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Christmas Season starts in Jacinto City

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Tradition of Parade, Music, Santa & Tree Lighting

THE CHRISTMAS SEASON opened last Saturday, in Jacinto City, with the Annual Christmas Parade down Market Street, ending at the TownCenter. Prominent in the Parade was Santa Claus, riding on a Jacinto City fire truck. Heading the Parade was a float with city officials, Congressman Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee.

About 25 units were in the Parade, and prizes were awarded by the three judges. Awards were: Most Beautiful, Chica’s Revolution Zumba; Most Original, Jacinto City Elementary; Best Marching/Walking, Scroggins Toe-Tappers; Mayor’s Choice, North Channel Martial Arts; and Honorable Mention, Galena Park Jacketeers.

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Hundreds watched the parade on Market Street, and then assembled at the TownCenter for the program. Trophies were awarded at this ceremony, and music was provided by the Roger Matheny Family, and performed by Councilman Allen Lee and the Jacinto City Elementary Honor Choir. Santa was present in the Gazebo to greet and hear children’s wishes, and the finale was the lighting of the Tree.

MORE PHOTOS IN NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE NORTH CHANNEL STAR

Harris County Sheriff’s Office elves deliver toys to abused children

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Santa, Mrs. Claus and the HCSO elves made a stop at the Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) past Friday, December 5 to deliver a truck-load of toys to abused children. The toys were delivered this morning in an 18-wheeler preceded by a caravan with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Sheriff Garcia, the HCSO Mounted Patrol, and other members of the Sheriff’s Office. Now in its 20th year, the HCSO’s annual toy delivery has granted Christmas toy wishes to thousands of clients of the Children’s Assessment Center. The toys are destined for clients of the CAC, whose mission is to provide a professional, compassionate, and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.

AT THE WHITE HOUSE: San Jacinto College commits to expand college access

San Jacinto College System Chancellor Brenda Hellyer attended the summit, and committed to increasing the graduation rate.

San Jacinto College System Chancellor Brenda Hellyer attended the summit, and committed to increasing the graduation rate.

PASADENA, Texas December 4, 2014 – Today in Washington, D.C., San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, will join President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college degree attainment.

Making sure students complete what they started has always been a priority for San Jacinto College, and participation in today’s White House Summit will build on existing initiatives and efforts already in place to promote completing a college degree. Among those initiatives are Intentional Connections, College Success Interventions, Men of Honor and Women of Integrity, Acceleration in Mathematics (AIM), student success courses and faculty advising attached to the course, and an integrated reading and writing program.

“Student success is at the core of every decision and action we take at San Jacinto College,” said Dr. Hellyer. “We want our students to complete their associate degree, and our success initiatives are helping them do that. When our students succeed, we succeed. An associate degree provides our students the opportunity to transfer to a four-year university, or enter the workforce with the skills they need to start a meaningful career. This is the focus of our entire College, from the Board of Trustees and throughout the College.”

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Houston Texans Foundation donates to local school district

De Zavala Elementary teachers Andrea Marquez, Justin Jackson and Monica Coody accepted a $10,000 grant donation on behalf of the school from the Houston Texans Foundation before a recent game at NRG Stadium. The funds will go toward new playground equipment for the campus.

De Zavala Elementary teachers Andrea Marquez, Justin Jackson and Monica Coody accepted a $10,000 grant donation on behalf of the school from the Houston Texans Foundation before a recent game at NRG Stadium. The funds will go toward new playground equipment for the campus.

Houston Texans Foundation donates $10,000 toward new playground equipment at De Zavala.

Houston Texans Foundation recently brought smiles to the faces of happy children at staff members at De Zavala Elementary School.

Before the kickoff of Houston’s home game against Tennessee at NRG Stadium on Nov. 30, representatives from the Texans presented the school with a $10,000 grant through the National Football League’s Play 60 program.

De Zavala teachers Andrea Marquez, Justin Jackson and Monica Coody had submitted their grant request to the Texans Foundation earlier this year.

Funds from the grant will be used for new playground equipment for the campus. Representatives from the Texans, as well as De Zavala students and staff will formally dedicate the playground site later this spring.