Arbor Day is a National Observance that officially falls on the last Friday in April, but many states celebrate it at different times of the year based on the best tree planting time in their geographic region. Teachers and students from Crestview Elementary along with Cub Scout Troop 323 and board members of Live Oak Park put their muscle together recently to replant native trees in Live Oak Park. More than 200 trees were planted in observance of Arbor Day and in concert with other schools in the city that participated in Project ACORN. Thanks to everyone that put in the sweat equity to make help out.
The Converse Chapter of the Lions Club recently came by to surprise the 3rd grade at Elolf with a gift of student dictionaries. Each class in that grade level got a full set of dictionaries to use and expand their word toolbox that they'll use to be great writers. A big thank you to the Converse Lions Club.
Using what you have learned to help others is one of the great pillars of education and some of Judson's CTE students are putting their knowledge to work for others. Judson High School had its first blood drive of the year and the students in the school's Dental and Certified Nursing Assistant Program rolled up their sleeves to make this a success. This drive was specifically to help one of the district's own...Mrs. Vasquez who is an Algebra I teacher at Judson High School. Her son who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia is looking at several blood transfusions down the road. This drive is hoped, among other things, to help him out and others who will need this precious link to life. Thank you to everyone who donated. Monetary donations are also possible through the internship chapter of HOSA.
The DOGS (Dads Of Great Students) is a program that has proven to have a great impact on school campuses almost everywhere it's started. It's a nationwide program that employs the steady and positive influence of the presence of fathers and father-figures on school campuses. They are not just a help to students if they need assistance with their work, but they are there to talk to and an extra set of eyes and ears in the hallways and classrooms. Kirby Middle School officially launched it's DOGS program with its very first member...Edward Woods. We want to congratulate him and thank him for his choice to volunteer...he will be an asset to the school.
Mr. Edwards with his daughter Mya (6th grade)
Working and disciplining the body for athletic performance is a good thing, but there are a number of athletes who are showing they are working on the mind and spirit too. Female athletes involved in the M.A.D. (Making A Difference) program are individuals who have decided to get involved in their community. These girls recently walked with Stephanie Crane, a downs syndrome participant who the school has supported for the past 10 years. She is a former student of Coach Urbanovsky's from some 18 years ago. It's great to see time students decide to spend in the support of others. These individuals are growing in body, mind and spirit...giving to others.