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Elgin Middle School honors local business, community leader

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    Elgin Middle School principal Riza Cooper presents an award to community member Valerie Navejas. Courtesy photo

Mahatma Gandi once said, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” Today, as we recognize monumental leaders of the African-American History Movement, we must pause, and recognize those among us who are making history now. After all, this moment that we are all sharing will one day, be history.

This year, Elgin Middle School would like to present a Living Legacy Award to one remarkable community member. This community member is well-known in the town of Elgin for her charitable actions to benevolent organizations. Groups such as Bluebonnet Trails, Operation Blue Santa, the First Baptist Church Food Pantry, Down Home Ranch, Elgin High School Project Celebration and the Veterans of Foreign Wars have reaped the benefit of her fundraising efforts.

In Elgin, she is known as a prominent businesswoman and has received accolades for her outstanding accomplishments in the field of real estate. Students around Elgin ISD know her as a beloved Zumba teacher. Former co-workers know she is level-headed in crisis. To know her is to love her, and while many are friends and fans, her two beautiful daughters, Bella and Nani, simply call her “Mom.” While her sister didn’t think of her favorite flower off-hand, she did say, “Pick wildflowers... that describes her perfectly.”

Please join me in honoring this year’s Living Legacy Award Recipient, Valerie Navejas.