Lufkin woman one of 15 to win top education award in Austin

Bonner is 1 out of 15 Texans to receive the award (Source: KTRE Staff)
Bonner is 1 out of 15 Texans to receive the award (Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman who has dedicated the past 15 years to helping kids in need and volunteering her time to school districts in California, Oregon, and Texas will be awarded a top education award on Friday.

Guessippini Bonner is 1 out of 15 Texans who will receive the Heroes for Children award at the State Board of Education meeting on Friday, Sept. 19 in Austin.

"I grew up in a household with educators so children has been a part of my life since I was a child, which I promised myself I would never, ever, ever, ever do. It did not work," Bonner said.

The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by the State Board members and recognized for the time they have used to volunteer, and improve the public schools in their communities, according to a press release.

"I've always worked with kids. I believe in children. They are our future. We're responsible and as adults if we don't take the responsibility to train them and to help them then we have no right to complain," Bonner said.

Bonner works mostly with children in need of clothing, food and encouragement, she said. She is also the creator of Sarah's Hope, an organization that reaches out to young people as a way to enhance achievement through the fine arts, the press release said.

Bonner said the award was all because of Brandon Elementary principal, Dr. Walter.

"Actually it's just hitting me. [For her to say] we can do this and if we don't get this, we will do something else, that kind of attitude and for her to think that I'm worthy of such an award, is just overwhelming," Bonneer said.

The ceremony is at 9 a.m. in Room 1-104 of the William B. Travis State Office Building at 1701 N. Congress Ave., in Austin. The ceremony will be broadcast online at


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