Growing up during the late 1970s and 1980s in Houston’s South Park neighborhood, Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby and his childhood friends could never tell that anyone around them was going without or in need.
It wasn’t until he was an adult, he said, that he came to understand more about some of the choices that his family had to make — like always cooking at home and never eating out — to stay within their budget.
“There are a lot of families that go without food during the holidays,” Busby said. “It’s important for us to do what we can do address their needs, especially during the holiday season.”
When students at J.P. Henderson Elementary returned from the holiday break, they were met with a healthy new option in the cafeteria: a salad bar filled with crisp lettuce, fresh cheese, and cool cucumbers.
Henderson Elementary is the first elementary school in the district to have a salad bar included in its meal options. Nutrition Services plans on adding salad bars to another 22 elementary schools before spring break. Continue reading
Henderson ES principal Herlinda Garcia
Herlinda Garcia was named “Educator of the Year” by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 402. The J.P. Henderson Elementary School principal was honored at the council’s annual scholarship gala on Feb. 11, along with former HISD Board President Juliet Stipeche, who represents District VIII and was named “Honoree of the Year.” Also in attendance was current HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones.
“I have devoted my life to education, and this means a lot to me, because this event is a fundraiser that raises money for scholarships for area students who want to go to college,” Garcia said. As the principal of Henderson for 35 years, she is only the fourth principal in that position since the school was built in 1929.