December 20, 2017
Darryl Bush (center) hugs Sadie Woodard, namesake of Woodard Elementary School, after he was presented with a superintendent’s coin by Principal Susan Brenz for his above-and-beyond service to more than 60 families heavily affected by Hurricane Harvey
Dec. 20, 2017—Usually very punctual in doings with Woodard Elementary School, Darryl Bush was running a little behind in getting to the school on Dec. 20.
The Woodard staff was having its annual holiday breakfast in the library. With the relaxed morning and games for team building, Bush wasn’t too worried about his running a little late. That was until Woodard Principal Susan Brenz called trying to find out how far away he was.
He wasn’t just missing breakfast or the games. Once inside the library, Bush joined Brenz in front of the staff and listened as the principal read a recent email she sent to CFISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry. Bush, a community youth service specialist at both Woodard and Cypress Ranch High School, works side by side with Woodard staff to support more than 60 families devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Much of the work is above and beyond, while Bush is also a mentor for two Woodard students.
Darryl Bush (center), a community youth service specialist at Woodard Elementary School, poses with Woodard Principal Susan Brenz (left) and Sadie Woodard, the school namesake, after he was presented with a superintendent’s coin for his continued service to the school.
Then Brenz unveiled and presented Bush with a Superintendent’s Challenge Coin. The words “Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award” are inscribed on an outside ring, circling the coin’s meaning. It states: “This challenge coin is presented for extraordinary contributions to the students and state of our district.”
“It was incredible and I wasn’t expecting anything,” Bush said. “Doing this for almost 20 years in the district, it’s good to be noticed and for someone to say, ‘Hey, thank you for what you do.’ It touched my heart that this administration, this principal and everybody values me and that’s a wonderful thing. I’ve had people say it before but she’s gone over and beyond.”
Bush has regularly visited or checked in with Brenz or staff members to get updates on what needs students had. He coordinated with Towne Lake Fast Action Response Team, which donated books and toys for a “shopping” area in an adjacent room to the Woodard library.
Darryl Bush (center), a community youth service specialist at Woodard Elementary School, shows his superintendent’s coin to Roy Garcia, CFISD associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development. Bush was presented with the coin at a surprise ceremony Dec. 20 at the school.
He was nominated by the school’s namesake – Sadie Woodard also attended the ceremony and was one of the first people to give Bush a hug after receiving the coin.
The first, of course, was Brenz.
“Here at Woodard, we talk about being all in and part of the Wolfpack, and it feels like he’s been with us since the very beginning,” she said. “He uses his time after school to contact our families and he’s part of what’s going on here. He’s an extension of our community and we could not have survived this school year without his support.
A “shopping area” was set up in an adjacent room to the Woodard Elementary School library, with the project a coordinated effort between Darryl Bush, a community youth service specialist, and the Towne Lake Fast Action Response Team. The items were set up for Woodard students and families in need, especially those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“When you look at the history of what the coin is for, it’s for people that go over and above, and they are exceptional in what they do. He’s one of those people.”