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Rainbow lanyards help LGBTQ students identify EPISD Allies

EPISD’s Counseling and Advising Department has a new colorful and vibrant way to show they are here to support all students in the District, including those who identify as members of the LGBTQ Community.

The department this week began distributing rainbow lanyards to counselors and other key personnel that have the words “EPISD ALLY” printed on them. The rainbow has long been a symbol of LGBTQ Pride.

“All students are at risk of being bullied, harassed or called names at school, but LGBTQ students can face particularly hostile and challenging school environments,” said Manuel Castruita, EPISD’s director of counseling and advising. “The rainbow lanyards show support for all of our students. It is one way to let students know that you are a safe person to talk to at any time.”

Castruita said national advising core beliefs for professional school counselors state that all students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual orientation and special needs are valued and considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program.

EPISD’s policy also states that the District will not discriminate in its educational programs or employment practices on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, citizenship, military status, disability, genetic information, gender stereotyping and perceived sexuality, or on any other basis prohibited by law.

Castruita said he has seen a positive response to the EPISD Ally lanyards among staff members and students.

“The lanyards are beautiful and they let our students know that we are here for all of them,” he said.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Gallery+Story: Students at Lincoln use LEGO Power to learn about renewable energy

A hands-on lesson in renewable energy gave 200 Lincoln Middle School sixth graders a chance to build windmills with LEGOs to learn more about harnessing wind power.

The project, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso, featured 70,000 LEGOs and architectural guidance by New Jersey-based Building Blocks Workshop. It was one of their three LEGO events in the city this week.

“The Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso wants to bring great programs and projects to share with the community,” Federation president Janet Wechter said. “This program was about wind power and what it does in state of Texas. It taught kids about wind power as a reliable, sustainable source of energy.”

The Lincoln students gathered at the Franklin Magnet gym to construct dozens of windmills then placed them on the map of Texas to show a representation of the state’s vast production of wind power.

“I think it was really cool how they taught us how to build stuff and how builds energy,” said sixth grader Gabriel Carrasco. “It gets your creativeness going and makes you think about the design.”

His fellow sixth grader Zakeria Davis hoped to impress the organizers of the event.

“It’s super exciting because we’re the first school in El Paso to have this,” she said. “We have to make a good impression so they come back next year.”

Lincoln was the second stop on Building Blocks visit to El Paso. On Sunday, the organization and volunteers constructed the world’s largest LEGO menorah that stood 13 feet tall once complete. The next stop in El Paso will be Vino Nuevo, an Eastside church, where they will build the City of Jerusalem with LEGOS Tuesday.

The Jewish Federation of El Paso sponsored the Building Blocks Workshop trip to El Paso, however, the overall project united volunteers and participants from different faiths to work together to build the LEGO structures over the three-day LEGO marathon.

“I had seen the program in New York and wanted them to bring it to El Paso,” said Robert French, Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso executive director. “Hopefully, the students learned something about wind energy but programs like this also allow us to share about each other. It is about turning around the hatred going on in the world and teaching tolerance and understanding.”

Author:  Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

El Paso ISD names permanent principal at Jefferson/Silva

El Paso ISD officials this week announced the appointment of Cynthia Luna as the permanent principal at Jefferson High School and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School.

Luna, who until recently served as assistant principal at Transmountain Early College High School, began her tenure at Jefferson/Silva this week.

“We are happy to have found a wonderful principal for Jefferson/Silva from among our ranks of administrators. EPISD is growing its talent of leaders from within which shows true dedication from our staff on behalf of our students,” said EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “Ms. Luna’s commitment for education will be a great fit for the students and community at Jefferson and Silva.”

Before coming to EPISD in 2016, Luna served as assistant principal at Puentes Middle School and Socorro High School, as well as the dean of instruction at El Dorado High School in the Socorro Independent School District.

She was a classroom English teacher at Del Valle High School in the Ysleta Independent School District.

A graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (bachelor’s of arts in English and American literature) and Sul Ross State University (master’s in education in school leadership), Luna is also an alumna of Jefferson High School.

Story by Gustavo Reveles – EPISD

Video+Gallery: Great Khalid Foundation surprises students at Whitaker with gifts

Christmas came early at Whitaker last week as elves from the Great Khalid Foundation surprised more than 400 students with gifts during a pep rally.

The entire student body ventured to the cafeteria just before the bell rang at the end of the day for the surprise visit from foundation and Khalid’s mother Linda Wolfe.

“We do this because we understand how special Christmas is to kids and that a lot of these kids won’t receive a gift,” Wolfe said. “We want to show our appreciate and love for El Paso.”

The foundation joined with Townsquare Media and Teacher’s Federal Credit Union to collect toys for the Christmas with Khalid Toy Drive.

“Not many schools get this opportunity, so it’s pretty exciting for our students,” said principal Antoinette Carpenter. “I want to thank the Great Khalid Foundation for selecting our school. We feel blessed and grateful for this opportunity.”

One by one each of the students lined up to receive their wrapped present from Wolfe and the Khalid foundation elves. They had direct orders not to peek or unwrap until all everyone had theirs.  And as the organizers’ counted to three, the unwrapping began with big smiles as students showed off their new toys.

“I’m excited and feel really special that the Khalid Foundation came to our school,” said student Avelina Fenstermacher. “I love Khalid. I love his music. I even went to one of his concerts. I really like him.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |   Photos by Leonel Monroy   |   Video by Angel Dominguez – EPISD

Gallery+Story: Rebote Rumble Tournament is first among schools in EPISD

Chapin High’s Erik Hernandez and Cesar Higadera last week took top honors at the Tag Team Rebote Rumble, the first inter-school tournament of its kind in the city.

Doubles teams from Chapin, Bowie and Jefferson high schools competed in the first Royal Rumble at Bowie High for rebote bragging rights – showcasing the not-so-well-known but highly-competitive sport known in English as wallball or handball.

“It was good competition,” Higadera said, holding his rebote trophy. “I’m so happy we got the win.”

Administrators have been using rebote tournaments and games at their campuses to boost attendance and build a rapport with the students who hang out at the courts at lunchtime and before school. The campuses have noticed an increase in attendance and decrease in referrals.

“Education starts with attendance, if they have a reason they will continue go,” said Marty Roland Lara, Bowie assistant principal. “We have all grade levels here. If we have an adult to check their grades and attendance, we can make sure they walk across the stage at graduation.”

Chapin assistant principal Jose Carlos, who had previously worked at Jefferson and conducted tournaments there, sees rebote competitions as a great motivator for his students.

“This has been an awesome thing for our kids,” Carlos said. “The rebote kids are the same culturally at all the schools. They don’t ask for much but they are very grateful for what we do for them. They’re humble kids.”

The lunchtime tournament united 16 teams or 32 players on the courts at Bowie. After teams were eliminated, they continued playing against each other on other courts for fun.

“It’s special to us,” Roland Lara said. “It shows we’re united. We are all one community.”

The passion for the game was evident at the competition as students fought hard for points and strategized against their opponents.

“People don’t think of it as a sport but you need skills to play,” said Hernandez. “We play with our love.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Gallery+Story: Students find inspiration in animals for new ‘Pets in Art’ exhibit

Art students of all grades looked to their backyards and couches for inspiration to put together a unique art exhibit called “Pets: Animals in Art.”

EPISD’s Fine Arts Department last week welcomed dozens of student artists from throughout the District during an opening reception at the EPISD Artspace and Gallery in Downtown El Paso.

The exhibit, which features visual arts with animals and pets, also served as a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. Art pieces from faculty members were auctioned with all proceeds benefiting the animal shelter.

“Our pets are such a wonderful source of passion and love that it only makes sense to have them be the source of inspiration for an exhibit,” said Rosa Aguilar, EPISD’s Visual Arts Coordinator. “The fact that we also get to help a worthwhile cause like the Animal Rescue League only makes this exhibit better.”

The art features tons of cats and dogs, but other animals like horses and fish also made strong appearances.

Austin High School senior Maricela Medrano said she combined her love for futuristic art to create a unique piece featuring foxes.

“I wanted to use every color in my palette,” she said. “I am happy with the result.”

For Barron Elementary fifth-grade student America Montes, the exhibit gave her a chance to honor her adopted pet dog, which she rarely gets to see.

“It’s a weenie dog who lives with my grandma so I don’t get to spend as much time with her as I want to,” she said. “Drawing this picture made me miss her less. She’s my friend.”

EPISD Van Goh teacher Kenneth Dore said his students found the topic of pets very appealing.

“The students brought their interest and their passion into the pieces they created,” he said. “I gave them markers, they started sketching and then just went from there. Their inspiration and influence took over.”

Story by Victoria Castillo  |  Photos by EPISD Fine Arts

El Paso ISD Council of PTAs celebrates 101st birthday

The EPISD Council of PTAs celebrated its 101st birthday during the General Delegation meeting Wednesday at the Professional Development Center.

“For over 100 years the EPISD Council of PTAs has helped develop a leadership pipeline to support our PTAs and promoted Texas PTA goals, membership, programs, and initiatives,” said council president Georgina Williams.

“This will be a great celebration to admire and remember the initiative and accomplishments the EPISD Council of PTAs has provided for the PTAs and schools in the El Paso Independent School District.”

The council provides support, guidance, inspiration and strength to the more than 44 campus PTAs across EPISD.

The EPISD Council of PTAs is part of Texas PTA, which recently celebrated its 110th birthday.


Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photo by Leonel Monroy  – EPISD

El Paso ISD gears up for holiday donation drive; List of drives, events released

The season of giving is upon us and the students and staff of the District are embracing the EPISD Proud Spirit by organizing a myriad of drives to benefit an array of groups in our community.

“EPISD Proud is a mantra that helps us showcase the best we have to offer as members of the EPISD Family,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “During the holidays, our students and teachers step up to the task of helping our community. We all should be proud of the work they do and the difference they’re making.”

Below is a list of drives being organized by EPISD campuses. The list will change as new drives are organized.

To help, please call the school and inquire how you can drop off donations.

  • MacArthur Intermediate
    • Motorcycle Toy Run on Dec. 6
    • Meal bins (ongoing)
    • Blanket drive to benefit the Animal Rescue League (ongoing)
    • PJ drive (ongoing)
  • Western Hills Elementary
    • Toy drive to benefit Child Crisis Center and Salvation Army, Dec. 4-18.
    • B-Warm blanket drive (ongoing)
  • Guerrero Elementary School
    • Sock drive to benefit Franklin High School efforts (ongoing)
    • Toy Drive to benefit Motorcycle Coalition (ongoing)
  • Brown Middle School
    • Pet supply drive to benefit Animal Rescue League (ongoing)
  • Zach White Elementary
    • Giving Tree (ongoing)
  • El Paso High School
    • FCCLA Toy Drive on Dec. 18.
    • Ronald McDonald House Do Good December Holiday Drive
    • Toy Drive benefiting students at Paul Moreno Elementary on Dec. 12
    • StuCo Christmas Tree Decorating and Toy Drive on Dec. 6.
    • Volleyball toy drive benefiting Andrews Toy Bo at Children’s Hospital (ongoing).
    • Girls Basketball food and blanket drive benefiting El Paso homeless shelters (ongoing)
    • StuCo gift-card drive benefiting homeless students on Dec. 11.
    • Tennis Team toy drive benefiting children in Juárez (ongoing)
    • FCCLA toiletry drive benefiting Annunciation House on Dec. 16.
  • Chapin High School
    • JROTC canned food drive (ongoing)
    • StuCo gifts for senior citizens (ongoing)
  • Herrera Elementary School
    • Canned food drive on Dec. 2-13.
  • Burges High School
    • Honoring Elders Drive through Dec. 13.
  • Mesita Elementary
    • Clothes, canned food and toiletries drive through Dec. 13.
  • Canyon Hills Middle
    • Coat drive (ongoing)
    • Giving Tree (ongoing)
  • Lincoln Middle
    • B Warm blanket drive (ongoing)
  • Tippin Elementary
    • B Warm blanket drive (ongoing)
    • Canned food drive through Dec. 19
  • Coronado and Franklin high schools
    • Annual Holiday Blessings Drive provides box of gifts and clothing to benefited school on Dec. 11. This year, the school is Travis Elementary.
  • Transmountain Early College
    • Clothes and jacket drive through Dec. 5.
    • Shoe drive (ongoing)
    • Toy drive through Dec. 11
  • Andress High School
    • Students will do Christmas caroling in the neighborhood in exchange for canned food on Dec. 11
    • Toiletry drive for military veterans drive through Dec. 6.
Story by Victoria Castillo and Gustavo Reveles – EPISD

El Paso ISD Holiday Card art contest winners announced

EPISD kicked off the holiday season Monday with the announcement of the winners of its annual District Holiday Card Art Contest.

More than 400 art students from throughout the District participated in the 2019-20 competition for a chance to have their work featured in the official EPISD card.

The winners were selected by a panel of art judges, who used strict criteria in their selection.

Winners were selected in three categories: elementary, middle and high school.  The winners receive the honor of having their art printed and promoted. Their art teacher and classroom also receive a $500 incentive for art supplies and other materials.

The winners in the high-school category are:

  • First Place: Romelo Rosario, Chapin High School. Art teacher: Ms. Parsons.
  • Second Place: Zion Lopez, Chapin. Art teacher: Ms. Valdez.
  • Third Place: Viviana Ramirez, Burges High School. Art teacher: Ms. Godinez.
  • Honorable Mention: Ana Montoya: Coronado High School. Art teacher: Ms. Millot.

The winners in the middle-school category are:

  • First Place: Isabella Cuellar, MacArthur Intermediate. Art teacher: Ms. Chavez.
  • Second Place: Cienna Shah, Young Women’s Academy. Art teacher: Ms. Pagliasotti.
  • Third Place: Jubilee Mendoza, Young Women’s Academy. Art teacher: Ms. Pagliasotti.
  • Honorable Mention: Rubi Sandoval, Brown Middle School. Art teacher: Ms. Pacheco.

The winners in the elementary-school category are:

  • First Place: Andrew Renee Saenz, Collins Elementary School. Art teacher: Ms. Freitas.
  • Second Place: Mia Salas, MacArthur. Art Teacher: Ms. Villagran.
  • Third Place: Aranxa Del Hierro, Zach White Elementary School. Art teacher: Ms. Guerrero.
  • Honorable Mention: Arianney Carreon, Coldwell Elementary School. Art teacher: Mr. Morales.

All entries in this year’s contest will be displayed in the Education Center Boeing lobby starting December 9th.

First Place: Andrew Renee Saenz, Collins Elementary School. Art teacher: Ms. Freitas.
First Place: Isabella Cuellar, MacArthur Intermediate. Art teacher: Ms. Chavez.
First Place: Romelo Rosario, Chapin High School. Art teacher: Ms. Parsons.
Story by Gustavo Reveles – EPISD

Happy Feet: Richardson student organizes sock drive for the homeless

Sixth-grader Evan Lopez – thankful and mindful of his good fortune – hopes to bring warmth to homeless in the community this holiday season by giving them socks.

“Socks are the most needed item for human beings but the least donated to homeless shelters,” Evan said. “When people think of wearing things, they think of shirts or pants or shorts but not socks.”

Evan initiated a sock drive two years ago as a fourth-grader at Nixon Elementary and has continued this holiday tradition now that he’s a student at Richardson. The drive this year, however, also includes his former elementary school.

He’s collected hundreds of socks this month at both campuses and plans to deliver them in December.

“I noticed how lucky I was to have food, socks, my dad, my mom and my brother and sister,” he said. “My brother is a conservationist and he helps with wild animals. I thought if he could do that, I could do something, too.”

The selfless act is among the tenants of Richardson’s new Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme, but principal Ragen Chappell said Evan’s thoughtfulness goes beyond the social-awareness requirements of the program. His philanthropy, she says, is a family tradition.

“We have a wonderful community that includes our amazing students and parents. The parents support the students in their endeavors to give back to the public,” Chappell said. “Evan’s family is a special family. They always wanted to do more for everyone.”

Evan’s dad, Richardson librarian Victor Lopez, has helped his son collect socks outside the library but credits Evan for the idea and its success.

“Evan is a kind soul,” Lopez said. “He has always been concerned with those that are less fortunate. This drive is an example of how he lives every day.’

The sock drive continues through Dec. 6 and both Chappell and Evan hope to see hundreds of additional pairs in the donation box. People interested in donating socks can drop off new and clean pairs at Richardson, 1350 Loma Franklin Dr., or Nixon, 11141 Loma Roja Dr.

“It makes me happy as a principal to see a student do this,” Chappell said. “But I’m even happier as a person because it shows we have good people in this world.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photo by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Hiring Heroes: EPISD gives soldiers valuable work experience

Fort Bliss soldier Minwoo Wang spent the last 12 weeks in EPISD learning the civilian side of cybersecurity while sharing his military experience and knowledge with the district’s technology team.

Sgt. Wang, who is set to leave the U.S. Army in January, was part of the 12-week partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program to El Paso.  The program helps soldiers get training in hopes of preparing troops to transition into the civilian workforce.

For Wang, the lessons he learned as a fellow in EPISD were invaluable. The skills he gathered helped him land a tech job in southern California.

“I came in as an information system security administrator and in the last 12 weeks, I’ve been trying my best to come up with solutions to help the school district and students to be safe in cyberspace,” Wang said.

EPISD information security officer Damon Pinero jumped at the opportunity to bring on a fellow from the Hiring Our Heroes program. A former soldier, Pinero knows the value of bringing a soldier into the workplace.

“Bringing someone else from the military allowed my current team to get some aspects of the military side, which is very structured and policy-driven,” Pinero said. “They get to see more so where I came from so they could see where the things I say we’re coming from a good place.”

When Wang initially began at EPISD, Pinero had him working with network security.

“I further exposure realized he was a very good program scripter so I moved him over to application security,” Pinero said. “We’ve had him develop some processes and assist with engineering some applications.”

IT wasn’t Wang’s job in the military, but it’s the career path the 24-year-old now wants to follow. Still, his role as an Army logistician gave him some tools to transition into the civilian world.

“This was a huge change for me,” Wang said. “I was always that IT guy in my family and I’ve studied all the IT certifications and my degree is in IT,” he said. “The experience from the military helped with being disciplined and how to interact with other people.”

EPISD was one of the first to partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the program. Since EPISD began working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in 2016, six soldiers have benefitted from working alongside professionals in the District professionals.

“EPISD has always been a strong partner with Fort Bliss in support of our military students and we want to do more for the service members themselves as they transition from the military,” said Alan Weirnicki, EPISD chief quality officer and military liaison. “The Hiring Our Heroes Fellowship program benefits the soldier by allowing them to start their civilian job search, develop their skills and showcase their value to potential employers while they are still on active duty.”

EPISD expects to continue the partnership and accepting more fellows into professional workspaces throughout the district.

“The program better connects our employees with veterans while we benefit from their skills and years of demonstrated leadership,” Weirnicki said. “This is a tremendous program that benefits our veterans, our school district and the entire El Paso community.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photo by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Video+Gallery+Story: Magoffin students join cup stacking world-record attempt

Magoffin students on Thursday raced to stack cups three by three to join with other students around the globe seeking to break a world speed stacking record.

The students enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club after school program, took part in the Guinness World Record Day to help collectively stack more than 635,000 cups on one day. Verifications are continuing to come in but the Magoffin students spent more than 30 minutes doing stacking relays for their part in the world record attempt.

“I like to challenge myself to stack them faster and faster,” said sixth-grader David Loya. “It’s a fun thing that a bunch of kids from all over the world gets to join in.”

Cup stacking actually began more than 20 years ago by a physical education coach who created the activity for his students during inclement weather. The sport has since grown giving students of all speeds and dexterity opportunities to participate with a variety of sizes of cups.

At Magoffin, the after-school students have been busy practicing in anticipation of Thursday’s big event.

“The kids have started slow and are starting to increase their speed,” said Fernando Castro, site coordinator for Magoffin’s Boys and Girls Club program. “It helps with their thinking and hand-eye coordination.”

Sixth-grader Andre Leyva enjoys rush stacking as fast as possible.

“I feel like I’m in an action movie,” he said. “It’s intense.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy |  Boomerang video by Victoria Castillo/EPISD

Video+Gallery+Story: EPISD comes together to show love of reading

The Tom Lea Bulls helped EPISD kick off its annual Read Across the District celebration Friday morning with the Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter.

The sixth annual event encourages a lifelong love of reading by bringing community members into the classrooms to read to students for 30 minutes.

Festivities started with Michael Phillips, EPISD’s executive director of 21st Century Learning, who challenged students to read beyond the classroom while wearing a Hogwarts robe and Gryffindor scarf.

“Reading can take you places,” he told the students. “You can discover new things, travel and explore when you read.”

Soldiers joined cheerleaders, band members and the mascot from Andress High School to kick off the event, also known as  RAD. Once the clock struck 10 a.m., students and volunteer readers headed for their classrooms to read together.

“To me, as a librarian, RAD is about sharing our love of reading,” said Tom Lea librarian Lisa Gailey, dressed as the Cat in the Hat. “We drop everything for about 30 minutes and show the importance of reading, the fun of reading and how it can improve us even as adults.”

RAD celebrations throughout the district were varied but equally motivating and celebratory. Students, parents, news anchors, local sports stars and other celebrities were invited guests at reading events throughout EPISD.

Tom Lea invited soldiers to join them at today’s festivities. In a touching turn of events, the students actually read aloud poems to the soldier thanking them for their support and service on this Veterans Day weekend.

“I think it’s nice of them to come to read,” said fifth grader Jasmine Alonso. “It helps children learn more in a fun way and veterans are spending some of their own time to read to us.”

Her favorite books: the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

“When I read books, I feel happy and think maybe I can write books like that one day,” she said.

EPISD began RAD in 2014 combining the literacy initiative with district goals to engage the community. Campuses throughout EPISD drew civic leaders, business partners, celebrity readers and other volunteers to their schools to read to students. Older students picked up their digital devices or paperbacks to read for pure enjoyment during the half-hour event. This year, parents were encouraged to join their children at school to read.

“RAD is a day that students get to see how much adults enjoy reading,” Phillips said. “It fosters a lifelong love of reading.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  |  Video by Angel Dominguez – EPISD

Gallery+Story: Championship-bound Locos visit Hughey Elementary

El Paso Locomotive FC players Monday showed several Hughey Eagles some of the signature moves that earned them a berth to the United Soccer League’s Western Conference Final.

Aaron Gomez, Memo Diaz and Moses Makinde were among the Locos playing soccer with the kids. Gomez’s son was among the second graders participating.

“It’s been fun to do these type of events for the kids,” said Diaz, a native El Pasoan. “We’ve gone to other schools and it’s always a good time with the kids.”

They plan to continue visiting EPISD schools to promote soccer.

The Locos will travel to Salt Lake City Saturday to face Real Monarchs in the Western Conference Final.

Good luck Locos!

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

CREEED Funds $100K in Scholarships for EPISD Teachers

Monday morning, officials with the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) presented the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) with a $100,000 grant to help more students graduate from high school prepared to thrive in college.

The funding will support scholarships for 50 EPISD teachers as part of CREEED’s Accelerated Certification of Teachers (ACT El Paso) scholarship program.

The initiative helps high school teachers complete master’s degree programs in their subject areas, enabling them to be certified to teach dual-credit courses throughout EPISD.

“This initiative aligns with our efforts to invest in teacher development, as well as our goal to set up more students for success in college, said Richard A. Castro, Chairman of CREEED.  “Students who take dual credit classes can save time towards earning their college degrees and ultimately save money, lifting that financial burden off themselves and their families.”

The $100,000 awarded to EPISD supports nearly five times as many EPISD teachers as their previous grant in 2017.

“You know the expression about teaching someone to fish? This is even better — it’s teaching someone to teach others how to fish,” said EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera, “Thanks to CREEED’s generous grant, this year we will be able to support 50 of our teachers who are studying to become certified in dual credit courses. Those 50 teachers will then help hundreds of students earn college credit while they are still in high school.”

“Our commitment to increase the number of students in our community who are successfully pursuing and obtaining a college degree or credential is reflected in everything we do at CREEED,” said Executive Director Eddie Rodriguez, “We recognize the barriers students in our region are facing and that’s why we are going to continue to invest our resources into initiatives and best practices that lead to better outcomes for students.”

The ACT El Paso scholarship fund has supported 365 area teachers since 2015, if those teachers successfully complete the credentialing process, there would be double the number of teachers and dual credit courses that are being offered to our eligible student population.

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