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EMS ISD Named YMCA Partnership of the Year

YMCA of Greater Fort Worth Community Partnership AwardEagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD and the YMCA of Greater Fort Worth have fostered a close relationship to better serve students both during and after school. 

The success of this effort was recognized by the YMCA when they named EMS ISD the Partnership of the Year recipient during their celebration luncheon held on June 7 at the Palmwood Event and Conference Center in Downtown Fort Worth. 

EMS ISD is the first school district to ever receive this recognition from the YMCA of Greater Fort Worth. 

EMS ISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Linda Parker attended the event on behalf of EMS ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Chadwell, and said, “EMS ISD and the YMCA of Greater Fort Worth work collaboratively and innovatively to meet the needs of our community. We value this partnership because we know that when we work together, better outcomes are achieved for our children, our parents, our community."   

At the event, YMCA of Greater Fort Worth President/CEO Mike Brown told the crowd about the collaborative partnership between the District and the Y and the successful outcomes for students as a result. 

“Throughout our history, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth has always been supported and empowered by our collaborative communities,” Brown said. “We are proud to partner with Dr. Chadwell and EMS ISD to provide essential programming to our community and are excited to recognize them with this year’s YMCA Community Partnership Award.” 

The partnership, which is more than 25 years old, includes an after-school program for students in grades Kindergarten through fifth, a youth leadership program, and the Swim Safe elementary school program. Additional partner opportunities are being developed for the future. 

“It's important to forge relationships and partnerships with organizations such as the YMCA to help fulfill ourYMCA of Greater Fort Worth Community Partnership Award mission to foster a culture of excellence for every student,” said EMS ISD Executive Director of Secondary Services Walter Berringer, who also represents EMS ISD on the Northwest YMCA board of directors. The award was presented by YMCA of Greater Fort Worth Vice Chair Melissa Rankin. She spoke about the love and support she has received from her son’s EMS ISD elementary school, and the benefits of the YMCA after-school program he attends. 

“We are humbled by the YMCA's recognition of the partnership between Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD and the Y because it gives us the confirmation that they value the relationship as much as we do,” Berringer added. 

Also in attendance at the luncheon was EMS ISD Chief of Police Charles Ramirez. Leaders from The Y plan to attend a future EMS ISD Board Meeting to present this award to the board members and thank them for their support.