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Flood Control hosts Greens Bayou virtual public meeting Dec. 1

Detention area at Lauder and JFK

ALDINE – The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a Community Engagement Meeting for the Tributaries P138- 01-00 & P138-01-01 Flood Risk Reduction Project in the Greens Bayou watershed. The purpose of this meeting is to inform residents about the status of the project and share project information.

The Tributaries P138- 01-00 & P138-01-01 Flood Risk Reduction Project involves the investigation, examination and evaluation of flood risk reduction solutions in the area near JFK Boulevard and south of Lauder Road. This study was paid for with funds from the 2018 Bond Program with funds from the 2018 Bond Program which were approved by Harris County voters on August 25, 2018. Community engagement is an important component of the Bond Program, and we invite your participation as the program is implemented.

The Virtual Community Engagement Meeting will be held on:

Caraway Elementary opens Spark Park

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, center, poses with Caraway Elementary Principal Dr. Andrenetta Marshall, and special guests at the dedication ceremony for the new Spark Park at Caraway Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 15.

On Monday, Nov. 15, Caraway Elementary School held a dedication ceremony for its new Spark Park.

The event was hosted by Caraway Elementary Principal Dr. Andrenetta Marshall and her staff and was attended by Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, members of her Executive Leadership Team (ELT), elected officials and their representatives and members of the community.

Dr. Goffney said having a Spark Park at Caraway Elementary School was a wonderful thing for the community.

“Parks are the hearts of our communities and a place where all are welcome,” she said. “This park promotes community wellness and provides places for community members to get outside and be active, encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Parks give individuals a space for meeting their neighbors in person; a space for kids and adults to gather and meet new people who enjoy similar activities.”

She thanked all of the organizations who worked together to make Caraway’s Spark Park a reality.

Aldine Education Foundation Raises $95,000 for the Students of Aldine ISD

Former Aldine ISD Superintendent M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson, center with hat on, poses with volunteers at the 8th annual M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 29. The tournament benefits the Aldine Education Foundation.

The 8th annual M. B. “Sonny” Donaldson Golf Tournament on Friday, October 29 raised more than $95,000, once again making it one of the most productive fundraisers for the Aldine Education Foundation (AEF). The tournament is named after beloved former superintendent M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson who worked at the District for 34 years. He was present to say hello to the golfers.

Many Aldine ISD alumni showed up this year to support the perfect-weather day. They helped plan and execute the event, and assisted with registration. The awards were unique, handcrafted pieces of art from Aldine ISD alumna Ms. Yvonne LopezTaylor’s students at Carter Academy, which made for a very special memento for the winners. In addition, Jose Marquez, owner of Alma Latina, another alumnae of Aldine ISD, lovingly cooked delicious fajitas on the lawn.

The tournament has raised more than $475,205 over the past 8 years, and this year represents the highest annual amount since the tournament first teed-off.

Essential to get our Children vaccinated

County Connection
by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

So many Harris County residents who have gotten vaccinated still have feelings of anxiety about COVID, and it’s understandable. Children under the age of 12 have been ineligible to receive the vaccine and remained unprotected from this pandemic that has taken so many lives. This week finally marks the end of the wait — the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have approved the vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, an essential piece of our response to COVID-19 that is long overdue.

And, though many parents are eager to get their children vaccinated, others may still be hesitant. Parents should know that the vaccine is safe — the side effects adults have experienced, like a short-lived fever and cold-like symptoms, are less likely to affect kids. It’s also effective — it has a 90% effectiveness rate in preventing children ages 5 through 11 from contracting COVID19. Although younger children are less likely to be hospitalized or lose their lives from the virus, they can still suffer from various long-term effects of COVID-19. If you want to protect your kids from getting sick from COVID-19, there is no reason to delay signing up for this vaccine.