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New Year bringing great things to Sharpstown High School

2013 January 10
by HISD Communications

2013 is shaping up to be a really good year for HISD’s Sharpstown High School.

This fall, a new on-site health clinic will be opening at that campus, thanks to a new partnership and a grant received from Memorial Hermann Hospital.

“This is a high-need area, so this is something that will be good for us and good for the community,” said Principal Rob Gasparello. “We will also have a mobile dental van on-site and a mobile van to provide vision screenings and eyeglasses.”

Sharpstown students will also benefit from a brand-new college fund, courtesy of “Dropout Nation” director Frank Koughan. Koughan, whose special report for PBS’s Frontline showcased Sharpstown High School and the challenges many of its students face on a daily basis, recently sent Gasparello a check for $10,000.

“He told me it was out of respect for the work we were doing over here,” said Gasparello. And although the principal hasn’t yet decided exactly how the windfall will be distributed (most likely in ten $1,000 scholarships), “the idea is to earmark it for someone who’s ‘overcome.’”

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