Amarillo Physician Honored as Hero for Children

State Board Honors Amarillo Physician as Hero for Children
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September 16, 2016—The State Board of Education (SBOE) honored Amarillo physician Dr. Alan Keister for his work in making healthcare more accessible to children in AISD, presenting him with the 2016 Heroes for Children Award during a ceremony in Austin on Friday.

The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by SBOE members and recognized for volunteering their time, talents and skills to help improve the public schools in their communities.

Dr. Keister worked for years to bring free health care to the students in Amarillo neighborhoods through free health clinics at the local schools. His efforts have resulted in an actual brick and mortar clinic – Heal the City – which provides medical assistance to the children who need immunizations, medications and medical care. Dr. Keister says being named a Hero for Children is an unforgettable honor.  “What an honor it is to be recognized alongside some really great people who volunteer in schools across Texas. I am humbled to be in the presence of some amazing people today. It was an incredible experience.”

Dr. Keister was among 15 honorees statewide, one from each SBOE district.  This marks the third year the District 15 hero is an AISD nominee. “Nominating Dr. Keister is an opportunity to acknowledge the time, effort and financial support he has invested in the children of Amarillo and their families, and to hopefully inspire others,” said Denise Blanchard, AISD program director of community partnerships, who nominated Dr. Keister on behalf of AISD.

Each hero receives a certificate, a copy of the SBOE resolution in their honor and photographs commemorating the ceremony. The names of the honorees will also be engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency. 

The Heroes for Children presentation by the SBOE is available for viewing online, with the presentation to Dr. Keister beginning at 1:15:00 in the video.


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