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Velasquez’ Berdou a finalist in Excellence in Education

Pamela Berdou, center in glasses, poses with her family after being surprised in her classroom.

She was born to be in a classroom. That’s what Velasquez 5th-grade reading teacher Pamela Berdou said while explaining her path to being nominated as a finalist in the HEB 2014 Excellence in Education Awards program. The 24-year veteran – the daughter and granddaughter of teachers – is among one of only five teachers still […]

Fulshear wants Walmart to act responsibly


By Elsa Maxey There’s a new Walmart under development facing some opposition. It’s in the west part of Fort Bend County and seemingly in Fulshear, but it’s not. It’s in Houston’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) at the northeast corner of FM 1093 and FM 1463 near Fulshear, where other commercial development is also underway. “The […]

Hodges Bend MS joins campaign to “Block Out Violence” 

Eighth grade student Andy Doan was a walking bill board during the campaign.

To demonstrate their commitment to promoting non-violence, anti-bullying, and acceptance of others, students and staff at Hodges Bend Middle School are taking part in The D12 Foundation’s “Block Out Violence” campaign. Sponsored by Houston Rockets Player Dwight Howard, the campaign invites secondary schools to launch school-wide campaigns with the goal of creating safe campuses and […]

Old shoes making a difference

Volunteers – Amy Haussmann and Merce Willard-LaCosta with the collection box.

Shared Dreams is a Fort Bend ISD program that provides adequate clothing and toiletries to FBISD students. Last year, Shared Dreams assisted over 3,000 FBISD students. This year, Shared Dreams lost the vendor who donated 1,000 pairs of new shoes to the program, the director of Shared Dreams found a new way to raise funds […]

March for Meals for Fort Bend Seniors – Generations taking care of generations

Shown l-r back row are: Becky Neese (Assistant Director Christ Church School) Beth Carter (Director Christ Church School); Front Row l-r: Maddox Allen (Age 4), Ava Lynn (Age 6), Manuela Arroyos (CEO Fort Bend Seniors), Rylie Lynn (Age 6), Aaron Lynn (Arron 4).

The last official March for Meals celebration for Fort Bend Seniors in 2014 was hosted by Christ Church School in Sugar Land. All month long the children made donations toward March for Meals to help their teachers win a pizza party. They raised over $200, which will provide several meals to our seniors and their […]

FBJSL hosts Fort Bend Seniors Difference in a Day Tea Party

FBJSL members that helped with the FBJSL Tea include:   Back Row: L-R: Robin Alston, Marla Van Meter, Vanessa Vara, Robin Lourie, Leslie Schmitz, Leslie Piwowar, and Russelle Waldorf. Front Row: L-R: Katrina Sayes, Cindy Dempster, Heather Carroll and Stephanie Reilly.

In 2010, FBJSL initiated their Difference in a Day program (DIAD).  The DIAD program is a way for the FBJSL and its members to partner with organizations to help make a difference in the community in just a few short hours.  While the projects may be short-term, the difference is long-term.  DIAD organizes several projects […]

Rick Branek, fills Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator position

Rick Branek

Richard “Rick” Branek is joining Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels to fill their Volunteer Coordinator position. Rick has worked for a number of years recruiting volunteers and they are delighted to welcome him to the Fort Bend Seniors’ team. Rick comes highly recommended by many in the community for his amiable character and for […]

Fort Bend Junior Service League awards $3,000 to Fort Bend Lawyers Care

In the photo (l-r) are: Katherine Minter, FBJSL Beneficiary Review Committee member; Sharon Steckler, Fort Bend Lawyers Care Executive Director; Tasha Hernandez, Fort Bend Lawyers Care Interim Director of Programs & Services and Jana Baumann, FBJSL Beneficiary Review Committee member.

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) recently awarded a $3,000 Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grant to Fort Bend Lawyers Care. Fort Bend Lawyers Care (FBLC) was founded in 2006 by the Fort Bend County Bar Association to respond to the growing legal needs of our community’s low-income residents. Funding from FBJSL’s grant will be […]

Texana breaks ground on new facility

L to R:  Ron Ewer, Community Advisory Board Chair, Franco Albarran, Albarran Architects,  Beth Duncan, Manager IDD Crisis Stabilization Service, George Patterson, CEO, Dianne Wilson, Texana Board Chair, Bob Bass, Bass Construction and Kate Johnson-Patagoc, Director Specialized Services.

Texana Center broke ground last week on a new facility that will be home to the Intellectual & Developmental Disability (IDD) Crisis Stabilization Program. There are an increasing number of patients with a diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disability (i.e., autism, pervasive developmental disorder or mental retardation) who have a co-occurring serious and persistent mental […]

FBISD Board President Jim Rice attends program on community engagement

FBISD Board President Jim Rice

Jim Rice, Fort Bend ISD Board President, was among a group of school board members gathering in Corpus Christi, February 27-March 1, to learn the latest on 21st century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators. Session theme for this, the third of five training sessions of Leadership TASB (LTASB), was […]

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