Friends Gala

Friends of Texas Public Schools hosts an annual Gala to honor award recipients and celebrate the accomplishments of Texas public schools.  We give three awards each year: Friend of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, and the Founder's Distinguished Service Award.

The Friend of the Year Award was established by Friends to honor those rare individuals and organizations who step up as champions for those who learn and work in our schools. Honorees clearly see beyond the sensational headlines and often negative politics and understand that the success of Texas public education is everyone’s business.

The Ambassador of the Year Award was established by Friends to highlight the efforts of an educator stepping up as a champion for the public schools of Texas, in hopes that he or she will inspire other educators to take bold action in defense of their good name.

The Founder’s Distinguished Service Award was created to honor organizations whose support and service has been instrumental to the success of Texas public schools. The 20 education service centers across the state have quietly served our public schools for the last 50 years, providing vital services that have enabled school districts to educate students effectively and efficiently.