Fifth-graders Miriya Mattern, Rudy Rodriguez, and Trevor Groenewold (L–R) proudly display a banner they made for Herod Elementary School’s 50th anniversary. Behind the table are (L–R): Principal Lisa McManus (center), Assistant Principal Bryan Bancroft (second from L), Vanguard Magnet Coordinator Todd Paulus (far R), and parents Angela Spears and Andrea Simon.
When Herod Elementary School opened its doors back in the fall of 1965, LBJ was still president, Beatle-mania was taking America by storm, and the The Sound of Music was only about six months old.
Now, the Vanguard magnet school is 50 years old. It celebrated its anniversary on Dec. 10 with cake, balloons, and special presentations from each class.
Houston Independent School District students will be planting and weeding gardens, and participating in other environmentally friendly activities on Sept. 28 as part of a global movement to transform schools into healthy and sustainable learning environments.
The Green Apple Day of Service is sponsored by the Center for Green School at the U.S. Green Building Council. The goal of the second annual event is to help raise awareness among parents, teachers and students about the importance of improving the school environment.
Two HISD schools – Herod Elementary and Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Education Center – have already signed up with projects designed to help their own facilities create greener and healthier campuses.