INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS
EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.
Armed Forces Bowl Launches Weekly Activities for Students to Enjoy At Home
Officials with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl launched family-friendly activities in its online Kids Zone this week. Weekly, themed word searches, art topics and other fun games will be posted for children to enjoy while they're home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Submitted student artwork will be featured on the Kids Zone page weekly.
Learn more at https://bit.ly/3b0lGFt.
FWISD Earns Sixth Best Communities for Music Education Designation
For the sixth year in a row, the NAMM Foundation has recognized Fort Worth ISD among the nation’s Best Communities For Music Education. The award acknowledges the District’s commitment and achievement in providing music education for all students.
Read more here.
Z's Cafe and Catering Delivers 4,000 Meals to FWISD Families Weekly
Z's Cafe and Catering is preparing and delivering 4,000 meals to families in the Fort Worth ISD throughout this pandemic. The service, which is called Crisis Meal Project, was recently featured in this NBC 5 DFW (KXAS-TV) story.
Gary Patterson Foundation Distributes Care Packages to FWISD Students, Families
The Gary Patterson Foundation recently partnered with Saving Hope Rescue and Fort Worth SPARC to provide 500 care packages for Fort Worth ISD school children. The bags were distributed recently to families at the Como Community Center and will also benefit students at Western Hills Elementary and in the Eastern Hills and Polytechnic pyramids.
Read more in this recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.
Elder MS Teachers Motivate Students Learning At Home
A video of J.P. Elder Middle School motivating students as they started Learning At Home was recently featured on NBC 5 DFW (KXAS-TV). Check it out here.
Learning At Home: FWISD Learning at Home is in full swing. Here's a glimpse of some of the online learning taking place.
Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees
Equity and Excellence, Restorative Practices Offer Social, Emotional Wellness Resources
Take care of your social and emotional wellness during this pandemic. Log onto the FWISD Restorative Practices Community Facebook page weekly for self-care lessons. Tune in Monday, Wednesday and Friday for live check-in sessions.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Tarrant Area Food Bank offers Grab and Go Dinners for Children
FORT WORTH YMCA GRAB & GO MEALS-NEW SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from the The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is continuing to serve the growing needs of the community with free Grab & Go meals with updated service locations and times. Pick up times will change to Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm – 6pm at the following locations.
- Airport Area YMCA - 3524 Central Drive Bedford, TX 76021
- Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA - 512 Lamar St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
- Benbrook Community Center YMCA - 1899 Winscott Rd, Benbrook, TX 76126
- Eastside YMCA - 1500 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112
- Hood County YMCA - 1475 James Road, Granbury, TX 76049
- Joshua Community YMCA - 1009 Joshua Station Blvd, Joshua, TX 76058
- William M. McDonald YMCA - 2701 Moresby Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105
- YMCA Sports Complex - 4320 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133
Last week, the Y provided over 3,000 meals to families with children 18 years or younger in Tarrant, Hood and Johnson counties while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Pick up times changed to support the City of Fort Worth requests to limit food distribution to only 3 days/week or less and to comply with “stay-at-home” recommendations on social distancing. It is important to note that families will still receive up to 5 days of food when they go to pick-up their Grab & Go Meals.
- Mondays, families will be able to pick up meals for 2 days (Mon-Tue)
- Wednesdays, families will be able to pick up meals for 3 days (Wed - Fri)
This change reducing the number of times people are asked to leave their homes and risk exposure, thus helping to support “flattening the curve.”
“By providing these meals to children who need them most, Fort Worth area Y’s are truly fulfilling their mission of healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. I’m proud of their continued community outreach despite their temporary facility closures.” Julie Wilson, Chair, Board of Directors at YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.
Meals are provided by local vendors including Purple Hearts, Inc. and Tarrant Area Food Bank and they come complete with protein, fruit or vegetable, snacks and more. Together with the support of community leaders, volunteers, staff and donors, the Y wants to ensure that every child is safe, healthy and fed.
“For over 130 years, the YMCA has served the ever-changing needs of our local community. Today is no different as we continue to find ways to support Fort Worth, Benbrook and surrounding counties by partnering with local organizations to provide grab-and-go meals at our branches.” Tony Shuman, President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.
In addition to the Grab & Go initiative, the Y is continuing to support the community by providing pre-schools and childcare to the families of essential employees and first responders and connecting with seniors to check on their wellbeing to help avoid isolation.
For questions or additional information or visit www.ymcafw.org
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth branches have been temporarily closed for traditional health and wellness activities due to the COVID-19 public health mandates by city, county and state authorities. Staff and volunteers have continue to be vigilante in continuing to serve the community outside of the walls of the Y.