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Keeping Up with the Joneses: The 2023 Westside Recipients to Be Honored at Homecoming

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The Westside Recipients, Bill and JoAnna Jones with their daughters, Abigail and Katie Jones.

Congratulations to Bill and JoAnna Jones, the 2023 Westside Recipients! Westside Recipients are selected by Coronado High School’s principal due to their outstanding involvement with the Coronado community and dedication to serving others. Mr. and Mrs. Jones will be honored for their hard work at the Homecoming Halftime Show and during the Homecoming Parade.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones, along with the First Evangelical Free Church, have been serving Coronado High School and Holmes Middle School for over eight years. Bill volunteers his time with Cougars Care, the Coronado-based organization working to serve those in need, and—along with Coach Cody Bernbeck, Coronado’s head basketball coach—directs the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a student-led Bible study at Coronado. JoAnna has organized an after-school club at Holmes, with the help of church volunteers. “They are just truly genuine and authentic about wanting to serve and serve well,” said Mr. Brent Urban, director of Cougars Care.

Spearheading their church’s mission to, in their words, “love, care and support the families in our westside community,” Mr. and Mrs. Jones have supported church plans to build a “home base for our ministry” between Coronado and Holmes to be used as a student drop-off location to alleviate traffic. “We seek to be a positive influence in the lives of students,” the couple said, dedicating tremendous time and effort to empowering students, providing school supplies, Help Center volunteers, and church funds to the Coronado and Holmes community.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones are parents to Abigail Jones, Class of 2024, and Katie Jones, an 8th Grader at Holmes Middle School. All members of the Jones family have a passion for community service, with Abi having volunteered for Cougars Care since her freshman year, and Katie serving on the Cougars Care Board of Directors as the Holmes representative.

“We are humbly accepting this award on behalf of First Evangelical Free Church,” Bill and JoAnna stated, but their impact on the Westside community has been anything but humble. Thousands of students and their families have been touched by the Joneses’ immense kindness, and all are incredibly grateful for their service. The Westside is fortunate to experience their thoughtfulness, generosity, and willingness to serve.

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    BrentSep 11, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you Joneses! You’re the best!

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    Laura KelleySep 7, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    This is so awesome and so well deserved! Thank you Jones Family! We love you!

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