Student artists honor ‘Difference Maker’ award recipients

Difference Maker Ornaments


Oct 2020
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Student artists at Melissa Middle School have created the first set of personalized name plate ornaments to honor Melissa ISD employees who have received a Difference Maker award.

These ornaments, drawn and painted by students in Kimberly Slater’s art class, will be displayed on the Difference Makers tree at the Melissa Schools Home Office, located at 1904 Cooper Street.

The Difference Makers Vision

For the last six years, Superintendent Keith Murphy and the executive leadership team have developed a strategic guiding vision for each school year, with every new vision building on those from years prior. The six visions are listed below.

  • 2015-2016: Core Values
  • 2016-2017: Team Melissa
  • 2017-2018: Tell Our Story
  • 2018-2019: Joy & Gratitude
  • 2019-2020: Difference Makers
  • 2020-2021: Valuing Our Potential

Along with the 2019-2020 vision of “Difference Makers” came the Difference Maker award initiative, a way to honor district employees who have made a significant impact through their service at Melissa Schools.

Since August 2018, more than 45 employees have received a Difference Maker award.

Difference Makers Tree

The Difference Makers tree was proposed, designed, and built last year by North Creek Elementary art teacher, Ashley Fortune, over the course of three months. The tree fixture is made of welded rebar, linseed oil patina, and wire, and is affixed to the wall on the south end of the Melissa ISD board room.

Students from each school in Melissa will continue to have the opportunity to design name plate ornaments as future Difference Makers are recognized.

Difference Makers Tree

The Difference Makers Tree at the Melissa Schools Home Office.

Media Contact:
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications

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