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Lone Star College announces scholarships for students from underserved communities

Lone Star College students and officials celebrate the announcement of the LSC Promise Firsts Scholarship program. Pictured (left to right): LSC graduate Jesús Contreras; Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor; Alton Smith, Ed.D., LSC Board of Trustees chair; LSC graduate Rachel Perez; Massey Villarreal, LSC Foundation Board director; Mario K. Castillo, LSC chief operating officer & general counsel.

HOUSTON (Oct. 26, 2018) – Students living in communities that traditionally lack resources to succeed now have an opportunity for a brighter future thanks to the Lone Star College Promise Firsts Scholarship program.

“I am very proud that Lone Star College can now provide additional scholarships specifically designed to help lift students from these communities through higher education,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor.

Eight donors pledged a total of $250,000 for the fund and another $250,000 in matching dollars will be provided through Lone Star College Foundation from the Chancellor’s discretionary fund.

The LSC Promise Firsts Scholarship program will be made available to qualifying first-generation students to go to college, first-time-in-college, and first responders. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents have not attended college. A student who has never attended a postsecondary college or university is considered a first-time-in-college student.

“To the donors who have helped out, I would like to say thank you,” said Racheal Cummings, LSC graduate. “My experience at Lone Star College was amazing. I have met so many people who have helped me on my journey and have learned so much.”

The eight donors include Magdalena and Tony Grijalva; H-E-B.; Alex and Cathy Lopez Negrete, Lopez Negrete Communications; George and Kathryn Martinez; Paula Mendoza, Possible Missions; Monty & Ramirez, LLP; Saul and Lisa Valentin; and Massey Villarreal. The LSC Promise Firsts program is scheduled to begin fall 2019.

“I am grateful to these individuals who have joined me in supporting our community,” said Saul Valentin, LSC Foundation Board of Directors chair. “This investment in the future of these students will pay dividends for many years to come.”

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Dr. Archie Blanson honored at dedication ceremony

Dr. Archie Blanson and his wife Beverly pose with Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney and members of the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees following a dedication ceremony to officially open the Dr. Archie L. Blanson Career and Technical High School. The ceremony was held on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Hundreds of family members, friends, and colleagues gathered to honor Dr. Archie Blanson for the dedication ceremony of the Dr. Archie L. Blanson Career and Technical High School on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Dr. Blanson devoted 39 years to Aldine ISD serving as a teacher, assistant director of buildings and properties, director of buildings and properties, executive director of buildings and properties, director of human resources, assistant superintendent of human resources and completed his Aldine career at the district’s deputy superintendent. In that role, Dr. Blanson oversaw AISD’s operations department.

Dr. Blanson thanked the many family members who made the trip to Houston to share in this special day and his immediate family.

“I want to recognize my wife Beverly, who has been my biggest supporter,” he said. “And I want to recognize my children, Christina, Daniel and Eric. They are my proudest accomplishment in life.”

He thanked his parents Lula and Nathan for instilling a strong ethic in he and his siblings, many of whom attended the dedication ceremony.

Dr. Blanson said education always played an important role in his life and he is glad he chose to have a career in education.

“As the son of sharecroppers, who missed a lot of school in the early years because I had to work, I had every reason not to succeed in life or in education,” Dr. Blanson said. “But instead of feeling defeated, I developed a strong thirst for education.

“Although going to college was not presented to me as an option when I was in high school, I made it an option for myself because I had very little marketable skills. So, with the help of my family I attended college. I just wanted to have options on deciding what I was going to be in life.”

He challenged the students at Blanson CTE to take advantage of the opportunities they have before them.

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Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan to remain at the helm of HISD

Grenita Lathan remains as HISD Interim Superintendent.

Oct. 15, 2018 – The Houston Independent School District Board of Education announced today that Dr. Grenita Lathan will remain as the interim superintendent of HISD, the largest school district in Texas.

During a press conference at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, trustees announced that they have mutually agreed to consider the reinstatement of Dr. Lathan as interim superintendent and the rescinding of Thursday night’s vote to appoint Dr. Abelardo Saavedra to the position.

“We are committed to working together as a board for the benefit of our students, and we are unified in our efforts to build a better governance structure for our children,” HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones said. “We are confident that Dr. Lathan is the right person to lead the seventh largest school district in the nation as our interim, and we thank the public for their encouragement and support.”

“We, the Board of Trustees of the Houston Independent School District, would like to apologize to Dr. Grenita Lathan, our students, the community at large, the parents and families, all HISD employees, and our business and community partners,” Trustee Diana Davila said.

“We will work to improve our behavior as adults, treat each other with respect, and embark on the right focus of doing all we can to improve academic achievement for all our students,” Trustee Jolanda Jones said.

Dr. Lathan will remain as interim superintendent of HISD while the executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates conducts a national search for a permanent superintendent. Dr. Lathan will have the opportunity to apply for the permanent superintendent position.

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Civic Club news

New date for Castlewood Civic Club Board Election

At the last civic club meeting, September 28, 2018, we proceeded to elect a new board for the civic club. No new nominations were made so the people in attendance voted to postpone the election to November 8, 2018. An effort will be made to seek candidates for President and Vice President as we have volunteers for the posts of Secretary and Treasurer. However, please note that all positions will be open to the floor for nominations that night and for voting into office.

The meeting to elect a new Board will be held at: Bethel Community Church, 2414 Lauder Rd., Houston, TX 77039. November 8, 2018 (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. Any questions, please contact Connie Esparza at (832) 306- 0231.

Green Forest Civic Club Meeting

Green Forest Civic Club’s October 2018 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 3415 Aldine-Mail Rte. (next to Shipley’s Donuts). Please mark your calendar. Neighborhoods covered by GFCC are Eastex Freeway Forest and Fairgreen 1, 2, 3 & 4. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact President Shirley Reed at 281-449- 7531 or Secretary Marina Flores Sugg at 281-442-3573.

Noble Energy volunteers working hard for Aldine Y.O.U.T.H


Last week, Aldine YOUTH Center who provides assistance to the community as well as to students with after school programs, received help from Noble Energy Inc.
During four days, Noble’s volunteers were doing some improvements to the center which included an update to the computer lab, they also planted flowers, a new garden, painted some rooms, power washing, and also worked with kids doing some art projects during the afternoon. But also “They did the day camp in our property,” said Sylvia Bolling, founder and Executive Director of Aldine Y.O.U.T.H.
The business classroom had a new look with new chairs, new cabinets and shelves.
Besides the renovation done to the center, Aldine YOUTH also received a $50,000 check. “We plan purchasing two new vans for our program,” said Bolling. “This also will help support our summer program.”
Thoughts from Ms. Bolling:
“We are so grateful to Ken Fisher and all of the Noble Energy. Inc. employees and volunteers for coming to support Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. They really represent a community business who came and saw our needs, but then moved to help us with our mission to change the lives of our youth and families.
On behalf of our board of directors, staff, volunteers and our community as a whole, we applaud and thank Noble Energy Inc. for giving back in such a huge way.”

A Healthy Fair hosted by Bonding Against Adversity

On Saturday April 30, Bonding Against Adversity celebrated “Day of the Family and Latino Women” with a health fair at the Primavera Hall (corner of Aldine Mail Rt. & Hardy Toll Road)
During this event, help from different departments and organizations was provided to women and the community in general. Some of these were free eye exams, blood pressure, free dental information as well as legal advice for child support and WIC. Community, specifically women, were able to do Pap smear, diabetes test, breast exam, cholesterol test and HIV test at a very low cost. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Lone Star College, East Aldine Management District, were just a few that were present providing the community with safety tips and educational information.
But they also celebrated “ El Dia del Niño” (Child’s Day), which many countries celebrate in different days. México celebrates “El Dia del Niño” on April 30. Some cartoon characters participated in a show for kids where they dance and got surprises and gifts.
At this event, there as a wall full of requests from kids from different Aldine schools; they wrote something special, something they wanted. Out of the 500 ‘miracles’(requests) that were posted, 495 were accomplished with the help of Bonding Against Adversity. Kids just were asking to have a happier family, to see their loves ones, or maybe to have a bicycle.
Bonding Against Adversity provides tools and help to the community, so they are better informed about the different ways and opportunities parents have to help kids be sucessful and happy.

Aldine Mail Route section to be improved with dual lanes

Construction is expected to start later this year to convert a 2.5-mile stretch of Aldine Mail Routte from Airline to Aldine Westfield to a four-lane, divided road with traffic signal upgrades.
A .6-mile section between Airline and Lillja will be divided road-way that includes the existing Hawkins Street alignment.
The Hawkins alignment, which is south of Aldine Mail Route, will become a two-lane, eastbound roadway. The existing Aldine Mail Route will be a two lane, west-bound road. The project also includes storm sewers, roadside ditches, turnaround streets and wheelchair accesible pedestrian ramps.