Position: Parent Coordinator
School: International Newcomer Academy
School District: Fort Worth Independent School District
City, State: Fort Worth, TX
Music that Describes Faiha
Faiha Al-Atrash was nominated by her colleague, Kathryn Lemmons.
There are hundreds of reasons why Ms. Al-Atrash is a LifeChanger, but one reason stands out the most. On April 19, 2019, a middle school student was attacked on her way to her bus stop in the morning. Through the struggle, the young girl managed to get away and run to her bus. The bus driver immediately called 9-1-1 and the young girl's school, International Newcomer Academy, to alert everyone to the seriousness of the situation.
Ms. Al-Atrash was one of the first people at the bus to hold and calm the girl while waiting for the ambulance. She was the one who had to go to the young girl's home to tell her mother about the horrible situation. This young girl was in ICU for some time, and eventually sent to Dallas to wait for a heart transplant.
During this ordeal, Ms. Al-Atrash organized a Go Fund Me to help the family; the father had to take a leave of absence during the hospitalization. She was instrumental in getting this family the help and money they needed during this tragedy. In addtion, the family's vehicle broke down, and Ms. Al-Atrash was able to find a donor to give them a new van.
"The support and dedication Faiha has for the the families at my school is beyond comprehension," said Lemmons. "She is always finding donors to support families in need, give food to students for the weekends during the summer, and donations so our students can go on field trips. She is tireless. For all of these reasons, I believe she deserves to be recognized as a LifeChanger."