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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.

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

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Robo Hawks Robotics Team from Harris Middle School Interview

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Guest: Robo Hawks Robotics Team Harris Middle School

Our robotics team was created 3 years ago with a small group of students. We have a blend of 6th-8th students, but out of the seven students we had in the club, only one was a female when we first started out. Since our first year we have achieved a more balanced group and have an even mix of young men and women. We began participating in First Lego League as a way to get our feet wet with programming and compete with other teams throughout the San Antonio and surrounding areas. FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the INTO ORBIT season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

Our students took this challenge head on and we spoke with an engineer from NASA to talk about the challenges these astronauts face with long term space travel. During their conversation with David Brady they realized they wanted to focus on the social emotional aspect these astronauts are faced with because Scott Kelly stated this would be the biggest concern NASA will face. Scott Kelly said the lack of choices in daily activity and being away from Earth is the hardest part of the mission. So the students solution to this was to send virtual reality googles into space with the astronauts so that when they are required to work out on the treadmill for 2 hours a day, they can feel at home by choosing their own adventure. It would be a way to bring Earth to space in a sense. David was impressed with their idea and forwarded the idea on to a colleague at NASA in the Human Research Project to see if they had considered this idea. I’m happy to report that NASA is looking into something similar and David praised our students ingenuity as they did think of a real-life solution for the issues our astronauts face in long-term space travel.


About Middle School Teacher: Stefanie Fulford

I have been teaching for six years. Four of which have been here at Harris Middle School in NEISD. I have always taught science as it is my first love and I believe there is a place for female in this field of study. This year I was awarded the Trinity Prize and Teacher of the Year for my school. I come from a very challenging background as my mother is mentally handicapped, schizophrenic, and has manic depression. I never knew my real dad and my step-dad was an abusive alcoholic. So I was in and out of foster care and finally went to live in an orphanage at age 12. This was a new battle for me, but it provided stability. I joined the military as a way to pay for my college because I knew education was the key to a better life. I am proud to say I not only have my bachelors in education, but a masters in psychology. I wanted to be a positive influence in others around me so teaching made sense as I would create the most change in the next generation. I take every opportunity to connect with my students so that I can positively influence them.

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Episode 149 | Stephanie Hall Powell Founder of San Antonio Preparatory Charter School

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Today’s Guest: Stephanie Hall Powell Founder of San Antonio Preparatory Charter School

Stephanie Hall Powell is a Fellow with Building Excellent Schools where she is taking on the demanding and urgent work of founding and leading San Antonio Preparatory Charter School. San Antonio Preparatory Charter School (SA Prep) is a proposed 5th – 12th grade charter school with a focus on Literacy and Math in middle school and college preparation in high school. Stephanie previously served as the Assistant Principal of Instruction with IDEA Public Schools as well as 3 years as a 6th – 9th grade science teacher. Additionally, Stephanie served 9 years in the Unites States Air Force with four of those years as a military training instructor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Maryland University College and holds a Master of Education Administration degree from Concordia University Texas. She is married to her husband Antuan Powell and they have four sons Micaih, Dominic, Aric, and Isaac.

San Antonio Preparatory Charter School

Is a proposed 5th – 12th grade Public Charter School.

SA Prep will service students in San Antonio, Kirby, and Converse, Texas.

The proposed school launch is Fall 2020.

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Episode 137 | Dr. Anthony Cobbs

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Today’s guest: Dr. Anthony Cobbs

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Dr. Anthony Cobbs is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and now resides in Texas. He has earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Biblical Studies, a Masters in Christian Ministry and a Doctorate in Leadership from Creighton University. A highly sought-after advisor, trainer and speaker, he is a certified church consultant, ministry strategist and executive coach. He has trained hundreds of leaders and shares the gospel regularly across the country.

Over the past 24 years he has served in various ministry roles, working with churches of all sizes. Most recently he served as the Executive Pastor of Higher Dimension Church, a megachurch in greater Houston and as a Church Starting Consultant with the Baptist General Convention of Texas helping to plant churches across Southeast Texas.

In 2011, Pastor Cobbs launched Breakthrough Ministry Consulting to provide urban pastors and ministry leaders with innovative, relevant ministry resources and top-notch leadership development. Breakthrough has been instrumental in helping dozens of churches across the country achieve ministry goals.

Pastor Cobbs is also a prolific writer. For four years, he wrote a popular weekly blog for the San Antonio Express News. In 2017, he was asked to be a contributing author for “Our Help” a devotional book published by Our Daily Bread International and he is releasing his debut novel in early 2019.

Dr. Cobbs is a husband, father of four millennials, a researcher, and an avid Spurs fan. He is currently the Executive Pastor at Resurrection Church in San Antonio, Texas.

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