Spring ISD supports students with literacy baskets
The Spring ISD Education Foundation held a special initiative last month called Family Literacy Care Baskets to support students’ reading habits over the holidays in absence of the annual Winter Wonderland celebration, according to a Spring ISD news release.
“We knew we couldn’t hold our Winter Wonderland literacy event this year, but we knew that we wanted to do something to remind our students about the magic of reading this holiday season,” Chief of Innovation and Equity Dr. Lupita Hinojosa said via the news release. “So much planning and innovation went into making this idea a reality, and it’s wonderful seeing the results of all that hard work in the smiles on our students’ faces.”
The program provided specially designed baskets consisting of various books plus mugs, cocoa, comfy socks, blankets and other customized items to over 500 families and 1,000 children.
Executive Director of Family Engagement Tranita Carroll said the district identified students at each of the elementary schools to encourage families to read during the holidays and spend quality time with each other.
Some of the baskets were donated by local business partners and others were funded by the Spring ISD Education Foundation with district staff members, community partners, outside donors and volunteers also involved in the project. Approximately $8,000 was provided by the foundation to purchase books in support of the initiative.
Parents and students also received packets including masks, activity booklets, and resources from Harris County Public Health to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are so excited to be a part of this event, the family literacy baskets, and once again the foundation is proud to sponsor the book purchase,” Education Foundation Executive Director Sandra Scott said via the news release. “We are very excited to promote literacy in the district. We know reading is fundamental. It’s a cliché, but it is so true. It opens so many doors to our kids, and we want to continue to foster the district’s effort to provide books and reading materials to the students.”
-Contributed by Spring ISD
The Spring ISD Police Department held its first Blue Santa Project on Friday, Dec. 18, at Academy Sports and Outdoors, where 30 middle and high school students were partnered up with a police officer and received $150 for a shopping spree, states a Spring ISD news release.
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According to Spring ISD, the purpose of Blue Santa Project is to offer support during Christmas to underprivileged students and families around the community. The event also underlined the department’s 30 years of service to the area.
The program was funded solely by donations from Spring ISD police officers, community sponsors and partners, according to the district. Furthermore, disadvantaged families were nominated by district officers and Spring ISD school counselors.
“This is our first initial year, so we are sponsoring a total of 30 kids, which is our goal,” Spring ISD Police Chaplain John Goodman said via the district. “I believe we’ve done a pretty good job from August until now with raising funds. We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from the community.”
Blue Santa Project is one of various new ventures under the police department’s flagship Dream Makers Project which is defined as “a districtwide student leadership and mentoring program designed to encourage and reward students for acts that increase the quality of life on their campuses and within their communities.”
Through the flagship project, the police department aims to further the positive development of students by boosting self-esteem and decreasing unlawful actions.
“We are looking forward to adding more donors for next year and double the number of students we’re sponsoring,” said Goodman via the news release, who says more than $5,000 was raised for Blue Santa. “I’m still receiving phone calls from businesses and individuals who want to donate.”
Spring ISD Police Public Information Officer Max Toliver said an important aspect of the Dream Makers Project is relationship-building.
“If we can let our kids see that officers are human while building those relationships with our students, we hope to keep them out of [trouble] and they can trust law enforcement,” Toliver said in the release.
-Contributed by Spring ISD
Klein ISD Health-Science students donated almost 500 COVID-19 survival kits to homeless individuals by partnering with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and H.O.P.E. Haven, according to an online district news announcement.
HOSA students and Superintendent Jenny McGown met at the Willowbrook hospital and were joined by Chief Executive Officer Keith Barber to fill boxes with kits that contained health and safety resources for an organization in Houston that offers help to the homeless.
“We’re super excited to have all these items to take out on the streets,” said H.O.P.E. Haven Executive Director Kristyn Stillwell via the news release. “When we engage with a homeless person on the street, we have to have an excuse to be there. These packs from Klein ISD and Houston Methodist will be our excuse to be there and bridge the gap with the homeless community.”
All five Klein ISD high schools in Klein, Klein Collins, Klein Oak, Klein Forest and Klein Cain took part in the endeavor which involved students from Advanced Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Care, Medical Science, and the Pharmacy pathways.
“I love when I see youngsters get engaged in the community,” Stillwell said. “I think everyone should get involved in some shape or form, so it’s great to see these students start young and see them understand that they can make an impact no matter what age they are and to make an impact for H.O.P.E. Haven is wonderful.”
-From the Klein ISD website
Students in need were matched up with police officers from the Klein ISD Police Department, Spring ISD Police Department, and Harris County Precinct 4 for an outing that included a trip to dinner at Cici’s sponsored by Bridge the Blue and a $150 shopping spree at Academy Sports and Outdoors during Klein ISD’s annual Holiday Heroes event, states an online district news announcement.
The event assisted 50 students who also received backpacks and other important items like socks which were handed out by both the store and Relate Community Church to help alleviate the need to purchase essentials.
“This event is all about serving our students who may not otherwise receive some sort of gift for the holidays,” Klein ISD Police Chief David Kimberly said via the news release. “It really just shows the spirit and heart of the fine men and women of the Klein ISD Police Department. We will do anything to make sure that this event happens every year.”
-From the Klein ISD website