As clouds of monarch butterflies migrate south for the winter, many of them pass through Houston, where a special program allows HISD students to provide nectar-rich flowers and milkweed to nourish them.
Twenty-one HISD schools are participating in the Monarch Heroes program this school year, allowing students to create monarch habitat gardens to reverse the decline of the species.
The two-year program is part of the National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA Program, the nation’s largest comprehensive green school program.
Crossing Guard Charlethia Vaughn is nearly a permanent fixture at the corner of Walnut Bend Lane and Briar Forest Drive during the school year.
Every morning and afternoon, she is there to help Walnut Bend Elementary School students and their parents cross the busy street — even when the Texas heat is nearly unbearable, when the skies are pouring rain, or when it’s so cold, her fingers get numb.
“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” she said. “This community has really embraced me.”
Maintenance office looks like any other, with computers, cubicles, and
conference rooms. You might never know that it houses HISD’s first line of
defense against burglars, fires, floods, and natural disasters.
Facilities Services and Fleet Operations, Security Maintenance is responsible
for ensuring safety and security systems and equipment are fully functioning.
provides routine maintenance and emergency repairs on all safety equipment,
such as cameras and alarm panels. It oversees and coordinates annual fire
alarm, intercom, and fire extinguisher inspections. The team also works closely
with HISD Construction Services to bring safety systems online in new and
HISD’s Facilities Services and Fleet Operations department has
been working hard this summer to ensure students have clean, comfortable
learning spaces and reliable transportation to and from school.
The department cleaned schools, made renovations to several
campuses, worked on climate control systems, serviced cars, took care of the
grounds, welded metal, and maintained security.
Facilities Services and Fleet Operations Officer Alishia
Jolivette said the department’s new tagline — We solve. We serve. We maintain.
— guides their daily efforts.