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Posts published in “Day: February 11, 2020

Aldine High students begin work on METRO’s design challenge

A group of Aldine High School students pose with METRO employees as they visited METRO to get advice and hands-on experience as they and seven other teams from Aldine ISD participate in METRO’s design challenge.

METRO Houston, in partnership with Aldine ISD, is providing students with a real-world design challenge.

Students in grades 9-12 have been given the opportunity to redesign the Greenspoint METRO Transit Center. Teams from across Aldine will be submitting their design proposals to a panel of reviewers for a chance to earn a spot as one of the top eight teams. Each of the top eight teams will present their design ideas to a panel of experts at Metro’s headquarters downtown.

A group of Aldine High School students in Patrice Craft’s Architecture Design II class are involved in this year’s partnership and had the opportunity to meet with members of the construction and planning department from METRO Houston.

This year’s challenge will be using urban design concepts to re-imagine the Greenspoint Transit Center. Mike Martinez, Public Affairs Director for METRO, provided the students with METRO’s System Map and explained how the bus routes are color-coded based on service frequency. The service frequency for the red route is every 10 – 15 minutes, the blue route is every 20 – 30 minutes and the green route is every 60 minutes. Understanding how the bus routes work will help the students understand the customer’s needs. This knowledge will help the students design their projects with the needs of the customers at the forefront.

Brandie Lockett, Urban Designer for METRO, shared her passion for urban design with the students and discussed how urban design could play into the role of the METRO Transit Center at Greenspoint.

Pan Riko: Aldine’s sweet bread destination

Pan Riko Bakery located at 5216 Aldine Mail Rt.

By Christina Autry

Looking at the online reviews of Pan Riko in the East Aldine District, I quickly got the message that this Mexican bakery is well-loved not only by people in the surrounding community, but from all over Houston. Customers extol the virtues of this modest panadería and are willing to drive from all corners of Houston once they have experienced these delectable and affordable baked goods.

Coming from Aldine Mail Route Road at I-45, you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see large red letters on the strip center façade which read “Pan Riko,” meaning “tasty bread,” which you’ll find to be an accurate description. Upon walking in, you follow the same protocol as in any panadería: pick up a round, plastic tray, and make your way around the many shelves of baked goods protected by glass doors. Tongs in each section are provided for you to snag any items that catch your eye.

Though not a large store, Pan Riko offers all of the traditional Mexican bready sweets that a panadería aficionado would expect to find, as well as tres leches and other specialty cakes made to order.

Davis High School hosts TXDOT’s ‘Click it or Ticket’ press conference

Aldine ISD police officer Mike Smith delivered remarks during the Texas Department of Transportation’s press conference to kickoff its “Teen Click it or Ticket” campaign at Davis High School on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation chose Davis High School to hold a press conference to kickoff its “Teen Click it or Ticket” campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The press conference was held in the student parking lot and attended by a group of Davis High students.

TxDOT is holding press conferences across the state to make teenage drivers aware of the importance of wearing seat belts when they are driving or riding in a vehicle.

According to TxDOT, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teenagers and in 2018 nearly half of teens killed in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt. In 2018, of the 264 teen drivers and passengers killed in crashes, 111 were unrestrained. That means more than 100 lives could have been saved just by buckling up.

In addition to hearing from a number of law enforcement personnel, and TXDOT officials, Davis students also viewed a mangled truck that was involved in a rollover crash in which two teens were able to walk away from with only minor scratches thanks to wearing their seat belts.

Texas law requires drivers and all passengers to wear a seat belt. Unbuckled drivers and passengers, even those in the back seat, face fines and fees of up to $200.

Aldine ISD, Spring ISD to remain in Region II after UIL realignment

Aldine ISD’s five high schools will continue to compete against Spring ISD in the new District 14- 6A, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced on Monday, Feb. 3 during the UIL’s biennial realignment.

Aldine ISD schools will compete with DeKaney High School, Spring High School and Westfield High School in athletics, performing arts and extra curricular activities beginning in the fall of 2018.

District 14-6A will consist of Aldine High School, Davis High School, Eisenhower High School, MacArthur High School, Nimitz High School, DeKaney High School, Spring High School and Westfield High School for the next two years.

Aldine ISD and Spring ISD will compete in Region II for the next two years.