On Dec. 12, Austin Founder Lions will visit Boone Elementary School, named for former AFLC member George Boone and his wife Johnnie.
Present a photo ID in the office before noon. Lunch will be available in the Library at noon, and the 5th grade choir will provide the program.
AFLC will present Alan Stevens, principal, with a check for $500 which will be used toward the purchase of picnic tables.
Boone opened its doors on September 3, 1986. The building was dedicated and named after George and Johnnie Boone. George was a retired educator for 29 years. He taught drivers education at McCallum HS. The Texas Driver and Safety Education named him Teacher of the Year in 1982. He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelors and masters in education. He was a World War II veteran. His daughters said he loved simple traditions like swimming in Barton Springs, and eating pancakes on a Sunday morning before church. He passed away on February 8, 2000.
Johnnie Boone also graduated from UT and served as a classroom teacher for 18 years before becoming an elementary coordinator. Johnnie was passionate about early childhood education and was active at the state level to require kindergarten for students. She became the principal of Sunset Valley Elementary and remained there until her retirement. The Austin Association of Teachers honored her with the title of Administrator of the Year in 1982. Johnnie loves to write and has worked on writing her memoirs to help tell the story of Texas. She is a member of the Daughter of the Republic of Texas where she shares her heritage and encourages others to value the past. Mrs. Boone passed away on March 7, 2012.
George and Johnnie married in 1944. They had two daughters; Mary Lou Clayton, former principal of Lee Elementary in Austin, and Dorris, who died when she was in the prime of her life. They also have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren all living in Austin.
Meals provided by Tommy Cowan, please pay online or bring $10 towards your meal.