The school year has started and we are on the road to address the needs of the education arena including the student’s health; areas we are highlighting this year will be finances and health of the student and health includes physical, mental, emotional and social health. If you or your business has an interest in one or more of these areas please come and partner with our schools. We also need incentives to help each of keep motivated to stay the course and your business may help in that area… So… come out on the second Thursday of the month at 10 am, Chamber Office and join us! We have all types of businesses involved and we have room for many more so come and join in this committee.
Upcoming for this year we have visions of working on the Community Garden with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, we have resuming writing and financial health seminars from KUMON in the Heights and Reynolds and Associates, CPA. We also have the art curriculum for the students and schools from HITS Theatre. We have an overall community healthcare initiative, focused on diabetes; we will work to engage with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights. Fit Armadillo has teacher and Challenge packages she is eager to support a group of 5-10! We will continue to support the schools with their challenges such as locating practice space for Houston Heights Charter or locating partners for the computer tags for Northside High School and Heights High School. Thanks goes to PrimeWay Federal Credit Union for partnering with Heights High School and funding their computer tags and Thanks goes to Houston Highway Credit Union for funding the computer tags for Northside High school. You may ask where are these schools—Heights High is formerly John H. Reagan High School and Northside High is formerly Jeff Davis High School.
So each year we have changes and we also have stability overtime. The Education Committee is a stable force ready to help and address the educational needs of our community. Come and join and your opportunities for partnership will be readily apparent. See you next month!
Cindy Reibenstein, Education Chair
This past month we had a great exchange of ideas and events that are coming up that can benefit many of the schools and businesses that are partnering with the schools for some of their events as well. Houston Heights has increased enrollment and they are seeing more community engagement. Garden Oaks Montessori is part of the Home Tour April 23 and Leadership Day is March 24. Sandra’s Gift Shop has great items for fundraisers and she hosted the Business After Hours on February 24. Black Middle and Stephens Elementary continue to build their parent engagement focus with increased community involvement. Washington High School has the Groundbreaking Ceremony for their new school building on April 5!
Hamilton’s magnet program numbers continue to grow and they have the girls day at UT for engineering coming up; Blue Willow’s Book Shop has signing with the author April 2. St. Joseph’s and HITS partnering with Hamilton to help with instruments for their band and drama needs. HITS has free tickets for schools for their Miller Outdoor productions and curriculum to integrate it into the lessons – free! Reagan High School has 12 athletic scholarships with one going to the United States Military Academy! Waltrip is having their Wellness Fair on March 1 and Memorial Hermann is partnering with them along with Hartz Chicken! Stephens Elementary will have some art there for all to see! Memorial Hermann Greater Heights is a supporter of the community and looks for ways to help wherever they can. Love Elementary is working to enhance their reading program and Hogg Middle School works to bring on more mentors.
The Crawfish Festival is March 5 and the parade begins at 10! The schools will be well represented. Come see some art cars and lots of bands. The Ocean of Soul from Washington will conclude the parade and the Davis High School Band and ROTC will lead the parade. St. Pius X band, Scarborough band along with many of the cheerleaders from our elementary schools on up will march proudly into the festival and perform on stage!
Education Luncheon is May 17 at the Sheraton Brookhollow. The theme we decided is “Freedom to Learn” and we will tie this theme to thanking our military service; seniors going into the military will be honored that day along with community veterans and chamber members who are veterans. Our scholarships will be given out and lots of school entertainment. But more about that in our next column. Come and participate in a committee that is on the move! We meet next March 10 at 10 a.m.
Cindy Reibenstein, Education Chair