Lantana school namesake wins national lifetime PTA award

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Dorothy Adkins celebrates her 100th birthday at the school named after her, Adkins Elementary in Lantana, in December 2019 (photo courtesy of Denton ISD).

The Adkins Elementary School PTA on Thursday will honor its school’s namesake, Dorothy Adkins, with the Life Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the National PTA to leaders across the country.

The presentation coincides with Adkins’ 101st birthday. The prestigious award and celebration will be commemorated at 6 p.m. Thursday during the school’s December PTA Membership Meeting, which will take place virtually, via Zoom.

Adkins, a longtime Denton ISD teacher and schoo­l board member, was instrumental in the desegregation of Denton schools in the 1960s, breaking down racial barriers in the community, according to a Denton ISD news release. Her reputation as a child advocate and champion of public education is legendary in the Denton-area community.

Adkins Elementary opened in August 2014 in Lantana. The Adkins Elementary PTA previously honored Mrs. Adkins with the Texas PTA Honorary Life Membership Award & the Texas PTA Extended Service Award. The National PTA Life Achievement Award recognizes a person who lives out his or her commitment to children on a daily basis and tirelessly advocates for children’s education, health and well-being.

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