Becky Rentz, president of Wylie’s education foundation, will be inducted into the district’s Hall of Honor during Homecoming festivities on Sept. 27.
Betty Kruger and Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Kirkpatrick will join Rentz in the 2019 Hall of Honor Class.
Kruger has volunteered for the Wylie schools for more than 20 years. She started volunteering at the old Butterfield campus and now volunteers at the West Early Childhood Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Kirkpatrick owned the Wylie Superette from 1929 until 1969. Charlie and Mary Davis later owned the store, which was at the corner of Buffalo Gap Road and Antilley Lane, where Mr. Burger is now. The store was built at that site in 1903 and was owned and operated by several different people over the years. Most people remember it as Charlie’s, but the Kirkpatricks actually owned it longer than any other owner.
Rentz is a former Wylie teacher, parent and school board member. She served on the school board for 13 years. In 2010, she saw that many districts in Texas were creating education foundations to help the schools with technology and other costs that the state did not cover. She created the Wylie Bulldogs Education Foundation as a nonprofit to raise funds to promote excellence in the schools. The foundation celebrates its 10th fundraising dinner on Oct. 3. Becky has served as board president and director since it began. Under her leadership, the WBEF has donated more than $480,000 to the schools in the form of teacher grants, senior scholarships and new teacher support.
The newest members of Wylie’s Hall of Honor will be inducted during a Hall of Honor and Alumni Luncheon Sept. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the auxiliary gym at Wylie High School. The public is invited to come enjoy a complimentary barbecue lunch and offer their congratulations to the newest Hall of Honor members.
The Wylie Growl will have more indepth stories about each new member in the December issue!