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GOAL brings home Magna, one of four in state

Denton Independent School District’s GOAL Program (Guys/Girls Operating As Leaders) received an Honorable Mention in the prestigious Magna Awards program, one of 33 total winners from across the U.S. with three others from Texas, who are recognized for making a difference in the lives of America’s youth.


   Sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ), the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities. The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operation.

“Creativity and innovation are needed to help students realize their full potential,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director and CEO. “The Magna Award-winning districts are prime examples of how public schools all over the country are working to give students a high-quality education and life.”


      GOAL (Guys/Gals Operating as Leaders) transforms students from risk takers to game changers. Through soccer and mentoring, Second Language Learners and At-Risk students become campus and community stakeholders. GOAL’s easily replicated vision draws in and inspires family, school, and community to become involved in education.    


      Celebrating its eighth school year, the program is designed and led by teacher volunteers who make an impact on hundreds of students at no cost to the district, leaving an indelible impression on students.


“GOAL is honored to represent the Denton Independent School District on a national level. This recognition is the product of teacher dedication and the visionary leadership of our Trustees and Administrators,” said Chris Ice, teacher and co-founder of the program. “GOAL is just one example of the services offered by the Denton ISD that is making the education industry and the nation take notice.”


GOAL is featured in the ASBJ as an example for other school districts to implement.