What a wonderful sight it is to see students who still know how valuable community service is. DECA and National Honor Society students from Judson High School volunteered recently at the San Antonio Food Bank. And they got busy...with the time they were there, they were able to sort and pack a total of 21,975 pounds of food. That equals to 17,580 meals for families in the San Antonio community who really need them. Thank you for your service.
Involving businesses from the local and even regional area in the education of students is invaluable because they bring real life experience to the classroom. While this goes on at many different levels, recently at Wagner High School there were some great examples where students soaked up some great information and picked the brains of some industry leaders.
Wagner's Culinary Arts Program welcomed Chef Travis Hawthorne from Aguste Escoffier Culinary School in Austin. Chef Travis demonstrated Vietnamese spring rolls to the Culinary 1 students and Italian stir fry to the Culinary 2 students. Along with the tasty demo, he also visited with students about his personal education and military experiences and his enjoyment of cooking for others...especially his friends and family. Chef Travis travels around the state speaking to students like this to encourage students interested in this industry, the entrepreneurial options and the opportunities at the Aguste Escoffier Culinary School.
Also, Wagner welcomed Ms. Sonia Garcia who is the Brand Manager for BB&T Bank and Ms. Monica Delgado, insurance consultant with Liberty Mutual. Both spoke to business minded students about career opportunities in the business and finance world and what kind of education is needed to be successful in it. We thank all of these business partners in bringing their experiences to our students so they can peek around the corner, so to speak, and see what the marketplace is looking like.
A number of the Key Club members from Judson Early College Academy spent a Saturday recently to make a difference in their corner of the world. They get out and do what they can to twice a month in cleaning up the community. It's called "Adopt A Spot and they joined forces with Psi Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., one of the city's leading fraternal nonprofit organizations, to get their "spot" spic and span. As the group fanned out and began their work, they were greeted by local business owners and local residents who were pleased see them out. The JECA Key Club is led by its officers and club sponsor Coach J. Coleman who have decided that one of their goals this school year will be to maintain a positive presence in the community and grow as student leaders.
Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with ways to offer service, build character and develop leadership.
United Way is an organization that provides financial support to a number of great organizations in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. Many of those organizations help people who can't help themselves or who just need some help through a tough stretch. The United Way campaign begins October 13, 2016 and runs through the end of the month. We hope everyone participates...in fact there will be a drawing among campuses with 98-100 percent participation for a $1,000 grant from the Judson Education Foundation.
Some important preps have been going on too. The first meeting of the United Way Campus Champions was recently hosted at JISD District Office as everyone got organized and pumped to kickoff this year's campaign.