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Socorro ISD Student Councils work to Raise Awareness for Organ Donations

In an effort to raise awareness and increase the number of organ donors within the state of Texas, student council organizations in the Socorro Independent School District partnered with Donate Life Texas to participate in “Dare to Dream. Dare to Do,” the annual Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) campaign to help the cause.

The statewide project will allow Team SISD student council groups to educate the community about the need for organ/tissue donations, and encourage them to register as donors. The goal is to make a difference by saving lives.

According to Donate Life America, 125,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants, and every 10 minutes another person is added to the list.

“A few weeks ago I met a lady who shared her story of battling cancer for more than ten years and how grateful she was for her lung and kidney transplant,” said Flor Dominguez, senior student at Socorro High School and the student council community service chair. “It wasn’t until I looked into her eyes that I fully understood the impact a donor can have.”

Each campus will strive to meet its goal of 200 registrations to have a collective total of more than 1,000 registrations. The schools will promote registrations at basketball games, school assemblies, parent nights and on their school websites.

“This is a unique project,” said Lorraine Varela, student activities director at Americas High School. “It’s teaching students the importance of giving back and true service, helping one another. We are extremely excited to be a part of such a large project that will essentially help save lives.”

To learn more about the “Dare to Dream. Dare to Do” initiative click HERE. Below are the links for the SISD school campaigns.

Americas High School

Eastlake High School

El Dorado High School

Montwood High School

Socorro High School

Pebble Hills High School

Chelsea Clinton applauds El Dorado High for Desert Trash-to-Art Project

Chelsea Clinton was welcomed by hundreds of students and the Mariachi Azteca band at El Dorado High School during her visit on Thursday.

Clinton visited the school and addressed two separate groups of students at the school as a grand prize in the Get Going Day project contest. The first group Clinton addressed comprised of more than 300 students, teachers and area partners that will be actively involved in the project.

The project, submitted by Art Teacher Candace Printz, is a collective movement by students at El Dorado High school and El Paso area partners and organizations to clean up a section of the Chihuahuan Desert and transform the trash into artwork.

Chelsea Clinton 018Artwork made from the trash would then be part of a traveling exhibit in El Paso and Juarez. An estimated $30,000 is needed to fund the project.

“One of the biggest impediments and barriers is an imagination gap, it’s often really hard for us to see how we might the changes that we want to make to imagine it and clearly you have already imagined it,” Clinton said to the students at El Dorado regarding their project.

“One of the things that really impressed me about your project was you were already closing imagination gap.”

The contest, sponsored by Barnes and Noble Bookstores, invited students in grades pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade to submit ideas that would improve their local communities. Contest winners would receive a visit from Chelsea Clinton.

Students and teachers could submit their ideas from Oct. 19, 2015 through Jan. 29, 2016 according to the Barnes and Noble website.

The project by the El Dorado High School students has five phases. Juniors Claudia Holton, Melanie Marentes; and seniors Laura Rivera, Alberto Santos, Jazmin Olivas and Evan Valdez-Gibson explained each phase to the audience, which comprised of the following:

 Phase 1: Adopt a portion of the Chihuahuan desert and clean it up.

 Phase 2: Wash, sort and count all the trash. Data will be collected so students can inform the community about how much trash and the types of trash are found in the desert and the harm it’s effect on the environment.

 Phase 3: Creation of the artwork from the trash.

 Phase 4: Local artists and environment services will provide the students with resources to help them understand the impact the trash has on animals, soil and plants in the desert. Local artists will teach the students how to transform the trash into fully functional art.

 Phase 5: The artwork becomes part of a traveling exhibit in El Paso and Juarez.

In order for the project to be successful the students need volunteers from the school, the community, supplies and donations. Partners in this project include the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition, the Humane Society of El Paso, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and several others businesses and organizations.

Clinton added that she was impressed in the student’s foresight to work with area partners. She encouraged the students to keep moving forward with their idea.

“I’m a big believer that the worst thing anyone will say is ‘no,’” Clinton said. “And you don’t know what they are going to say if you don’t ask. So I hope you will ask and ask and ask whether it’s for clothes, or gloves, or storage space or food, water or sunscreen.”

After Clinton shared words of congratulations and encouragement to the students, she took three questions from the audience. The questions ranged from her views on feminism, gender equality and events in her life that inspired her to work toward change.

Clinton spoke of the influence her grandmother had on her and the importance of education.

“When she was 13 she had to start working to support herself and she was a nanny in someone else’s home,” Clinton said. “And she was so proud of the fact that even though she had to work, she had employers that could provide a roof over her head and encouraged her to get educated.”

The importance of education was imprinted on her by her grandmother, Clinton said, but it wasn’t until she was 15 when she went with her mother to India, that she fully understood it’s impact.

“There are millions of kids that aren’t in school because there aren’t schools for them to go to, there are not teachers to teach them and there are no resources for them to use,” Clinton said.

After speaking to the first group, Clinton was escorted to the El Dorado gymnasium where she informed freshmen and sophomores about the Get Going Day Project and provided examples of other students across the country whose projects were featured on her website www.itsyourworld.com

Printz said she was inspired to enter the contest when she saw a yellow flyer featuring Clinton’s book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going.”

Then over spring break she received the email stating that she had won the grand prize, she thought it was a joke. “I thought someone that knew I had entered the contest somehow got into my email,” Printz said.

Printz then got in touch with Clinton’s representatives and asked if Clinton was in fact going to visit the school. “I wanted to make sure that the real Chelsea Clinton is coming, that it wasn’t a look a like or not someone that has the same name as her, and they said, ‘No, it’s really her.”

Clinton’s visit officially launched the beginning of the student’s environmental project. Recruitment of volunteers for the project will begin in July.

A safety meeting and the collection of trash will take place in August, September and October. Workshops are scheduled for November and December and the creation of the artwork is scheduled for January through March. The first exhibit is expected to be open in April.

Printz said they need venues to showcase the exhibit in El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez.

Clinton added that she will promote the ongoing project on her website in the hopes that it will continue to inspire other students and children to act as well.

Donations Needed – Source Socorro Independent School District.

 Donations of water and food for volunteer cleaning team.

 Monetary donations and sponsorships from local organizations and businesses.

 Sunscreen for the volunteers collecting the trash in the desert.

 Art supplies- mat boards, glue, string/ yarn, scissors, beads, paper, tape, paint, brushes, charcoal, etc.

 Building materials- wood, glass, power tools, saws, pliers, wire cutters, wire, tile, fencing, nails etc.

 Safety items- trash bags, gloves, masks, soap, scrubbers, storage containers, first aid kits, etc.

 Pedestals for the display of any sculptures.

 Vinyl letters for the wall for the exhibits.

 Printing of any or all the informational brochures, invitations, labels, Banners, and labels for the exhibits.

 Framing services for the completed art.

 A storage facility to house the collected useable material.

 Catering for our exhibit receptions.

 Exhibition spaces in El Paso, Las Cruces, New Mexico, & Juarez, Mexico.

For more information about how you can help with this project, you can contact Ms. Printz at 731-6271 or e-mail her at cprint@sisd.net

For more information on Clinton’s book or It’s Your World Project visit www.itsyourworld.com

El Dorado High School Announces a Visit by Chelsea Clinton

El Dorado High School wins Barnes & Noble’s national “Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton” contest for a unique community-focused project idea.

To celebrate the win, the school will receive a special visit from Chelsea Clinton on April 7. Chelsea will hear from the students and community groups involved in the project first, and will then speak to a larger group of students at a special assembly.

The school will also receive a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Led by art teacher Candace Printz, EDHS came up with an idea for a campaign to combat trash and pollution in the city. The proposed plan involves a partnership with community groups to help collect the trash and sort it. Once it’s sorted, students from the school will work with local artists to design and create their own individual art work out of the “junk.”

The best art pieces will then be displayed in local art galleries to highlight the project and instill a sense of pride in the city. As part of the proposed project, the artwork will also be available to buy with proceeds going to the community groups who helped collect the trash, including the Humane Society of El Paso, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The “Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton” contest was a partnership between Barnes & Noble and Penguin Random House, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! (Philomel Books), which helps motivate young readers to do what they can to make a difference in the world around them.    

 

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