Category Archives: Volunteers and partnerships

HISD elementary schools compete in Read to the Final Four Literacy Program

The NCAA and the Houston Local Organizing Committee have teamed up with HISD to help promote and inspire reading growth for third grade students.

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BrainAbouts promotes positive decision making with HISD elementary students

Young learners can make positive choices and develop healthy brains when equipped with the right tools, knowledge, and support.

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Law ES student wins 27th annual MLK Oratory Competition

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Foley & Lardner LLP hosted the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, Jan. 13.

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HISD students raise money for the Houston Food Bank through Imagine Learning Math Program

HISD community partner Imagine learning hosted a celebration ceremony at The Rice School to recognize the top donating classroom and student for their Do Math Pay It Forward contest.

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HISD & TxDOT team up with mobile app to make driving near schools safer

HISD’s Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy is partnering with Houston ConnectSmart to help the Texas Department of Transportation end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.

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HISD students visit Space Center Houston for National STEM Day

In observance of National STEM Day on Nov. 8, Space Center Houston welcomed more than 500 HISD students to speak with NASA astronaut Megan McArthur and engage in authentic science learning activities.

Students from Wesley Elementary School, Davila Elementary School, Deady Middle School, Booker T. Washington High School, and Milby High School were all in attendance.

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League of Women Voters turn up to register students during first week of school

HISD believes in teaching students the value of their civic duty. Every year, the district makes a concentrated effort to help eligible students register to vote. This year, during the first week of school, volunteers with the Texas League of Women Voters (LWV) visited every HISD high school to support that effort.

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HISD to distribute food, supplies for the holidays on Dec. 11

HISD Community Partnerships is joining local organizations to spread holiday cheer, food, and supplies in a drive-through distribution event. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Hattie Mae White east parking lot, families in the community are welcome to pick up a variety of items.

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Volunteer to change a child’s life through reading

Looking for a way to help HISD’s students? The district is resuming its popular “Read Houston Read” and “Real Men Read” programs this year. HISD recognizes the need to provide ongoing literacy support to students and is once again asking the community for volunteers to read to children.

Read Houston Read volunteers will work with the same student one hour each week for an entire year, either in person or virtually on the Microsoft TEAMS platform.

Houston Real Men Read is a mentoring program in which men volunteer at least one hour a month to read to students in third grade.

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Volunteers in Public Schools celebrates 50 years, recognizes 2020-2021 honorees

For 50 years, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) has provided the Houston Independent School District with invaluable support and commitment that supports student success. That partnership was celebrated at a virtual ceremony on Friday, honoring 50 Years of Volunteers in Public Schools.

As Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan opened the program, she noted that VIPS boasted more than 44,000 volunteers in HISD schools. That makes it one of the largest volunteer groups in the city, putting it alongside such organizations as the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“And just like those organizations, we could not do what we do without volunteers,” Lathan said. “Many, many students would not be where they are today without your tireless efforts. During those five decades, you’ve shown Houston the power of public education. Time and time again, you showed up and worked hard, believing in HISD students every step of the way.”

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