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Holiday Giving in Midland

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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 cispb.org/connect/donate

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 casawtx.org/how-to-help

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 basinkids.org/payments-donations

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 juniorachievement.org 

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 bbbspermianbasin.org

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 311ministries.org  

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 educatemidland.org/mission

Beacon Awards 2019

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Educate Midland is honored to have been chosen as one of the recipients for the 2019 Beacon Awards! The Beacon Awards are designed to honor excellence in Permian Basin nonprofit organizations by recognizing volunteers and staff of the local nonprofit sector. In addition to the award, the nominating organization will receive $1,000.

ReInvent: Choose to Succeed

ReInvent: Choose to Succeed is a transformative program for teen students who may have started down a less than desirable life path. With healthy mentoring, these individuals can redirect and build a future full of possibilities and potential. ReInvent at Viola M. Coleman High School, an alternative school provides students with the opportunity to recover course credits and accelerate learning in a supportive and self-paced environment. 

Excellence in Collaboration

Educate Midland is proud of its role in bringing ReInvent to life in the community. This program is a unique collaborative effort of Educate Midland, Agape Counseling Services of West Texas, Midland Health, Midland Independent School District, United Way of Midland, and University of Texas Permian Basin. 

Each organization involved played a huge role in creating ReInvent: Choose to Succeed, and receiving the Excellence In Collaboration Award for our group effort is a great example to the community that collaboration can multiply the impact. 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Through our partnership with Agape Counseling, Educate Midland was able to contribute outcome reporting based on our existing relationship with Midland ISD and United Way. Working collaboratively with other local nonprofits to create a program to help the youth of this community is always the focus of Educate Midland. Our mutual goal to assist as many students as possible, from cradle to career, will continue to be Educate Midland’s passion as well as the many other academic nonprofits in our community.

Citizens Committee Bond Proposal 2019

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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.

VOTE!

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

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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

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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 info@educatemidland.org.

Family Fun Day – Save the Date

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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.

Sir Ken Robinson

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Sir Ken Robinson

Through the Education Impact Speaker Series, Educate Midland, along with our community partners, strives to bring exciting, inspirational and educational speakers to the Midland Community. Tuesday, August 15, we are excited to be hosting Sir Ken Robinson, one of the foremost speakers and thinkers in the fields of creativity and innovation in education. Read about him below and join us August 15 by registering online. http://educatemidland.org/impact-series/

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