NEWS Rodeo Houston surpasses $350 million in overall commitment to Texas students
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has reached another milestone — surpassing the $350 million mark in overall educational commitment to Texas students since 1932.
“For more than 80 years, the how has provided financial support for the youth of Texas in a remarkable way,” said Joel Cowley, president of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Reaching the more-than-$350-million mark in educational commitment is a great testament to the passion of this organization and its dedicated volunteer corps, which stands 28,000-plus strong — it truly is ‘The Show With a Heart.’”
After a record-breaking year in 2013, with more than 2.5 million people visiting the three-week event, the show is able to commit more than $23 million in support for the 2014 show season. This commitment is comprised of: scholarships to high school seniors, and college juniors and seniors who are current Show scholars; graduate assistantships for students at 11 different Texas universities; educational program grants for a variety of organizations; and support for Houston Livestock Show™ junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants.
The new educational commitment brings the show’s overall scholarship count for 2014 to 735, for a total of $12,418,000. This includes 615 four-year $18,000 scholarships for students all across the Houston area and throughout the state.
New for 2014, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is contributing to Comp-U-Dopt, Harris County Hospital District Foundation, Houston Area Women’s Center, Former Texas Rangers Foundation, Rise School of Houston, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston, Texas A&M University – Bush School of Government & Public Service, United Way and the YMCA of Greater Houston – Camp Cullen.
Additionally, the show will continue its support of the American Festival for the Arts, The Center for Hearing and Speech, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy, Small Steps Nurturing Center, Teach for America – Houston, Theatre Under the Stars and other local and statewide educational programs.
In 2013, the show committed funds to the Children’s Museum of Houston; Greater Houston Partnership – Opportunity Houston, UTHealth School of Nursing and Texas A&M University Equine Initiative. While these organizations are still being supported by the show through multi-year grants, the funds are not included in the 2014 educational commitment.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. The 2014 Show will run Tuesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 23For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.
NEWS Phillips 66 awards $1.5 million grant to Rice's School of Literacy and Culture
Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company, is awarding a $1.5 million grant over three years to Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project (SLC) to help improve literacy among children in the Houston area.
SLC, a part of Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and Phillips 66 are partnering to solve the problem of illiteracy among youths in the Houston area by developing the Early Literacy Leadership Academy. This new center for expert teaching will help teachers gain expertise as innovators who promote higher-order thinking skills, second-language learning and relationships that impact children’s self-regulation and autonomy.
The Early Literacy Leadership Academy will consist of 40 teachers identified through an intensive application and interview process; they will participate in two-and-a-half years of intensive classroom and seminar-based education and leadership training designed to help them become innovative thinkers, learners and leaders on their own campuses and within the Greater Houston community.
“We look forward to coupling Rice University’s long-standing tradition of excellence in education with Phillips 66’s commitment to community as we create this innovative forum for developing early childhood teacher leaders,” said Karen Capo, director of Rice’s School Literacy and Culture project. “Together we will think critically about educational practices serving our community’s children, teachers and families and explore ways to make them more effective.”
SLC marked its 25th anniversary at a celebration this evening at Rice Memorial Center's Grand Hall, 6100 Main St. The grant and creation of the Early Literacy Leadership Academy were recognized during the event.
“Phillips 66 is committed to improving lives through a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work,” said Karen Tripp, Phillips 66 vice president of communications and public affairs. “Through our partnership with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project, our efforts to support literacy will provide Houston-area teachers with the skills needed to develop the highly talented workforce of the future.”
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NEWS History of Houston Ballet subject of new documentary
The 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will present the world premiere of a new documentary on the rich five- decade history of Houston Ballet. The film, Houston Ballet: Breaking Boundaries, will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. An encore screening of the film will be held at Sundance Cinemas on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6:45 p.m.
Both screenings are free and open to the public. No advance tickets will be issued. Attendees should arrive at the venue 30 minutes prior to the screening for the best chance of being seated.
The 85-minute documentary chronicles the key themes of Houston Ballet’s history: the early impact of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930s and 1940s in inculcating a love of dance among Houstonians, the determination and perseverance of a handful of Houston’s founding families during the 1960s and 1970s, the making of legendary ballet stars through color-blind casting in the 1980s and 1990s, diplomatic struggles and international incidents, and exposure to the world’s best artistic talent.Add a comment Add a comment
NEWS Mayor proclaims 'Wear Purple Day'
Mayor Annise Parker has proclaimed October 25 as “Wear Purple Day” in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“I will join the Houston Area Women’s Center in its Wear Purple Day this Friday and encourage all Houstonians to wear purple with me,” said Mayor Parker. “Many victims of domestic violence remain silent because they are embarrassed to come forward. Please help bring awareness to this issue because there are more victims than we are able to count.”
The Houston Area Women’s Center has provided nearly 6,000 purple wrist bands for city employees to wear until the end of October. The bracelets are meant to be conversation starters. Employees are encouraged to post photos on Facebook and Twitter of themselves wearing them and to talk about why they’re wearing them with friends and neighbors. In addition, Houston City Hall will be lit purple through the weekend.
The Houston Police Department and non-profit organizations throughout the community offer preventative information and resources to help victims of domestic violence. According to the Houston Area Women’s Center, 74 percent of Texans are affected by domestic violence in some way.Add a comment Add a comment