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East Aldine District’s new building complete; Opening set for June

The East Aldine District’s new office building was completed this month, and furniture was moved into the building, in anticipation of full occupancy and use to take place in June. A ribbon-cutting and formal opening of the building is now planned for Thursday, June 24. The building will house the offices of the district, the Sheriff’s storefront operation, and other government and organization functions.

The building is located at 2909 East Aldine Amphitheatre Drive, a circular street looping into Town Center from Aldine Mail Route. A public park, kids playground, public amphitheater, and walking trails are part of the development.

Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia distributes laptops at Eckert Elementary

Commissioner Garcia at Eckert Elementary.

ALDINE – Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian García recently visited Eckert Elementary on April 28 to distribute laptops to 50 students in need of one.

Students and teachers welcomed Commissioner García and Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. The Superintendent first took a moment to laud the students, teachers, and Principal Jennifer Price for their hard work this school year. She also thanked García for helping to close the digital divide. The computers she said would “allow students to reach endless possibilities.”

The Commissioner spoke to students and let them know that he wants to help them be what they want to be, adding that he is “looking for the next commissioner.” He advised the students to continue to wear their masks and encourage their families to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Pct. 2 “Adopt-a-Block” program cleans Vickery

Unveiling the Adopt A Block sign on Vickery.

ALDINE – The Green Forest Civic Club combined with workers from Pct. 2, to initiate a new program from Commissioner Adrian Garcia, called “Adopt-A-Block.” This combined effort targets a particular neighborhood or street in Precinct 2, and with county employees and local volunteers, a thorough clean-up makes the environment shine.

The first street chosen for this program was Vickery, from Aldine Mail Route to Lauder Road. Workers and volunteers met last Saturday, April 24 in front of Oleson Elementary school, and spent several hours working.

Volunteers from the Green Forest Civic Club, and Pct. 2 workers cleaned up Vickery.

Aldine Trustee Viola Garcia new president of National School Boards Association

DR. VIOLA GARCIA

Aldine ISD Trustee Dr. Viola M. Garcia assumed the office of President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) on Saturday, April 10, during NSBA’s Annual Conference via a virtual ceremony.

Dr. Garcia is the longest tenured Aldine Trustee, having served on the Board since her appointment to the Position 7 seat in 1992 and her election in January 1993. She has held all four board offices and has chaired numerous committees.

Dr. Garcia previously served as NSBA’s Secretary-Treasurer, PresidentElect and on the NSBA Board of Directors representing the Southern Region, before becoming the organization’s President.

Dr. Garcia said she is looking forward to serving as the head of a body that does so much good work for children.

“I ask for guidance for this gathering of school board members, administrators, staff, service providers and partners,” she said in her remarks after her swearing in ceremony. “I think you for the good work you are doing and how well your students are doing, what you have accomplished this academic year, and how we are all working together to serve the students of this great nation.

County Judge visits Mobile Vaccine Unit at Greater Pure Light Church in Aldine

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo visits the Mobile Vaccine unit with Pastor Darryl Broussard at Greater Pure Light Church. MORE PHOTOS on Page 3.

EAST ALDINE – Judge Lina Hidalgo visited a mobile vaccine unit operating at the Greater Pure Light Church last Wednesday morning, and give media an update on the county’s efforts to vaccinate all residents, especially vulnerable and hesitant communities.

Hidalgo said that Mobile vaccine units are a key part of the county’s outreach plan, serving individuals who may not have transportation to a clinic, are hesitant to travel far from their homes or have limited access to current technology.

Judge Hidalgo visited the room where the vaccinations were being administered, accompanied by the church’s Pastor Darryl Broussard. The pastor said that the vaccinations were part of their efforts of caring for the community and protecting the well-being of all Aldine residents.

East Aldine Families enjoy a “Drive-Thru” Easter Event at BakerRipley last Saturday

Families enjoyed meeting the Easter Bunny, and having their picture taken with the Bunny. They also received a gift basket for each child. MORE PHOTOS, Page 3.

EAST ALDINE – The BakerRipley campus in the new Town Center was the site last Saturday morning for a festive Easter Celebration for kids and their families.

Balloons, plastic eggs with surprises inside, gift baskets for each child, and a visit with the Easter Bunny were the highlights of the event. The gift baskets included activities for each child to play with.

The event was billed as an “Eggstravaganza” and was a drive-thru type event on the driveway of the BakerRipley campus. Due to the safety concerns of the pandemic, families were given an appointment time, so that not too many were present at any one time. Masks and social distancing were safety precautions, that made the event family friendly and safe.

Lone Star’s East Aldine campus tops 1000 students

Entrance to the new Lone Star College East Aldine Center

ALDINE (April 1, 2021) – In September, when Gloria Villa registered for her classes at Lone Star College-East Aldine Center, no balloons or confetti fell, but she set a milestone for the satellite center by becoming its 1,000th student enrolled.

Opened during the fall 2019 semester, it took just four semesters for LSC-East Aldine Center to surpass triple-digits for students enrolled.

The center, much like the main campus at LSC-North Harris, is home to a variety of students such as high schoolers, workforce, and in Gloria’s case, transfer students.

“I see LSC-East Aldine Center helping me achieve my goals by showing me the college experience, and all the help I receive from here will always benefit me in the long run,” Villa said. “The college offers so much help through the tutors and advisors to help me along the way.”

AOC helps distribute water in East Aldine

Brings $5 million in Freeze Relief

After the Deep Freeze and subsequent Power and Water outages of early February, many individuals and organizations contributed to help those needing water, food and heat. In East Aldine, on February 20, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) joined with State Representative Armando Walle, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, State Senator Carol Alvarado, BakerRipley CEO Claudia Aguirre, and many others to distribute water to local residents that were unable to get water in their homes or stores. In addition, AOC raised $5 million to help in the Relief effort.

Construction to start on Northwood Apartments

Northwood Apartments, a Multifamily Housing Community, to Replace Housing Lost During Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TX (Tuesday, March 23, 2021) – The Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA), Harris County – Community Services Department (HCCSD), Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and the development partner LDG Development (LDG) celebrate the groundbreaking of Northwood Apartments, a multi-family development located at 12620 Eastex Freeway to replace housing lost during Hurricane Harvey. The development is financed with Harris County’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBGDR) funds in conjunction with private financing from Citi Community Capital and AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC.

This $53.9 million community’s groundbreaking will commence the development of 288 beautiful new apartment units for families seeking quality housing near the Eastex Freeway in the Shelvin Acres community. A virtual groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 11 a.m. CT. Access to the virtual ceremony is available upon request at melanie.fahey@hchatexas.org.

“We are honored to partner with LDG Development to build much-needed quality housing that is affordable for working families,” said Horace Allison, AIA, Executive Director and CEO of Harris County Housing Authority. “Northwood Apartments will replace housing resources lost during Hurricane Harvey and provide not only a place to live but the facilities and services to improve the lives of the families who will call this community home.”

Northwood Apartments will provide a wide array of amenities to the families it serves, including a swimming pool with a sun deck, a playground, and picnic/grilling areas.

Aldine ISD names Top Educators of the Year

Breanna Jagodzinski, center, was named Aldine ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year during the Aldine ISD Educator of the Year Breakfast, held Friday, March 12 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Pictured with Breanna are, (l-r): Pastor David L. Smith, Past President of the Aldine Education Foundation (AEF), Elementary School Assistant Superintendent Dr. Crystal Watson, Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, Aldine ISD Board President Paul Shanklin and Paul Griffin with Amplify.
Jaime Luna, center, was named Aldine ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year during the Aldine ISD Educator of the Year Breakfast, held Friday, March 12 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Pictured with Luna are, (l-r): Todd Lindeman, School Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, Aldine Education Foundation Past President Pastor David Smith, Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, Aldine ISD Board President Paul Shanklin and Paul Griffin with Amplify.

Breanna Jagodzinski, Jaime Luna named AISD’s top educators: Shauna Showers, Heather Peterson named district’s top principals

Aldine ISD celebrated its top teachers and principals at the Educator of the Year Breakfast on Friday, March 12 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. This year’s theme was “Adventure Awaits.”

Aldine ISD Trustees, district administrators, campus administrators, teachers and business partners donned their best travel wear to celebrate Aldine ISD teachers and campus administrators.

Breanna Jagodzinski of Houston Academy was named the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, while Jaime Luna of Davis High School was named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

The four Teacher of the Year finalists were Cindy Nguyen of Carmichael Elementary School, Oscar Acuna of Stehlik Elementary School, Christopher Ceaser of Nimitz High School and Jarrod Fredericks of Victory Early College High School.

For the second consecutive year, the district also announced its Rookie Educators of the Year. Reagan Burns of Hinojosa Primary School was named the Rookie Elementary Teacher of the Year and Leon Hunt of Davis Ninth Grade School was named the Secondary Rookie Teacher of the Year.

In addition, AISD’s Principals of the Year, and Rookie Principal of the Year were announced.

Shauana Showers of Stephens Elementary School was named the Elementary Principal of the Year and Heather Peterson was named the Secondary Principal of the Year. Kimberly Dussette of Teague Middle School was named the Rookie Principal of the Year.