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Working within the Education System to Reach Families

Many of us are trying to make strides to connect with parents and students in Hispanic and Black communities.  Because we realize the future will require an educated work force, we are eager to connect with schools in our region.  Sometimes, we get through, and find someone who understands we’re willing to help, and they open their doors to us.

Unfortunately, some in leadership fail to recognize the potential of the citizenry to actively support and enhance the education process.  Maybe they don’t want us involved?  Maybe they think they can manage it better?  Whatever the reason, many of us who want to help feel like they don’t want our help.  Everywhere you turn, you hear people say, ‘We need to get the parents more involved.”  But, when the parents want to get involved, some meet resistance.

Today I spoke with Faith Massingill, an educator and administrator of the A.C.E. program at La Vega I.S.D.  With nearly 50% Hispanic population, La Vega I.S.D. is currently seeing an average of 300 students every day.  These students begin their program at 2:30, with “Homework help,” where they receive assistance from teachers and Baylor graduates specializing in education.  According to Massingill, these helpers have fallen into the role of mentor, and students have drastically improved their reading and math levels, increasing their potential to graduate and advance.

From 3:30 to 4:30, these students begin their “enrichment” portion of the day.  They can broaden their knowledge of the arts, music, dance, sports and more.  Essentially, these programs give students, who would not normally be able to experience these opportunities at home, the ability to increase their awareness and appreciation of the arts.  In my opinion, it gets their minds off the issues many face at home.

With so many schools receiving Federal and State funds to operate these programs, it seems only natural that when we taxpaying residents of our local school district want to help, we should be able to.  And Massingill agrees.  She has offered us the opportunity to speak directly with the parents of many of these students, who are already attending ESL classes on the school’s campus.  We will be making huge strides to connect with the families and provide help where it’s needed most.

From the No Child Left Behind Act

COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER– The term community learning center’ means an entity that —
(A) assists students in meeting State and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics, by providing the students with opportunities for academic enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities (such as drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education programs) during nonschool hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess) that reinforce and complement the regular academic programs of the schools attended by the students served; and

(B) offers families of students served by such center opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Here are the participating schools in Texas. They are receiving Taxpayer money to conduct these programs, and we can get involved. If you are ready to engage the community, I can’t think of a better way to make a difference in our local community. Good luck, and please share the story of your experience.


Amarillo ISD Houston ISD
7200 I-40 West 4400 West 18th Street
Amarillo TX 79106 Houston TX 77092
Phone: (806) 326-1001 Phone: (713) 556-6800
Fax: (806) 354-4378 Fax: (713) 556-6814
La Vega
Atlanta ISD 3100 Bellmead Drive
106 W. Main St Waco TX 76705
Atlanta TX 75551 Phone: (254) 299-6700
Phone: (903) 796-4194
Fax: (903) 796-3487 Latexo ISD
298 FM 2663
Austin ISD Latexo TX 75849
1111 West 6th Street Phone: (936) 544-5664
Austin TX 78703
Phone: (512) 414-1700 Lipan ISD
Fax: (512) 414-1486 211 N. Kickapoo Street Lipan TX 76462
Phone: (254) 646-2266
Bastrop ISD
906 Farm Street Los Fresnos CISD
Bastrop TX 78602 600 North Mesquite
Phone: (512) 308-1601 Los Fresnos TX 78566
Fax: (512) 308-1607 Phone: (956) 233-3776
Beeville ISD Lubbock-Cooper ISD
2400 N. Mary’s Street 16302 Loop 493
Beeville TX 78102 Lubbock TX 79423-7805
Phone: (361) 358-7111 Phone: (806) 863-2282 x 112
Fax: (361) 358-7837 Fax: (806) 863-2397
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD
172 Badger Lane Marshall ISD
Ben Bolt TX 78342 1305 East Pincrest Drive
Phone: (361) 664-9904 Marshall TX 75760
Fax: (361) 668-0446 Phone: (903) 927-8700
Big Thought Millsap ISD
2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 550 301 East Brazos Street
Dallas TX 75219 Millsap TX 76066
Phone: (214) 520-0023 Phone: (940) 682-3101
Fax: (214) 520-8322 Northside ISD
5900 Evers Road
Birdville ISD San Antonio TX 78238-1699
6125 E. Belknap Phone: (210) 397-8770
Haltom City TX 76117 Fax: (210) 706-8772
Phone: (817) 547-5768
NYOS Charter School, Inc.
Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County 1605 Kramer LN
202 West First Austin TX 78758
Freeport TX 77541 Phone: (512) 275-1593
Phone: (979) 373-9668 Fax: (512) 287-5258
Fax: (979) 373-9665 Pasadena ISD
1515 Cherrybrook
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area Pasadena TX 77502
5407 North IH35, Suite 400 Phone: (713) 740-0039
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: (512) 444-7199 Poteet ISD
1100 School Drive
Brownsville ISD Poteet TX 78065
1900 East Price Road, #211 Phone: (830) 742-3567
Brownsville TX 78521
Phone: (956) 698-1478 Richardson ISD
701 West Betline Road
Communities in Schools of North Texas Richardson TX 75080
1597 South Edmonds Lane Phone: (469) 593-7454
Lewisville TX 75067
Phone: (972) 436-6377 S.H.A.P.E. Community Center
3903 Almeda Road
Communities in Schools, Southeast Harris Co., Inc. Houston TX 77004
3222 Burke Rd., Suite 213 Phone: (713) 521-0629
Pasadena TX 77504
Phone: (979) 849-0321 San Antonio Youth Centers, Inc.
Fax: (979) 864-3350 1700 Tampico
San Antonio TX 78207
Clayton Yes! Phone: (210) 223-3131
1215 Country Club Lane Fax: (210) 223-9939
Fort Worth TX 76112
Phone: (817) 923-9888
Snyder ISD
Education Service Center, Region 12 2901 37th Street
2101 W. Loop 340 Snyder TX 79549
Waco TX 76702 Phone: (325) 573-5401
Phone: (254) 297-1113 Fax: (325) 573-9025
Education Service Center, Region 13
5701 Springdale Road Spring Branch ISD
Austin TX 78723-3675 955 Campbell Rd.
Phone: (512) 919-5326 Houston TX 77024
Fax: (512) 919-5320 Phone: (713) 464-1511 x 2326 Fax: (713) 365-4881
Fort Worth ISD
100 N. University Drive, Ste. SW 204 Texas Serenity Academy
Fort Worth TX 76107 262 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East
Phone: (817) 871-2452 Houston TX 77060
Fax: (817) 871-2497 Phone: (281) 931-8887
Galveston ISD University of Texas at Tyler
3904 Ave T 3900 University Blvd
Galveston TX 77550 Ingenuity Center
Phone: (409) 795-2418 Tyler TX 75799
Phone: (903) 565-5903
Greenville ISD
3504 King Street Waller ISD
Greenville TX 75403 2214 Waller Street
Phone: (903) 408-4434 Waller TX 77484
Phone: (936) 372-4039
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd. Ysleta ISD
Houston TX 77022 9600 Sims Drive
Phone: (713) 696-1331 El Paso TX 79925
Fax: (713) 696-1340 Phone: (915) 434-9197 Fax: (915) 591-4144


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