The Jack Hardy Memorial Educational Service Award is given annually by the Texarkana Arkansas School District to a person who has given of him or herself through volunteer work. The award is named after a dedicated TASD volunteer named Jack Hardy.
We have presented many deserving volunteers with this award throughout past years, and this year is no exception. Our 2016 Jack Hardy Award recipient is Ms. Cordia Metcalf. Ms. Metcalf received her Bachelor of Elementary Education from College of the Ozarks and her Master of Education from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. She worked in the Texarkana Arkansas School District for 25 years and was named the TASD Teacher of the Year. Ms. Metcalf went on to become an Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist. After her retirement in 2014, Ms. Metcalf continued to be a role model for students and teachers.
Each week, Ms. Metcalf can be found volunteering on one of the TASD campuses. Her tireless volunteerism lead to her being named Mother of the Year by Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. Her volunteer work extends beyond working with TASD students and staff. She also volunteers with the Big Brother – Big Sister program, participates in the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, teaches bible study classes, and serves as a Deaconess and Board Trustee at Eleventh Street Baptist Church.