September 9, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 3

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.  But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa

Good afternoon, 

In less than two months, the people of this country will be voting for the next president of the United States. It will probably be one of the most important elections of our time.  The November 8 ballot will list candidates for national, state, county, and local elections. It’s critical that all eligible voters are registered by the deadline of October 11.  And it’s even more important that all voters cast their ballots.  

In the meantime, the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts has organized a voters registration drive at our schools.  VMT School Principal Dr. Martha Villarreal is spearheading the efforts which began this week at Cigarroa High School, Bruni Elementary School, and the Garcia Early College High School.  Next week they will register voters at Martin and Nixon High Schools.  

The Texas Secretary of State Office reminds us that every high school principal—or his or her designee— should distribute voter registration cards to students who will be 18 years old and eligible to vote. Principals also collect voter registration cards and submit them to the county registrar. The Office of Communications has also been deputized and will register voters through October 11. Your vote count and it does make a difference.  Early voting begins on October 24, through November 4, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. 

I would like to congratulate Cigarroa High School football player Isaac Solis for being named the KGNS and Academy Sports Player of the Week.  Solis is a running back who rushed for 109 yards and scored two touchdowns last week when the Toros beat the Zapata High Hawks 20-16. Way to go, Isaac!

I am so proud of Garcia Early College High School student Kristina Martinez who was named a National Hispanic Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program by the College Board. Kristina earned this honor by scoring in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino “PSAT/NMSQT” test takers in their region. I am sure that this is one of many achievements to be earned by this bright young lady.

Laredo ISD is participating in two drives that will help you give back to the community.  The Women’s City Club’s annual Pennies for Tennies project kicked off with a luncheon this week.  Elementary schools are collecting donations which the WCC uses to purchase tennis shoes and reading glasses for our most underprivileged children.  Your spare change can go a long way in assisting students who need the most help.  

Also, the United Way of Laredo is in the midst of their annual campaign to benefit 23 local social agencies. United Way local agencies provide an array of programs and services for the people in our community. Among the agencies are Boys and Girls Clubs, Literacy Volunteers of Laredo, Communities in School, and Sacred Heart Children’s Home, just to mention a few.  Your donation improves the quality of life and perhaps even saves the life of someone who relies on these agencies.  With your support, there are no limits to what we can do to make Laredo a better place to live.  

This Sunday I will be reflecting on the tragic events of September 11, 2001, now known as 9-11.  Fifteen years ago, sinister forces attacked our nation which resulted in the death of 2,977 people including First Responders. During ceremonies at our schools, students and faculty remembered the victims, their families and the rescue personnel who lost their lives in these senseless acts. We pray our nation never has to suffer an attack like this ever again. 

God bless America.

Dr. Marcus Nelson 

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion.  For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” - T.D. Jakes 
“Si usted no puede averiguar su propósito, figure su pasión. La pasión lo llevará directamente a su propósito.”- T.D. Jakes
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