At Keller Saginaw High School in Fort Worth Texas, a charter school operated by International Leadership (IL) Texas, the voice of parents has always been a driving force for the school. Indeed, it was the demand from parents for different options in the local community that led IL Texas to found Keller Saginaw High School in 2017. The school motto of “Others Before Self” is deeply embedded in the culture and wholeheartedly embraced by students and their families. IL Texas moms Samantha Alloggio and Heather Rivera developed a deep bond while supporting their daughters through an instructional program that was very different from what they had experienced previously. During an overnight school trip with their daughters, Heather learned that Samantha was born with a genetic kidney disease which forced her to use a dialysis machine each night to survive. In response, Heather made the life-saving decision to become a kidney donor, allowing Samantha to regain her health, become a full-time student herself, run a 5k and to live a life without the need for dialysis. This is just another stunning example of charter school parents who, while standing shoulder-to-shoulder in support of their children and school, develop bonds leading them to make heart-to-heart gestures that inspire us all.
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