Around The Bend December 2016
HOPE FOR THREE GIVES PARENTS A TIME OUT
You know it is a “win-win” for all when you not only have smiles and laughter coming from the children, but their parents. This was the case for more than a dozen families living with autism during a recent Parent’s Time Out (PTO). The event, held at the Sugar Land Family Church, was organized by the Hope For Three’s Teen Huddle and church volunteers. The three-hour-long gathering gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to relax, run errands, etc., while knowing their children are in a safe and loving environment.
Along with PTO, the Teen Huddle provides Sibling Sessions, a program that focuses solely on the siblings of children with autism. Here, teens encourage, mentor and give support to the siblings, as well as take them to various community outings. For registration or how you can learn about the many ways to volunteer, support or advocate for autism, call 281-245-0640 or visit hopeforthree.org.
FARMER’S MARKET AT MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL
In an effort to promote healthy eating and wellness among its employees, staff and throughout the community, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital recently began hosting a farmer’s market on campus.
“The whole thing started as a way to provide a convenient location for our staff and visitors to purchase fresh, seasonal, affordable produce,” says Roon Bergen, operations manager, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “So far the response has been wonderful and they just keep getting bigger each time we do them.”
Since its launch, the farmer’s market has expanded to include cooking demonstrations from the hospital’s executive chef, Duc Truong. Chef Truong works to create healthy recipes using the fresh produce available through the market. Bergen hopes the market will eventually expand to add more produce from local farmers in Fort Bend County.
The farmer’s market is open to the public. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is located at 17500 West Grand Parkway South, Sugar Land. For more information call 281-725-5000.
COUNTY JUDGE OBSERVES NATIONAL 4-H WEEK
During Commissioners Court, Oct. 4, Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert proclaimed Oct. 2-8 as National 4-H Week in Texas. Representatives from the 4-H group were present in court and brought cake to help celebrate the recognition.
4-H is the youth development program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that focuses on the needs, concerns and interests of youth. Its aim is to help youth gain a positive self-concept, rational social behavior, knowledge and problem-solving capabilities through planned individual projects, meetings, group activities and participation in different events. Members develop new skills, learn cooperation, develop leadership abilities, improve their citizenship and have fun.
This admirable program, which seeks to provide a learning experience for the whole child, including head, heart, hands and health (4-H), helps young Texans become self-directed, productive, and contributing members of society.
To learn more, visit agrilife.org/ftbend4h
FBISD SUPERINTENDENT REPRESENTS DISTRICT AT “STATE OF THE SCHOOLS” LUNCHEON
FBISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre, along with Dr. Thomas Randle, Superintendent of Lamar CISD and Dr. Robert Bostic, Superintendent of Stafford MSD, recently attended the ninth annual State of the Schools luncheon hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. The Superintendents addressed business and community leaders on issues in public education and shared their districts’ accomplishments.
To kick off the event, Jim Rice, FBISD board member and education division chairman of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, welcomed guests and recognized sponsors and elected officials. Stafford MSD presented the colors, three Jordan Elementary students led the pledges (Milana Racelis, Joshua Mumba and Randy Elizondo, Jr.), and a student from Lamar CISD sang the national anthem.
Dupre began his message by telling the audience “public education is strong in Fort Bend ISD.” He shared District recognitions, which include a five-star rating from Texas Smart Schools, and its debt management and budgeting efforts that have kept interest rates low – resulting in saving money for taxpayers.
FIRST ANNUAL ABIGAIL’S RACE FOR GRACE 5K AND FUN RUN
Abigail’s Place, a Fort Bend County centered charity, held its first annual Abigail’s Race for Grace 5K and Fun Run on Sept. 17 at the Cross Creek Ranch Welcome Center. Abigail’s Place is a nonprofit relief organization committed to supporting single mothers in the county by providing safe, transitional housing while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.
Abigail’s Race for Grace is a family-friendly event that helps raise both awareness and funding for the mission of Abigail’s Place. The event saw over 150 participants, and included a silent auction, family fun zone, as well as several local vendors. Prizes were handed out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners.
Lisa Shephard, Abigail’s Race for Grace chair and board member of Abigail’s Place said, “Abigail’s Race for Grace was such an incredible success! The support we received from our sponsors, vendors, and the community was a true blessing. With the success we experienced for our first race, we anticipate that next year will be even bigger.”
For more information on future events go to abigailsplace.org/events. For donor information, or to find out how you can work with the organization to serve the community, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around the Bend December 2016