Tarleton volunteers receive awards from Foster's Home for Children

Myrtie Foster Awards

Tarleton State University

Monday, September 10, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Volunteers from two organizations affiliated with Tarleton State University were recognized by Foster’s Home for Children on Saturday during their annual Children’s Day celebration.

Presented annually, the Myrtie Foster Awards recognize individuals and groups who “exhibit the spirit of sacrifice” in serving the children at the Foster’s Home. Among the four awards presented this year, volunteer members of Tarleton Mentors and T.R.E.A.T. (Tarleton Equine Assisted Therapy) were recognized for their continued service and kindness shown to the local non-profit foster home.

“You can’t fathom the value and significance of the Tarleton students’ work with our volunteers, staff and children,” Glenn Newberry, president and CEO of Foster’s Home for Children, said when presenting the awards. “Never in 20 years have we had this level of involvement and support from Tarleton State University, but we’ve had college students flock to our halls and we’re proud of our relationship with Tarleton and their presence on our campus.”

Tarleton Mentors was formed five years ago on campus and boasts approximately 70 members, said Laura Prewitt, founder and president of the student organization. Established by several agriculture students with experience in raising livestock for exhibition, Prewitt said Tarleton Mentors began as a volunteer group to assist Foster’s Home children with their 4-H animal projects.

Since then, the Tarleton Mentors, under the guidance of adviser Dr. Barry Lambert, has grown in membership with students from all academic disciplines and now help with numerous duties at Foster’s Home each week such as assisting with laundry, cleaning of the residential group care homes, reading and tutoring, and simply serving as mentors to the children.

“Tarleton Mentors has changed my life, and I also know of some of these kids who have changed the mentors’ lives,” said Prewitt, a counseling psychology graduate student at Tarleton. “We strive to steer the children towards continuing education and college. We show them our love, spend time with them and above all, show them we care.”

Shelby Thiebaud, accepting the award on behalf of Dr. David Snyder and the T.R.E.A.T. program, said welcoming Foster’s Home children to the university’s equine center each week for horseback rides is a blessing that provides Tarleton students with opportunities to give back to their community.

“The smiles on the children’s faces melt your heart,” said Thiebaud. “They gain confidence by riding horseback by themselves, and it’s beyond a blessing to work with the Foster’s Home kids. I want to thank them, actually, for coming to us.”

Founded in 1960, Foster’s Home for Children has provided for the needs of more than 4,000 Texas children at their 55-acre campus north of Stephenville. The late Sherwood Foster, an oilman and rancher, with his wife Myrtie, founded the home named in their honor, which annually presents the Myrtie Foster Award to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the facility and children.

For more information about T.R.E.A.T., visit http://www.tarleton.edu/treat/. To learn more about Tarleton Mentors, visit http://www.tarleton.edu/tarletonmentors/.


Tarleton State University
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Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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