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20130216 MCISD AgFarm Dedication AF 0019MISSION—Members of the community and Mission Consolidated Independent School District joined together last Saturday to celebrate the dedication of the MCISD Agriculture Science Lab in honor of Jose “Joe” Correa Jr. Correa, who dedicated 32 years to the district and the City of Mission.

Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez said the event was a big step for the district, and a historical time.

“This is an opportunity to honor a person who had a tremendous impact on a lot of students,” Gonzalez said.

Family members, friends, former students and staff all sat on the cool, sunny day sharing stories of Correa and his time with the district. MCISD Board President Dr. Sonia M. Treviño said Correa not only helped shaped the lives of students, but also was very active in the community.

Correa’s family invited former students and coworkers to say a few words during the dedication. Former student, Celina Garza explained she remembered meeting Correa at the age of seven.

“He (Correa) came to our house because one of my brother’s lambs had gotten loose….From that day on Mr. Correa has always been and continues to be a part of my life,” Garza said.

Veterans Memorial High School Ag teacher Ruben Alaniz said he had the pleasure of being taught by Correa and teaching alongside him.

“In 1978, I was a junior at Mission High School and I joined FFA, Mr. Correa taught me that agriculture was not only about animals and plants,” Alaniz said. “He said it’s about leadership, patriotism, citizenship and helping the community. He gave a lot of his time for us, and for that I am grateful.”

Jaime Correa, Jose Correa’s son, who was in attendance with family members, said they were happy to see such a large turnout, since they had no idea of what to expect.

“We are all very happy and proud. Of course, he is our dad, and we feel like he deserves it,” Jaime Correa said. “He has his good days and his bad days, I know he would have loved to be here. Unfortunately, because of his health, he wasn’t able to make the trip.”

Due to health problems, Joe Correa has moved to San Antonio to be closer to family.

A new sign sits at the entrance of the MCISD Agriculture Lab that was created by Mission welding students. The MCISD board has already approved planning of a new master facility at the ag farm, along with drainage and roadway improvements to the property.

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