“We need five donated cars by the end of May!”

Five Stephenville High School seniors smiled as Glenn Newberry, President of Foster’s Home for Children, made the announcement Saturday during Children’s Day celebration.

Each year, seniors are provided a car for their determination in completing school. Up to this point, the Home’s patrons have been there to meet the needs. However, this year’s graduating number has more than doubled.

Each twelfth grader gave a short speech of appreciation to Newberry, house parents, and the staff for the spiritual encouragement offered to them to succeed in school and life.

Five students who had 90 percent or above average this past school year were recognized.

One freshmen, who also had the highest year’s average, was a member of Stephenville High School’s cross examination debate team that advanced to state level competition last spring. The two-person team placed 8th out of 64 teams. Donations enabled her to attend summer debate camps and workshops to be ready for this year’s competitions.

Newberry read a number of e-mails from former students who praised Foster’s Home leadership that allowed them to gain independence once they found the right pathway to the future. Two former students are presently in college and keep in touch with the director.

“We can assist them even after leaving if only for phone counseling,” he said.

Newberry lauded the Board of Directors that serves the children and those in attendance who made donations.

Two retired board members were presented plaques for their years of service.

Marvin Crawford of Poolville received special recognition for his $350,000 donation for the physical plant and commissary. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the end of the celebration banquet.

Newberry received a standing ovation for his work and dedication.

The Foster’s Home fund drive is in full swing. For more information on how to donate, call 254-968-2143.