEW - I now have a good job - "My Windham teachers showed patience, effort, and kindness; they were very helpful"

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Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.