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As we as a country honor President George H.W. Bush today in a National Day of Mourning, as a school community we remember that he honored All Saints on December 17, 1990 by designating the school as the “319th Daily Point of Light.”

At that time, Ken Bastian was All Saints’ Headmaster and was a close personal friend of the Bush family. Prior to coming to All Saints, Bastian was a professional speech writer for President Bush. On behalf of All Saints, Bastian applied for the Points of Light designation and received it in December 1990. President Bush established the Daily Point of Light Award to encourage and empower the spirit of service. At that time, All Saints was the only organization in Lubbock to receive the Points of Light award.

Letters from President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Foundation honoring All Saints are framed and hanging in Celeste Thompson’s Advancement Office in the Administration Building.

One of the enduring parts of former President George H.W. Bush’s legacy was his commitment to service and his “thousand points of light” belief that America’s volunteer organizations “are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good.” During his presidency Bush handed out “Point of Light Awards” six days a week to citizens working to aid their communities through volunteer work.

To date, more than 6,000 awards have been given to individuals and organizations that represent the heart and soul of our country and, through them, the legacy of President Bush lives on. Points of Light has more than 250 affiliates in 30 countries and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and companies dedicated to volunteer service around the world.