Tag Archives: family and community engagement

HISD celebrates community volunteers at 53rd annual VIPS Awards Ceremony

Each year, HISD celebrates its Volunteers in Public Schools with the annual VIPS Awards Breakfast Ceremony. This year, on April 25, volunteers including parents, teachers, community members, and students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments with a breakfast catered by HISD’s Nutrition Services Department.

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HISD Parent Organization Expo welcomes families to get involved

HISD’s 2024 Parent Organization Expo took place on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Lamar High School, outgrowing last year’s venue thanks to increased interest from enthusiastic HISD families eager to learn and engage with their children’s schools.

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Upcoming HISD and community holiday distribution events

HISD and charitable organizations throughout Houston are gearing up for distribution days, drives, and other special events to kick off the holiday season. See below for a list of scheduled events. More will be added to this list as dates are announced.

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New Sunrise Center gives homeless HISD students a safe place to land

On Monday, Oct. 9, HISD christened the Cornerstone Sunrise Center, the second of a proposed seven community centers created in partnership with existing community assistance organizations to fill specific needs for HISD students, families, and community members.

The Cornerstone Sunrise Center is located at the Star of Hope Cornerstone Community Transformational Campus, and together with Star of Hope and Buckner International will serve homeless community members by providing housing, career development, counseling, health and safety resources, and more.

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HISD honors parent and community volunteers with special awards ceremony

The truth of the adage “It takes a village to raise a child” is made most obvious when we take time to recognize the hundreds of individuals who volunteer their time to help our public-school systems run. As the largest school district in Texas, HISD is no exception and boasts a cohort of dedicated parent and community volunteers.

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HISD to hold inaugural Multicultural Day created by MLK Oratory Competition winner

The HISD Multilingual Programs Department is proud to host the district’s first ever Multicultural Day. This event was conceived of by Law Elementary fifth-grader Kadence Smith, winner of the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Speech Competition.

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It’s a Game Changer: Parent Organization Expo gets parents involved and empowered

The 2023 Parent Organization Expo, held on Feb. 4, was met with explosive enthusiasm by HISD PTO and would-be PTO members. Nearly 600 people attended the expo at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center which was the first of its kind to be held in person. PTOs from across the district gathered to network and learn how to be more effectively involved in their child’s education.

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HISD connects families to information and resources through Parent Link

Houston Independent School District is improving the way it helps families find information and support for their child’s learning.

The HISD Parent Link is a one-stop resource center with staff prepared to help parents and caregivers navigate processes such as enrollment, school nutrition, academic support, and much more.

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HISD opens first Do Good Closet to provide resources for students in need

HISD unveiled the first Do Good Closet at Young Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The closets, created in collaboration with Houston-born rapper and philanthropic icon, Trae Tha Truth, are in-school stores of resources that are available to HISD students in need.

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