AUSTIN, Texas — Humble ATPE was represented by 17 of its members when Humble ISD teachers joined more than 400 educators with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) at the Capitol, Monday, March 6. They discussed with lawmakers important education issues, such as opposing school vouchers, funding an equitable solution to fully funding public education, and providing affordable healthcare options for public school employees.
ATPE at the Capitol is a two-day event where educators learn about education policy and connect with their elected legislators. With more than 100,000 members statewide and 1,959 locally, ATPE is the state’s and the district’s largest educator group and the voice of public education.
KUDOS to Kingwood Middle School students Joseph and Phillip Suarez for rescuing an elderly neighbor. This story is from a Channel 13 broadcast:
Friday, February 24, 2017 09:23PM
HOUSTON ABC13 (KTRK) --
Usually brothers Joseph and Phillip Suarez would have already been at school. But, yesterday, they could go to school later. It was because of that they were there to help their neighbor. Joseph Suarez described what he noticed, "I saw her. She was on the ground, in front of her car."
The brothers were walking on their block on the way to school in Kingwood when they heard someone call out. Phillip said, "We heard her yelling help and I turned around because I had a bad feeling about it."
A neighbor who is 92 years old had fallen and needed help. She was stuck alone for 20 minutes and could not get her phone to work until the boys showed up. Joseph said, "She said she just kinda blacked out for a second and she fell."
Phillip added, "I was comforting her making sure she didn't move."
Paramedics arrived and the boy's mother got a call from their school. Marcy Suarez could not be more proud of her boys, "I teared up and was just filled with so much pride and it's just like them to be those caring, nurturers kind of kids."
The young men took the initiative to act fast and work together. Turns out, it is something they learned from their father, Phillip, a Metro police officer who died from cancer almost two years ago.
Phillip described why he did not hesitate to stop and help.
"It's a thing that you have to do cause you don't just see someone laying on the ground and oh well just leave them right there, we have to do the right thing."
At 12 and 14 years old, the brothers know they want to be like their father and become police officers one day to help people like he did. And now, like they did.
"I think he'd say 'good job'."
The brother's neighbor is recuperating in the hospital right now. Hospital officials say her family is eager to say thank you to the brothers.
Watch the video at http://abc13.com/video/embed/?pid=1772025
WCE 4th grader Tristen Wong (left) and LE 3rd grader Rafael Esquivel (right)
Thanks to the initiative of PE Teacher Tracey Wong, a tip-off from her son, WCE 4th grader Tristen Wong, and a bunch of engineering students at University of Houston, Lakeland 3rd grader Rafael Esquivel III, for the first time in his life, has a prosthetic hand.
Tracey noticed that Rafael was becoming frustrated and upset during PE class when he could not fully participate in activities with the other children because he had one hand. She began exploring ways to obtain a prosthetic hand and was discouraged at the high cost of prosthetics. Her son, Tristen, made the connection between Rafael's missing hand and a video he saw about 3D-printed hands on YouTube. Tracey contacted the company e-Nable, who partnered with engineering students at University of Houston.
What followed was an exciting trip to U. of H. to be "measured and fitted" for his cool blue, white and gray hand. "I took my son, Tristen, along with us because he was so instrumental in making this happen," said Tracy Wong. "The boys hit if off immediately–it was like they'd been friends for years!"
Channel 11 reporter Jason Miles covered the story. During a conversation that was not included in the broadcast, Rafael was talking about his cool new hand. He decided the colors of his hand represented important things: "The blue fingers are for the ocean, the gray wrist is for the sharks, and the white palm is for God, 'cause that's where he holds us!"
The Humble ISD Child Nutrition Services Office and Maintenance staff had their annual Walk For Respect and picnic at Schott Park. This is one of many activities held during the year as part of No Place For Hate.
Humble High School and Kingwood Park High School students with teachers Stacey Hamlet and Natalie Johnson present Humble Area Assitance Ministries (HAAM) Executive Director Millie Garrison with a Food Drive Challenge poster. Get the story and more photos here!
In September, Woodland Hills Elementary fifth-grader Grace Cardenas was in a bike accident while riding her brand new bike home from school. Her fifth grade classmates wanted to know how they could help and Chores for Grace was created.
As a class project, Grace’s fifth grade classmates were encouraged to ask if they could do extra chores at home for money. Together they were able to earn over $200 to purchase Grace a new bike and helmet. Her classmates presented her with a new bike on her first day back at school since her accident. Grace hopes to be riding her new bike by January 1.
Channel 13 reporter Pooja Ladhia came out to WHE to share the kindness of Grace’s classmates and friends. The story aired October 24 during the 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts.
Atascocita High School French Club, led by French Teacher Monique Zibi, hosted a pink flag ceremony on Oct. 13 to honor breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle to breast cancer. The Atascocita High School JROTC color guard presented the flags and Atascocita High School Spanish Teacher, Virgilio Davis sang the National Anthem. Following the National Anthem members of the school and staff were able to stake their personalized Breast Cancer flags in the ground in solidarity against Breast Cancer. Atascocita High School principal Bill Daniels gave a touching speech about standing together to support a great cause. The money raised from pink flag flag orders will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
In the fall of 2015 Summer Creek High School was awarded an HEB Innovative Education Foundation grant. With this grant SCHS administrators were able to bring Rachel’s Challenge to their school. Colleen Kirk, Rachel’s Challenge representative, told the students about Rachel’s life before her death. Rachel had dreams of having a positive impact on the world and now her story has been shared with over 22 million people.
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