FWISD Prepares For 2018 United Way Campaign Kickoff
Fort Worth ISD will launch its 2018 United Way Campaign Monday, October 15.
A couple of kickoff events were hosted this week ahead of the campaign’s start.
Fort Worth ISD campaign managers spent Thursday morning, September 27, in training preparing for the launch of the District’s 2018 United Way Campaign. On Wednesday, September 26, United Way of Tarrant County hosted its 2018 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast for Fort Worth ISD principals and employee campaign managers. The breakfast included a confirmed guest list for 200 people and was hosted at The Great Hall of the ACH Child and Family Services’ Hickman Center.
United Way of Tarrant County and Fort Worth ISD leadership officials made remarks at the breakfast, including Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and TD Smyers, president and chief executive officer for United Way of Tarrant County.
This year’s campaign message is: Live United.
The 2018 campaign will run from October 15 – 26. Once again, this year, employees will have an opportunity to make online donations. Employees will receive an email with more details on how to donate.
Other important campaign dates include:
- Coin pickup (elementary schools only) – October 29-30
- Secondary packets due – November 2 to the United Way Headquarters
- FWISD Department packets due – November 2 to the FWISD Communications Department office
Last year, FWISD contributed more than $175,000 to its United Way Campaign. This year, the District anticipates contributing $250,000 in donations from its students and employees.
United Way of Tarrant County has long invested in Fort Worth ISD students and continues to make education a funding priority. In recent years, funds donated to the District by the nonprofit has supported programs focused on improving elementary students’ literacy skills, helping middle school students identify and prepare for career dreams and preparing high school students for college and careers.
Additionally, the nonprofit offers resources to assist FWISD families, including placing low-income families on a path to financial stability and assisting families with ongoing health issues.
For more details or questions about the campaign, contact Cindy Ybarra firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-814-3350.
FWISD Celebrates Contributions of Hispanic Americans, American Indians
Fort Worth ISD observed Hispanic Heritage Month and American Indian Heritage Day with art, a musical performance and a resolution at the Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, September 25.
Observed nationally from September 15- October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans, who are descendants of individuals from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
The last Friday in September, Texas observes American Indian Heritage Day. The observance recognizes “the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian community leaders have made to this state,” and celebrates “the rich traditional and contemporary American Indian culture” with ceremonies, activities and programs in public school and other locations, according to Texas Government Code. The District recognized representatives of the American Indian community present at Tuesday’s board meeting.
An art exhibit, curated by the FWISD’s Director of Art Education Beverly Fletcher, that features work from students who attend seven FWISD schools was on display in the Board of Education foyer to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The District also observed the month with a performance of “Mexico Lindo y Querido” by the renowned Mariachis Espuelas de Plata ensemble from North Side High School, under the direction of Ramon Niño, Corina Cantu and Elliot Johnston.
Video footage from the recent unveiling of a 110-foot wall mural featuring Mariachis Espuelas de Plata on September 16 in the North Side community, was also shown at the meeting.
Board trustees unanimously approved a resolution, September 25, honoring American Indian heritage. Under the resolution, the second Monday in October, the District will annually observe a day of service honoring and recognizing American Indian Heritage for Fort Worth ISD students. The resolution was brought to the board at the recommendation of committee made up of District students, teachers and parents and local residents of Native American descent, according to board trustees.
“A day to honor American Indian heritage is an opportune time to educate the public about tribes and to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically, and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges,” according to the resolution. “A day to honor American Indian Heritage is also a time to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of the 3.2 million Native Americans residing in the United States keeping in mind all of the historical sacrifices they have made in the country, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.”
The nation will observe Native American Heritage Month in November.
Agreement Allows FWISD Students to Resume Study at Trinity Park
Paschal High School students can continue to research turtles in the Trinity River.
The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education recently approved an agreement with the City of Fort Worth that will allow Paschal students access to a new study site adjacent to the city’s Botanic Garden, said Paschal High teacher Andrew Brinker, who oversees the project.
“With this agreement passed with the city, it’s going to help us get the students back in the field,” Mr. Brinker said.
Launched in October 2017, the Trinity River Turtle Survey is a three-year project that traps, weighs, measures and tags turtles for tracking before releasing them back into the Trinity River. The survey is funded with a grant from the Texas Christian University College of Education Andrews Institute.
TARRANT COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS FACILITATE SOUTH HILLS HIGH SCHOOL VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
Tarrant County Judge Sergio De Leon and the Tarrant County Election Administration facilitated a student voter registration drive and student assembly at South Hills High School on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 25.
Speakers included Fort Worth ISD Board President Tobi Jackson, Trustee Anael Luebanos and Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Sergio De Leon. The school’s student council president also made remarks and encouraged fellow students to register to vote in time for the November election. After the assembly, Tarrant County Election Administration officials facilitated the voter registration drive and will process all applications.
Several Fort Worth ISD high schools hosted National Voter Registration Day events on September 25 including Paschal, Dunbar and Trimble Tech high schools.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from the Bond Bid Preview hosted Wednesday, September 26. The event was an opportunity for the construction community to meet with Capital Improvement Program leadership, owner representatives, and architects, as well as learn specifics about upcoming bid opportunities.