Big events always need volunteers to carry out the work that needs to be done for it to be successful. Judson High School's DECA chapter saw an opportunity at the Rock-N-Roll Health and Wellness Expo held at the Gonzalez Convention Center downtown. They assisted in greeting, registering and distributing t-shirts and sold apparel to the Rock-N-Roll Marathon runners. Thank you for your volunteer time.
The CAAS and PAFS student peer support groups for military connected students participated in the community service project "Toys4Tots." These groups are from Kitty Hawk, Converse, Olympia, Rolling Meadows, Salinas and Masters. They delivered teddy bear toys to kids at the SAMMC Inpatient Pediatric and Cancer Wards and hurting children who reside at Boysville. The gifts and effort put smiles on their faces and warmed many hearts. This whole project was supported and coordinated by parents of the schools involved and by Sylvia Greenwood, the Military Family Engagement Specialist. Thank you everyone for your time and efforts.
When you're a young child, having someone read you a story is such a treat. The staff at Human Resources remember what that's like and decided to bring their reading glasses and their best singing voices to Hopkins Elementary School. They divided up among Head Start, PK, K, 1st grade and 2nd grade students to read stories, sing songs with the kids and pass out special pencils for a special treat. The school appreciates the staff for coming out and spending some time with the great kids.
One of the fundamentals of sports is learning that you are a team and that success is rooted in looking beyond yourself for the good of others. The Judson High School Softball team exemplified those ideas over the Thanksgiving holidays. The team spent a day at Guadalupe Valley Habitat For Humanity to do some much needed painting. While they worked on their painting skills, they also worked on their team chemistry at the same time. It was a chance to give back to the community and help out this wonderful organization with their new building. The girls painted four rooms (and themselves) during their day of service. Having coaches that encourage this type of thing is also not something you see all the time. It's great to have them, leading these young people in thinking and doing for others.
The Wagner Drumline gets called to do a lot of special duty assignments...pep rallies, football games, special events of all sorts. They recently took part in the 6th Annual Step Up For Epilepsy 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas. These students endured the almost freezing temperatures and drizzling rain at Eisenhower Park to play for runners as they warmed up, started the race and finished it. If you see them, ask them if they need a cup of hot chocolate...they may still need a warm up after all that. Way to "Step Up" to the challenge for a good cause.