TMI receives $1,000 grant from the National Association of Episcopal Schools for reading program

TMI vertical logo_colorThe Episcopal School of Texas is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) for its Reading Buddies program. Since 2010, TMI has partnered with elementary schools in the San Antonio  and Northside school districts to provide help with reading skills.

TMI mentors in grades 6-8 visit the schools monthly to read with students in first and second grade and to help them with their homework.

TMI Reading Buddies programDuring the first year of TMI’s Reading Buddies Program, seventh-graders visit Woodrow Wilson Elementary School to read with second graders.

With funds from the NAES grant. TMI will be able to launch a new program, “Books for Buddies, Reading for Keeps,” to provide at least one early-reader book for each of the younger students, to be given at the last meeting before winter break.

Studies consulted by TMI Librarian Lynn Lada show that having books in the home helps young learners keep up their reading skills and may extend benefits to other children in the family and even to parents who are working to improve their language or reading skills. One of the schools served, Mead Elementary, has many students from refugee families who fled Africa and Latin America and are all  learning English as a second language.

Plans for student-council fundraisers and a community book drive to be held during the 2014-2015 school year may make it possible for the TMI mentors to give the elementary-school students a second book at the end of the school year for summer reading.

Founded in 1893 by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, TMI is a coeducational college-preparatory school serving students in grades 6-12, with optional military and boarding programs. NAES is a New York City-based membership association that provides support to Episcopal member schools nationwide.

KIPP San Antonio celebrates the 2012-13 school year

KIPP_logoIn its inaugural year, KIPP Un Mundo Dual Language Academy began proving what is possible in kindergarten. At the end of the school year, 91 percent of kindergarten students were reading at or above grade level in their dominant language, with more than 50 percent reading above grade level. In addition, 96 percent of kindergarteners passed the End-of-Year Math Assessment, with 87 percent demonstrating mastery. And even more exciting is that each of these kindergarteners is on the path to college from day one.

KIPP KUMDLA Student 2

“KIPP San Antonio’s 2012-13 academic results are in and I am very proud of our students’ and teachers’ accomplishments,” said Mark Larson, KIPP San Antonio’s Chief Executive Officer. “I never cease to be amazed by what our students and staff accomplish through their hard work and dedication, and this past year was no different.”

KIPP Classroom PictureBased on final End-of-Course STAAR testing results, KIPP San Antonio students regularly outperformed their peers at neighboring school districts and beat the Texas state averages. MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments are another way that KIPP San Antonio measures students’ academic growth. These assessments are national norm-referenced tests, similar to the Stanford 10 and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, that allow KIPP San Antonio to assess students’ progress compared to KIPP and non-KIPP schools across the country. Last year, KIPP Camino and KIPP Aspire were recognized for being top performers in the KIPP network for growth in their students’ reading and math scores. KIPP Camino had the most significant growth of any KIPP school in the nation in 7th grade reading.

KIPP Aspire was ranked in the Top 10 Best Public Middle Schools out of 116 schools in the greater San Antonio area and the #1 San Antonio Charter Middle School by Children at Risk. KIPP Camino will also be eligible to be ranked next year.

KIPP University Prep’s first senior class graduated from high school in May and 94 percent of graduates will continue their climb to and through college in the fall. The KIPP Through College team will travel that path with them and do whatever it takes to support them on their college journey. Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

First Friday Breakfast
You are invited to KIPP San Antonio’s First Friday Breakfast (held the first Friday of each month) to learn more about KIPP San Antonio and meet the hardest working students in San Antonio:

  • Friday, October 4th – KIPP Camino Academy – 128 S. Audubon Drive
  • Friday, November 1st – KIPP University Prep – 319 E. Mulberry Avenue
  • Friday, December 6th – KIPP Un Mundo Academy – 103 Tuleta Drive
  • Friday, January 10th – KIPP Aspire Academy – 735 Fredericksburg Road

KIPP San Antonio is committed to enabling educationally underserved students to develop the knowledge, skills and character necessary to succeed in top quality schools and colleges and to command their future. KIPP San Antonio currently serves 1,500 students in four college-preparatory schools and is on track to serve more than 8,500 students across 15 schools.

H-E-B lives “Helping Here” motto

HEB helping here logoSeptember has certainly seen H-E-B living up to its motto of “Helping Here” in the San Antonio community. Between the generosity of H-E-B customers and Partners, San Antonio has been injected with the H-E-B spirit of giving in the month of September through multiple state-wide company initiatives. At the beginning of the month, donations totaling over $540,000 were made to over 20 food banks across the state to “Help End Hunger”. H-E-B’s “Help End Hunger” campaign is unique because it is completely driven by the generosity of H-E-B and Central Market customers. The campaign encouraged customers to tear off a $1, $3, or $5 coupon to add to their final grocery bill at the check stand to benefit local food banks. In San Antonio alone, $67,000 was donated to the San Antonio food bank, all thanks to H-E-B customers that cared at the end of their trip to the grocery store.

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H-E-B presents $67,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank through the Help End Hunger campaign

Next up to the plate in the San Antonio community were the H-E-B Partners that showed their appreciation for the courageous firefighters in their neighborhood during H-E-B’s ninth annual “Helping Heroes” initiative. In remembrance of the rescue teams that risked their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center, over 832 H-E-B Partners visited their local fire stations on September 11th to pay tribute to the local Heroes that risk their life every day for their community. A total of 59 stores in the region participated, sending Partners over to their neighborhood station to pamper their local Heroes for the day. H-E-B Partners visiting the fire stations made home-cooked breakfasts and lunches for the fire rescue teams, and cleaned their stations from top to bottom. Anyone passing by fire stations on September 11th could see Partners scrubbing fire trucks, mowing station lawns, sweeping, mopping, and grilling tasty lunches for the local firefighters. Through the H-E-B “Helping Heroes” initiative, Partners were able to show their appreciation for the daily acts of bravery performed by their local fire stations.

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A group of H-E-B Partners adopt a local fire station for the day during Helping Heroes on September 11th

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H-E-B Partners lend a hand to help clean fire trucks during Helping Heroes

The end of this month highlights a special partnership of H-E-B and the community in helping to improve San Antonio children’s literacy. From September 18th to October 1st, H-E-B is hosting its “Read 3” event which includes a school book drive challenge, special reading events in all the stores, and free books given away when certain items are purchased at H-E-B.  Since the program’s inception in 2011, over 1.6 million books have been donated back to Texas communities through literacy non-profits, schools, public libraries, and Feast of Sharing dinners. In October, the H-E-B Family Literacy Workshops will begin their fall session of classes that expose children to early literacy skills and expose parents to information on how to support their children’s academic development. These Family Literacy Workshops are a product of a unique partnership of local school districts, H-E-B Partner volunteers, and local universities; the classes are free to all parent and child participants.  The school districts provide classroom space and lead teachers, as well as recruit families with young children who are not yet in formal schooling. The local universities provide students from the department of education who deliver the lessons to participants and are supervised by the district’s lead teacher. H-E-B provides the curriculum, the necessary school materials, Partners to help at each site, incentives for families that participate, and a graduation ceremony at the end of the sessions. The Read 3 program and Family Literacy Workshops are H-E-B’s way of empowering young children in the community with the gift of literacy and a passion for reading.

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Craig Boyan, President and C-E-O of H-E-B, reads to a group of children at a local H-E-B for the Read 3 event in September