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Mathews Elementary School Honors Community Members on May 8

Mathews Elementary School will induct three community members into the Mathews Hall of Honor, recognizing the significant effect their lives of service have made in the Austin community. 

The 2015 annual Hall of Honor induction ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. Friday, May 8, at Mathews Elementary, with remarks from school and district officials, and Mathews students.

Following the ceremony, participants and visitors may take guided tours of the school, a state historic landmark.

This year's honorees are:

  • As her two children attended Mathews, Sara Belknap served on the PTA board, helping start the Octoberama fall carnival, launching the sixth-grade camp tradition and establishing Godzilla as the “official” (unofficial) mascot. She was 50 when she decided to become an elementary art teacher, in 2001. During her 14 years teaching art at Mathews, she was honored as Mathews Teacher of the Year (2007–08), commissioned the many permanent art installations that celebrate the school’s culture, and shared thousands of discoveries in the art room with hundreds of inspiring students.
  • Kim Kronzer O’Brien served in many volunteer roles at Mathews while her children attended the school, and helped drive the effort to have Mathews designated as a state historic landmark. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Clarksville Community Development Corporation, which preserves the neighborhood’s history while also providing affordable housing rental options on Austin’s west side.
  • Saralyn White Stewart entered Mathews Elementary in 1951, where her mother and older siblings had attended and her children would later attend. She is a lifelong resident of Clarksville with a long career that includes the city of Austin, IBM and UT-Austin, from which she is now semi-retired. As a leader of Mathews Friends for Excellence, Stewart works to continue the Mathews traditions of educating children toward positive attitudes, nurtuting academic foundations and fostering a lifelong love of learning.

Mathews Elementary, one of AISD’s oldest elementary schools, celebrates its 100th anniversary in September 2016.