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United Way’s first-ever  Write Start Project, is a back-to-school initiative targeting those who make a difference in the lives of our children, the individuals who spend their days ensuring that our students succeed in the school … teachers.

The community-wide project will fill the gap and cost of teachers’ supplies by providing much needed school supplies to teachers in three underserved San Antonio school districts: Southside ISD, East Central ISD, and eleven SAISD schools.

Donations of school supplies will be accepted from June 21 – July 21 during business hours at United Way offices at 700 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205; and at Firstmark Credit Union locations.

“Firstmark is proud to partner with United Way in an effort to create awareness for this important school supply initiative,” said Wendy Bryant-Beswick, chief retail officer. “As an educators’ credit union, we understand firsthand how the lack of necessary school supplies can impact a teacher’s ability to do the basic fundamentals of teaching.”

The wish list of supplies includes: crayons (16 and 24 count), composition notebooks (wide rule), Clorox wipes, dry erase markers, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, highlighters, notebook paper (wide rule), #2 pencils, pens (blue, black, and red), Post-it Notes, Sharpies, spiral notebooks (wide rule), and Zip Lock bags. Project supporters may also text “WriteStart” to 71777 to donate.

Volunteers are needed for a Back to School Kit Assembly Party at the AT&T Center on July 29, 2017. Visit  www.volunteersanantonio.org to learn about opportunities and register.

Over 99 percent of teachers dip into their own pocketbooks to provide supplies and instructional materials for their students, according to the most recent survey of the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA).

Across the United States, public school teachers during the 2012-2013 school year spent $1.6 billion of their own money on school supplies and instructional materials, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association. On average, teachers surveyed said they spent a total of $268 on school supplies in the 2012-2013 school year, $491 on instructional materials and an additional $186 on other classroom supplies for an average total of $945 on materials for their classrooms during the last school year.

In San Antonio, United Way focuses on improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school, and strengthening families. The Write Start Project is aligned with United Way’s work to support ready children and successful students.

Parent engagement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure students achievement and success. Parent engagement refers to all activities that parents do to help their children succeed. It includes everything from ensuring that kids are prepared to go to school every day, to attending parent meetings, conferences, and events, to volunteering their time and talents at their child’s school. It is vital to the student’s success.

The first parent rooms opened in San Antonio Independent School District in 2006. The parent room model was the driving force behind the United Way applying for and receiving the U.S. Department of Education Eastside Promise Neighborhood grant.

During the 2015-2016 school year, 780 parent volunteers logged over 10,000 hours in home visits, parent leadership development training, and campus support.

United Way’s ReadyKidSA Coalition launched the Children’s Agenda for Bexar County in April 2017, which was developed in collaboration with local early childhood education professionals, child development advocates, health professionals, community members, parents, and civic leaders. The aim of the agenda is to set forth a far-reaching framework to better support local families to grow healthy, happy, and ready children.

The Write Start Project kickoff coincides with United Way Day of Action, when communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live.

Sponsors of the Write Start Project include: H-E-B, the San Antonio Stars, Firstmark Credit Union, the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, ReadyKidSA, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and United Way.

Contact:
Brandyn Moore-Rodriguez (210) 352-7077 office, (210) 204-9277 cell, bmoore-rodriguez@unitedwaysatx.org

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Episode 24 | U.S. Army Special Forces (ret) Lawrence Brown

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I am Refocused Podcast Show is brought to you by RefocusedMagazine.com live at Rockafellas Barber Shop every Thursday!

Today’s guests on I Am Refocused Podcast is Lawrence (Larry) Brown!

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Lawrence (Larry) Brown, 66, a 13 year Texas resident and Vietnam Era Special Forces veteran, spent 30 years, after separation, in every aspect of retail automotive distribution, including sales, and manufacturing. A proud father of three, grandfather of two, Larry earned his MBA in 2010. He formed E-Motive Business Concepts, LLC in 2012, to demonstrate the competence and consulting proficiency of for-profit university Masters Graduates.

As a 14 year old Christian, an officer of several fraternal organizations, associate producer of a feature film, evangelist, and weekly, radio broadcast co-host, Larry tutors, mentors, writes, and publically speaks of citizens’ responsibility, to raise awareness, and promote charitable activities for veterans and children, including those with special needs. Toastmasters maintains and hones his crucial communications skills.

Hear this podcast on Googleplay, TuneinRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, Youtube, and iHeartradio

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All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

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Episode 23 | Trevor Loudon and Lt Col (ret) Roy White

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I am Refocused Podcast Show is brought to you by RefocusedMagazine.com live at Rockafellas Barber Shop every Thursday!

Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast is Trevor Loudon and Lt Col (ret) Roy White

Trevor Loudon Bio

Editor-in-Chief Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker and public speaker from Christchurch, New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

Trevor Loudon’s thesis is that what is commonly regarded as mainstream political policy is in fact driven and guided by hidden subversive elements. The Democratic party’s consistent defunding of the US military, Obamacare, the Iran Nuclear Deal, normalization of relations with Cuba, Islamic refugee re-settlement, $15 minimum wage, fracking bans, pipeline shutdowns and the push for illegal alien amnesty are all consistent with far-left and Islamist agendas.

Trevor Loudon believes that these forces must be exposed and countered, as America’s continued role as a bastion of freedom is pivotal for the future of western civilization.

Some of Trevor Loudon’s accomplishments:

Trevor’s hard-hitting political documentary, the Enemies Within, was released in 2016.
In Collaboration with the Capital Research Center, Trevor Loudon and Director Judd Saul created a series of mini-documentaries free to the public:
America Under Siege: Civil War 2017
America Under Siege: Soviet Islam
America Under Siege: Antifa
Trevor Loudon discovered the long-hidden relationship between notorious Hawaiian Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and the young Barack Obama in 2007.
After extensively researching Obama’s ties to the New York and Chicago Marxist movements, Loudon began publishing his findings online, catching the eye of such prominent voices as Accuracy in Media and syndicated radio host Glenn Beck.
In 2009 Loudon exposed the communist roots of Obama “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones. After an extensive campaign by Glenn Beck and others, Jones was forced to resign from his White House position.
Since 2011 Loudon has toured the United States promoting his two books “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within” and “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” – an extensively footnoted expose of the rapidly unfolding Marxist takeover of the United States government.
Loudon has addressed more than 400 conservative, tea party, religious and Republican groups in more than 37 states.
Loudon has interviewed many people from both sides of the struggle over the years to former Western intelligence offices, to government undercover operatives inside the communist movement, to former KGB officers.

This research has given Loudon unique insight into how extensively often minuscule communist parties have been able to manipulate, and even control policy formation in many Western countries – particularly the “main enemy:” the United States of America. Loudon’s research shows that this is not just a historical problem, but is a very grave and looming threat which will not only impact America’s national security but indeed her very survival.

Trevor proudly serves as a fellow at both the American Freedom Alliance and the Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Thought.

Lt Col (ret) Roy White Bio

Married 38 years,
3 kids, 7 grandkids,
63 yrs old,
3 yrs of public school teaching, taught Kindergarten PE
Always dreamed of flying
20 years in AF flying fighters, trainers, Desert Storm, Southern Watch veteran,
’99 hired as commercial airline pilot
14 month to retirement
Began working in the non-profit world in ’06, changed my life
God led me into this arena to shape and strengthen my faith
Snowball Express – honoring children of military fallen heroes once a year, all expense paid trip to join with others
Next venture was helping other veteran NPOs
Next NPO was devoted to studying Islam and how to fight back against the threat in America
Began group to push back against the PC agendas found in public school social studies textbooks, Truth in Textbooks – amazing successes due to God’s intervention.
National effort with nearly 200 volunteers from around the country and more groups partnering with us, many Christian based groups.
Radio exposure in SAT with Lance Hoppes at 930 AM The Answer with Lance Hoppes…discuss the spiritual battle between Christianity and Islam
Serve on two Christian NPOs dedicated to educating Christian congregations about Islam.

Hear this podcast on Googleplay, TuneinRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, Youtube, and iHeartradio

Podcast weekly broadcast location:

Rockafellas Barber Shop (Owner: Rico Rodriguez)

1733 Babcock Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229

Sponsors:

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by River City Donuts San Ant
1723 Babock Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Bay Bay McClinton of All Sports Speed and Conditioning

http://www.allsportsfitness.net/

All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

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January Magazine Issue 2018

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What’s inside: Diana Barrios Trevino and Roland Trevino serves as the executive chairs for 2018 Khaki and Plaid, Diana also shares her story, learn how to get more out of your smartphone, tips for taking care of your winter wardrobe, Randy Adams learn to buy and sell cars, More students are going to grad school, and more!

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