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In honor of ’Bel

‘Bel Nafegar Sanchez Elementary Principal, Rosemary Reed (left) presented ‘Bel Sanchez with the portrait of her that will be displayed in the school named after Sanchez.


ozens of community leaders, coworkers, friends and family of ‘Bel Sanchez packed the auditorium at the new ‘Bel Nafegar Sanchez Elementary in October for the dedication of the school named in Sanchez’ honor. Those who attended included friends of the well-known community leader who drove from Brownsville for the event. Everyone believed Sanchez is a most deserving recipient


Photos and story by Joshua Truksa

of the honor of a namesake school. “I was not surprised at all,” Texas State Rep. Ed Thompson said of when he learned of the naming of the school. “She truly deserves to be recognized by the district. She’s done a lot – she’s done a lot, you know, for the diverse communities of this district, which is very varied in some cases. You know, they – they might not have an advocate, but ‘Bel is always an advo-

cate.” Fellow ACC Board of Regents board member Mike Pyburn echoed Thompson on the flawlessness of Sanchez as the chosen namesake for the school. “’Bel has been a tireless worker for the district and the community and couldn’t think of a better way to honor her,” Pyburn said. Sanchez gave a speech about some of the activities she has done in the commu-

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nity that led others to deem her worthy of having a school with her name on it. She said she had no regrets of continuing to work hard 58 years after she first started working at the age of 12. “I am so blessed because that is the legacy my parents gave me – work hard, hard, hard; don’t expect anything from anyone. You earn it, you do it, you’ll get it, and thank God, that’s what happened in my life,” Sanchez said.

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