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A Simple Guide to Enlisting in the Military

By | Military

Are you planning on enlisting in the military after graduating? Before anything else, do extensive research on the process and each branch to ensure there are no surprises along the way, and that you find the right branch for you. Enlisting is a big decision, and Educate Midland is not only proud of all of our students choosing the military but want to ensure that we give them as much guidance and assistance as possible along the way. Keep reading for a brief understanding of the first steps to enlisting in the military. 

Branches of the military: 

  • United States Army
  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Army National Guard

Basic Requirements

To enlist in the military, you must either be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident with a valid Green Card. You must be at least 18 years old to enlist, or 17 with permission from a parent or guardian. A high school diploma or GED is also required to enlist. If you meet all of these basic requirements, talking to a recruiter near you is your next move. 

Contact a Recruiter

Make sure you meet with a recruiter in each branch you’re interested in to get more information and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! That is why they are there. Enlisting is an important and life-changing decision, and a recruiter’s job is to ensure that you feel prepared and knowledgeable about your future in the military. 

Take the ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is a multiple-choice exam that helps determine which careers are the best fit for each individual. There is a traditional pen-and-paper option, or a computer-based version as well. The ASVAB will test you about questions in various school subjects such as math, English, writing, and science, taking the average individual approximately 3 hours to complete. Each branch will take these results and create a score based on their requirements for various career fields. 

Pass the Physical Exam 

Before you can enlist, you must pass a physical exam. This exam is similar to a medical exam that you would receive from a family doctor. Some recruiters will also hold a brief physical training test as well with other recruits. Each branch’s physical requirements are different, but here is a general list of what will be examined: 

  • Height and weight measurements
  • Hearing and vision examinations
  • Urine and blood tests
  • Drug and alcohol tests
  • Muscle group and joint maneuvers
  • Specialized test if required (pregnancy test for women, body fat percentage test for those who are overweight, tests relating to any unusual medical history)

Report to MEPS

If you decide to enlist, you will report to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to finalize your enlistment. If you haven’t already taken the ASVAB, you will do so here. Here they will conduct your physical exam, and after you will speak with a career counselor. Your career counselor will consider your ASVAB score, physical ability, and job availability to guide you in choosing a career. 

After choosing a career and officially being accepted, your service enlistment counselor will then go over the enlistment agreement. It is vital to fully understand the agreement and its terms before signing. After signing this agreement, you are making an official commitment to the United States Military. Finally, you will be fingerprinted for your file to complete a background check and security clearance. 

Take the Oath & Wait for Basic Training

Your last step to officially joining the United States Military is to take the Oath of Enlistment. In this statement, you vow to protect the United States Constitution and obey the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Family members are more than welcome to attend and take photos at this time. 

After taking the Oath of Enlistment, you will wait to receive orders for basic training, where you will either direct ship to training or be placed in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and await basic training in the near future. 

Educate Midland is extremely proud of our students in anything they decide to do after high school. Whether it be college, career, a trade school, or the military, we want our students to feel supported and assisted in getting them wherever they want to be. For more information on Educate Midland and our involvement, visit

Tips for Applying to Trade School

By | College, Education

If you know what specific career field you would like to enter and don’t think a four-year university is right for you, trade school could be the perfect fit. Trade school is a vocational school that provides the necessary training for your job of choice making it easier to secure a job quickly after graduation. Some trade school programs are less than a year long, and others can last up to 2 years, allowing you to graduate with an associate’s degree similar to attending a two-year college. Whatever career path is your goal, Educate Midland is here to support and assist you in getting there any way we can. If any of these careers sound right for you, follow these tips for choosing and applying to trade school. 

Careers obtainable with a trade school degree: 

  • Electrician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Plumber
  • Paralegal
  • Nurse
  • Graphic Designer
  • Welder
  • Computer technician
  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Cosmetologist
  • Chef
  • Marine mechanic
  • Construction manager
  • Massage therapist
  • Pharmacy technician

#1: Ensure that the trade school offers your desired program 

There are many different trade schools to choose from, and each trade school holds various programs for different career paths. Your first step is making sure that the trade school you are interested in has the program/certificate you are wanting. If you aren’t sure which program to apply for or what jobs it will qualify you for, call and ask the admissions office.

#2: A school with a good reputation is key

After ensuring that the trade school has the program you want, research to confirm that it has a strong reputation. A key factor for hiring employers is trusting that you went to a good school and are qualified to work there. When researching a trade school, read online reviews and talk to current and former students to get their input on whether or not they would recommend the program. Extensive research will ensure that you are getting your desired bang for your buck. 

#3: Make sure you can manage the cost and schedule

Finally, you need to make sure you can handle tuition fees. We encourage students to apply for FAFSA if needed so that payments can be spread out and made more affordable. Additionally, double-check that your class schedule aligns with that of your work schedule. If conflicts arise, look into switching to part-time or rearranging your class times. 

Applying to Trade School

Applying to a trade school is relatively simple. Most schools offer online applications that you can fill out, or you can call the admissions office for more information. Most trade school applications do not have an official deadline; however, you may have to wait until the start of your program to begin. After applying, some trade schools may require you to interview or speak with a representative to help with any questions and guide you through the program process. 

Most trade schools are open enrollment, making your chances of selection very high. Because of this, most trade schools do not require you to take the ACT or SAT and do not require an essay to be written to apply. Additionally, trade schools will not consider extracurricular activities or require recommendation letters when deciding admission.

Educate Midland is extremely proud of our students in anything they decide to do after high school. Whether it be a trade school, college, career, or the military, we want our students to feel supported and assisted in getting them wherever they want to be. For more information on Educate Midland and our involvement, visit

Applying for College: Where Do I Start?

By | College, Education

As the spring semester begins, it’s time to start thinking about your plans after high school or begin finalizing them. For some, applying to college can seem overwhelming at first. With so many options to choose from and steps to complete, where do you start? Keep reading to ensure that you’re on the right track to be college-bound after graduation. 

Step 1: Discuss plans with college/career advisor

Most high schools have a designated college/career advisor, or someone dedicated to helping students plan for after high school. While creating an appointment may not be required, it is incredibly beneficial to talk through your goals for the future and gain professional advice and assistance on how to reach them. Discussing plans with your advisor can help tremendously with choosing the college right for you, and the beginning steps to apply. 

Step 2: Visit your top schools

After speaking with an advisor, you should have a better idea of what schools you are interested in and want to explore. Every college has a number to call in the department of undergraduate admissions that can help set up an official visit. This will allow you to see the campus and get a feel for the school in person. 

Step 3: Start the application process

Once you find the school (or schools) that are right for you, you can apply online. Most applications will ask for a well-written prompt essay so that they can get an idea of who you are as a student. It is also a good idea to ask for recommendation letters from a previous employer, teacher, or leader of some sort. Additionally, most colleges have an application fee of around $50, so consider this when choosing how many colleges you want to apply to. 


After your application has been submitted, you will need to send an official transcript to the schools you applied to. We recommend simply speaking to the front office of your high school and asking for assistance in printing your official transcript and mailing it to the correct address. 

Step 4: Apply for FAFSA

Once you apply to the schools of your choosing, make sure to check how much tuition is at each school. Picking a university that is in your budget is very important. Luckily, you don’t have to pay for college right away, or in full. Applying for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a great option to spread out payments and make college more affordable. Applying is free and encouraged. If you are qualified to receive financial aid, an amount will be offered, and you will be given the opportunity to accept or decline. 

Step 5: Wait for the news!

After your applications have been submitted, all there is to do is wait! Most acceptance or declination letters will be sent in the mail, so check frequently (emails too). After being accepted to one or more schools, you get to make your official decision. 

Educate Midland is extremely proud of our students in anything they decide to do after high school. Whether it be college, career, a trade school, or the military, we want our students to feel supported and assisted in getting them wherever they want to be. For more information on Educate Midland and our involvement, visit

Smart Texas

Start Smart Texas Welcomes Midland

By | Education, Learning

Educate Midland is honored and proud to announce that Midland has officially become a Start Smart Texas community. Start Smart Texas is a partnership between the United Ways of Texas and Texas PBS created to support Texas communities that are part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. With the help of other Texas cities, we can achieve improved reading scores across our state. 

In order to join Start Smart Texas, each community must develop an action plan to focus on mobilizing local nonprofit organizations, civic and business leaders, and engaged citizens to work in concert with families and schools to address three underlying challenges that can keep young children from learning to read proficiently:

  • School readiness — too many children are entering kindergarten already behind 
  • School attendance — too many young children are missing too many days of school 
  • Summer learning — too many children are losing ground academically over the summer

What does this mean? 

For those of you who don’t know, Educate Midland is a “backbone” organization, coordinating and facilitating the community effort to move the bar on key educational indicators and to create sustainable student success outcomes. One of our key educational indicators is Early Learning under our School Readiness framework. By becoming a Start Smart Community, Educate Midland will have access to: 

  • A learning community with regular opportunities to learn from state and national experts on issues of relevance to Texas communities and student success
  • Access to state-level partners working together to support children and communities
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from other Texas communities that are dedicated to improving the lives of children ages 0 – 8
  • Access to resources such as books and technologies designed to assist communities in their support of children, families, and schools
  • A whole lot more … 


In one of Educate Midland’s first partner alignment initiatives, the EDI, or Early Development Instrument, was introduced as a community-level kindergarten readiness assessment. This tool allows the community to look at kindergarten readiness at a neighborhood-level of residence rather than school campus attendance. This truly paints a picture of where a child falls on a holistic scale of readiness to thrive in school before they even enter a classroom.

In the spring of the 2016-2017 school year, the EDI showed nearly half of kindergarten students in Midland ISD were not ready for school. By becoming a Start Smart community, Educate Midland hopes to improve school readiness, attendance, and reading scores in not only our own community but across the state. 


The main resource driving the sustainable efforts of this collaborative initiative is each partner’s shared vision to support early education through constant communication. Our number one priority is to help children in their academic journey from cradle to career, and we are excited to announce this partnership and new beginning so that we can have a greater impact on our children, family, and community. 

For more information on Educate Midland and our dedication to early childhood learning, visit

Holiday Giving in Midland

By | Activities, Events

Taking care of our students in the Permian Basin is at the heart of Educate Midland. Not only helping academically, Educate Midland is invested in connecting our community to local charities and providing what we can to children in need this Holiday season. Whether donating money, school supplies, clothes, or canned goods, giving any way you can makes all the difference in our community. Here’s a list of some amazing charities accepting donations and volunteers this season: 

Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin

415 W Wall St Suite 1420 Midland, TX 79701

“The mission of Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit

CASA of West Texas

1611 W Texas Midland, TX 79701

“The Mission of CASA of West Texas is to recruit, train, and support committed volunteers who are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin

1321 S Goode Midland, TX 79701

“The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin is to help young people become productive, caring and responsible citizens by providing enriching experiences in a positive environment.”  For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit

Junior Achievement (JA) of the Permian Basin

306 W Wall Suite 827 Midland, TX 79701

“JA of the Permian Basin’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Permian Basin

714 W. Louisiana Midland, TX 79701

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, Texas, Inc. is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit

3:11 Ministries

12 E Industrial Loop, Midland, TX 79701

“3:11 Ministries is a non-profit organization with a total of six programs designed to help the children of our community. They work closely with local school guidance counselors to identify families that are in need of assistance, while allowing family information to remain private. In addition to regular projects, they also assist with other needs throughout the school year; upon request from school counselors; they provide shoes, coats & uniform pants as needed.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, call Paris at 432-260-8524 or 432-288-2678 or visit  

Educate Midland is both a non-profit entity and a community initiative in Midland, Texas with a mission to empower and align our whole community by connecting people, ideas, and resources with opportunity and hope so that all students achieve their highest educational potential. For more information about what we do or to donate, visit our website

Holiday Break

Avoiding Slide Over the Holiday Break

By | Education

Every break spent away from school, whether it’s three summer months or two winter weeks, children can suffer from slide, or when a child falls behind from their previous reading level. When children get out of a school routine of reading and learning daily, they can easily fall behind other classmates that are continuing to read over the break. 1 in 4 children who fall behind in reading by the end of third grade stays behind for the rest of their time in school. Therefore, it is vital to keep your child reading, learning, and staying active over the break. Here are some ways to avoid slide over the holidays: 

Read to your child

Reading to your child is vital in keeping them on the right track over the break. 90% of your child’s brain is developed in his or her first five years. So, it is important to make every second count and spend as much time as you can furthering their development. Learning to recognize letters, communicate, and count are just a few fundamentals that every child should understand before entering kindergarten. Additionally, staying intact with these methods over the break will ensure that your child doesn’t skip a beat when returning to school. 

Reduce screen time

Reducing screen time can be extra challenging over the holidays as your child may want to play a new game or on a new device. However, finding a balance between screen time and playing outside or reading a book is key to a successful school year. 


Singing encourages a child to express their emotions and sharpens their ability to communicate while exercising lip and tongue movement. While often overlooked, singing with your child can be one of the easiest and most fun ways to continue learning daily. For example, children not only learn the alphabet by saying it but by singing it. 


Counting is another essential and easy way to keep your child thinking. As your child gets older and advances in grade levels, counting is basic knowledge needed for every math class he or she will take. 73% of Texas students passed the Fourth Grade Math on the STAAR test last school year. Only 63% of Midland students passed. While counting may seem like a simple step, it can be an underlying factor in the future success of your child. 

Go outside and play

The easiest thing you can do to help your child be the best and happiest student is to let them play. Put up the tablet or turn off the TV and take your child to the park. Letting your child play outside, especially with other children, helps them to learn communication skills along with many other fundamental behaviors. 

For more ways to help your child avoid slide over the holidays, visit our website

Citizens Committee Bond Proposal 2019

By | Education, Events

The Midland ISD Master Facilities Planning Committee has officially finalized its bond recommendation for the upcoming November election. At $569 million, this bond will help to seat more children as the projected enrollment for Midland ISD continues to rise. MISD added approximately 1,400 students over the last three years, and enrollment is expected to increase another 8,600 students over the next ten years, a 33% increase. In addition, grades 9-12 are projected to add approximately 3,000 students over the next ten years, a 45% increase. Educate Midland is always excited to support opportunities for growth in the community and encourage everyone to get informed on this amazing new proposal. 

Committee Recommendation

The last new comprehensive high school was built in 1961, 58 years ago for an enrollment size of fewer than 1,500 students. Currently, secondary campuses lease nearly the same number of classrooms in portable buildings that a permanent high school would have, according to district officials. Additionally, the last new junior high school was built in 1993, 26 years ago. Therefore, it is time to make improvements in the school district as these buildings will not hold for much longer at maximum student capacity. As a part of the 10-Year Facility Master Plan, the Committee recommends that the MISD Board of Trustees call a Bond Election November 5th, 2019 summarized as follows: 

  • Construct Two New Comprehensive High Schools
  • Renovate/Expand Existing Lee High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing Midland High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing San Jacinto Junior High Site
  • Safety and Security Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Technology Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Select Capital Replacement at Secondary Campuses
  • Athletic / Site Improvements at Existing JH/Freshman Campuses

Fiscal Considerations

Residents may be concerned about how this will affect taxes during the duration of the bond. However, interest rates are predicted to be near record lows – 3% below the 60-year average – throughout the bond period. If the district waits, the additional interest could cost taxpayers an additional $150 million to $240 million.

However, the actual impact, when taxpayers consider the impact of the session, would not seem so much. The average $300,000 homeowner would have already had their taxes reduced by $210 per year when they began paying for the bond. Therefore, the difference in what each taxpayer is spending right now would be less than $100 per year.

“We have never had this opportunity, and we may never again. This is the most tax-friendly way possible,” said Ronnie Scott, a committee board member. 

Closing Remarks

By the time construction of the new buildings under the proposed bond are completed, it will have been over 60 years since Midland built a new comprehensive high school and over 30 years since it built a new comprehensive junior high/middle school. Once approved, it will take another five years to fully implement the attached plan. The longer we wait, the more seats we may need, and the greater the cost will be.

Six decades ago, Midland was positioned extraordinarily well for the future through school leader’s and the community’s vision, leadership, and courage. Similarly, MISD and a Committee of Citizens have come together to develop this thoughtful, coordinated plan based upon not wants, but needs that incorporate important taxpayer considerations.


We understand that passing this bond is only one step in many necessary steps to improving the district’s academic performance. Again, we are so excited about the opportunity for growth for our students and families and hope that you get informed, get involved, and most importantly, vote! We will be voting on if this proposal will be added to the November 5th, 2019 ballot at the upcoming school board meeting. This meeting will be held on Monday, August 19th at Bowie Fine Arts Elementary School, beginning at 4:00 pm and we hope to see you there.

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Program Highlight

By | Education, Events

Rope Youth- A Road to Redemption

Like many of the youth he works with, Rope Youth’s founder, Karl Baroski, had no father in his life. By the age of 5, his mother abandoned him, leaving him to cycle through foster homes for the rest of his adolescent life. Overcoming adversity as a troubled teen, Karl graduated high school and went on to play college football at Arkansas Tech University. Karl’s passion for working with at-risk youth began in college while working with the Boys and Girls Club and the Sunshine Boys center. Through his job with the Boy Scouts of America, Karl opened numerous outreach programs for kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be in scouts. In September 2010, Karl created the Project R.O.P.E. program to help first-time juvenile offenders. After a successful year and a half, Karl left the Boy Scouts to start Rope Youth and has since developed four programs: Project Rope, Grow, MENtor, and Propel. 

The Redirect Outdoor Program Experience (R.O.P.E.) provides juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court proceedings and offers a chance to accept responsibility and move forward in their lives. Through structured activities, this program aims to reduce the recidivism rate among offending youth and provide a positive activity for other at-risk youth. R.O.P.E. is for non-violent 11 to 17-year-old boys and girls. At least once a month the youth participate in a High Adventure activity, including horse-back riding, rappelling, caving, backpacking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and usually involves camping. 

GROW is an all-girl self-esteem program. All GROW members meet weekly during their school lunch hour with their mentor. GROW is centered around young girls exploring their strengths and special qualities that make each student unique as they can express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas without judgment. In addition to hanging out with other girls and their program mentor, students will learn to deal with stress, express anger, make good decisions, and protect their inner self. GROW girls participate in the community, have local sleepovers, and camping trips. GROW starts in the seventh grade and continues until graduation as their mentor follows them grade by grade and school by school. 


MENtor is an all-male weekly mentoring program that meets during lunch hour. Most of these young men were referrals to MENtor from teachers and guidance counselors as the majority have limited family support, live below the poverty line, and are being raised by a single parent or guardian. With these disadvantages, most of these students are behind academically. The best way to overcome these challenges is to build relationships with supportive and concerned adults. MENtor’s purpose is to provide a stable, trustworthy adult presence that the student may be lacking in their life. Starting in the seventh grade, the mentor will stay with the young man the entire school year and follow him through the rest of his academic career, providing emotional support, a positive self-image, and confidence to achieve academic goals. 


PROPEL is a six-week prevention program for children in fourth through sixth grade. These students will learn team building and leadership skills through fun group interactions and structured activities lead by a mentor. PROPEL has frequent guest speakers from the community, including C.E.O.’s, Administrators, Youth Leaders, Professional Counselors, and other non-profit partners that have been through relatable struggles and adversity. This program aims to address current issues that students may have before they become a problem in the future. Each week addresses a critical issue that today’s youth face: 

Week 1: Leadership/Team Building Activity

Week 2: Bullying

Week 3: Self Esteem/Team Building Activity

Week 4: Coping and Relationships

Week 5: Drugs and Alcohol

Week 6: Health and Wellness/Crossfit Activity

Outdoor Learning Environment- OLE! Texas Initiative

By | Education, Events

Exciting things are happening on the campus of Henderson Elementary! After zero citations from the State Licensing Inspection and an almost full staff, the Henderson Childcare Center is set to open their doors to children on August 1st! The Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE!) sounds too good to be true, and we are so grateful for the work being done in our community to support our most early learners and their families.

The OLE! Texas Initiative is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as an intervention strategy to combat obesity. Research conducted at the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) over the past 20 years has shown that a purposefully designed Outdoor Learning Environment can reduce sedentary behavior by as much as 22%. With the inclusion of on-site fruit and vegetable gardens, we can also increase food awareness and healthier choices in our youth. In Texas, slightly over 30% of children ages 2-4 are either obese or overweight, making the importance of childcare centers more prominent than ever. Childcare centers are a logical option to intervene in childhood obesity as approximately 9,000 successful centers are serving about 2.5 million kids in Texas. The NLI and other research strategies have shown that in addition to improving physical activity in the youth, being outdoors and in contact with nature can reduce the prevalence of myopia in children, reduce the effects of asthma and allergies, increase concentration and creativity, reduce stress, and provide support for other early childhood developmental domains.

From A Dream to Reality

With funding from DSHS and USDA, Midland ISD’s new Early Learning Center partnered with Texas Tech University to design the Outdoor Learning Center. Through workshops and meetings, our partners at Midland ISD, Texas Workforce Solutions, and Texas Tech University were able to take OLE! from a dream to a reality. If you are interested in building a childcare center in your local school district, here is a brief overview of how this process works: 

  •  First is the pre-workshop preparation, which involves scheduling times and meeting space, contacting stakeholders, preparing a base plan, and conducting a preference survey of teachers, parents, and at-time children.
  • This workshop is preceded by a public information session for stakeholders (teachers, parents, regulators, legislators, potential donors, and anyone who may have an interest in the project) usually the evening before or the morning of the workshop.
  • TTU faculty and facilitators then conduct the design workshop. This team is a combination of 10 – 12 individuals representing the administration, teachers, parents, inspectors, AgriLife extension, facilities, maintenance, and others who may be able to contribute. The process works to make everyone feel comfortable developing a design solution and seeks consensus among the participants. The workshop concludes with a reflection activity, action planning, prioritizing, brainstorming resources, and evaluations.
  • After the workshop, TTU then develops a final masterplan and presents it to the center and parents. The masterplan can then be used to build support for the project, inform the public and other childcare centers in the community, solicit funding, encourage volunteers, etc. It also serves as a guide for the continued development of construction documents for bidding purposes.
    • TTU also provides advice and technical support for the implementation of the masterplan, through either contracted services, volunteers, or both.

Thanks, ECAN!

In addition to creating a fabulous childcare center, this process assists in training designers so they can replicate the initiative using the same process, allowing us to impact more children by building more childcare centers across the United States. Again, we are so excited and proud of the efforts being made in our community to improve the opportunities for the youth. Thank you, especially to our Early Childhood Action Network for setting goals, the countless hours of breakout working groups and discussions, and your dedication to supporting every child from cradle to career. If you would like to get involved and be a part of future projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Family Fun Day – Save the Date

By | Education, Events

Family Fun Day – Save the Date

On August 10, 2019, The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin will hold their third Annual Family Fun Day. Mark your calendars for a day of free family fun, including music, games, face painting, petting zoo, jump zone and so much more! 

The Boys and Girls Club of the Permian Basin has hosted Family Fun Day for the past two years. Hosting the event alongside the Boys and Girls Club are The United Way of Midland County and UTPB’s early childhood education program, “First Five.” The event includes a large community school supply drive as a part of Family Fun Day to help under-privilaged children get a jumpstart on the upcoming school year. This year, Educate Midland is partnering with several local faith-based organizations to provide even more supplies for our children. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe and Father David Hererra, Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Ken Johnson, and First Baptist Church of Midland and Pastor Darin Wood expressed a desire to get their congregations involved in directly aiding the students of MISD and the Permian Basin. In the spirit of collaboration and Collective Impact, Educate Midland facilitated a partnership between the three churches and current event partners to further the success of the past two years.

This year’s goal is to provide 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for the children of the Permian Basin. Additionally, nearly a dozen other church bodies in the Permian Basin will join to sort and pack school supplies before the event, along with hundreds of other community volunteers. $85,000 has been raised through community and event partners in pursuit of this goal, and donations will continue to be accepted until the day of the event. 

Whether you donate your time, your resources, or join us for Family Fun Day, thank you for being an active member of our community, and for investing in our children. It takes big ideas, giving hearts and encouraging partnerships to bring communities together in the pursuit of change, and we can’t wait to see how our children benefit because of it.

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