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Katy Chamber Holds November Ribbon Cuttings

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30, 2010

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of November, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Brookwood Store and Café, 1752 FM 1489; Art Montage, 2501 S. Mason Rd., Ste. 240; First Community Credit Union, 25675 Nelson Way (in HEB); HiDefinition Electronics, 3130 N. Fry Rd.; and Outback Steakhouse, 20455 Katy Fwy.

Brookwood Store and Cafe

Art Montage Center

First Community Credit Union

HiDefinition Electronics

Outback Steakhouse

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Katy ISD Bond Sale Scheduled for Dec. 1-2

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30, 2010

Katy ISD community members will have an opportunity to purchase Katy ISD bonds Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2, as the first bonds are sold from the $459 million bond authorization that was approved by voters this past November.

A total of $204,855,000 in bonds will be sold in $5,000 denominations including $43,705,000 in Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2010-C; $155,000,000 in Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2010-D (Build America Bonds – Direct Payment to Issuer); and $6,150,000 in Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2010-E.

Bonds will be guaranteed by The Permanent School Fund of Texas and as such, the Expected Ratings for the bonds are Aaa (PSF Insured)/Aa2 (Underlying) by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., and AAA (PSF Insured)/AA (Underlying) by Standard & Poor’s.

Those wanting to invest in Katy ISD bond should read the entire Preliminary Official Statement prior to making any investment decisions with regard to this issue. For a more complete description of the bonds please contact the undersigned and request a copy of the Preliminary Official Statement. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cinco Ranch Cougar Stars to host Holiday Parade of Homes

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29, 2010

The Cinco Ranch Cougar Stars will host their 7th Annual Holiday Parade of Homes December 2-3. Katy residents can tour six area homes that are sure to dazzle and get you in the Christmas spirit. Tickets are $12 and are available through Cougar Star members or at the following retailers: Beau Kisses, Hauerlands, Juliegh Holley School of Dance and YaYa Club. For questions, contact Linda Leiby at 281-578-9648. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

The Cinco Rach Cougar Stars invite to public to attend their 7th Annual Holiday Parade of Homes tour Dec. 2-3.

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Katy Educator Named Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29, 2010

Rovanna Luther, Katy Junior High ESOL teacher, was recently named Texas Region IV TESOL Middle School Teacher of the Year.  The winners were nominated by their peers for demonstrating commitment to excellence in teaching, professional growth and collaboration with fellow educators.  They are also nominated for being innovative, enthusiastic, creative, inspiring, and caring educators in the class room.   Luther was recognized at the Texas TESOL conference in late October. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Rovanna Luther

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Albion Hurricanes Football Club makes donation to Katy Youth Soccer Club

As part of their continued involvement with recreational soccer, Albion Hurricanes Football Club (AHFC) is pleased to announce the donation of $10,000 to Katy Youth Soccer Club (KYSC) for field improvements and park infrastructure. AHFC is the competitive branch of KYSC and they lease fields at Katy Park.

In addition to this financial contribution, AHFC offers skills training to KYSC players throughout the year on Friday nights. AHFC Boys and Girls directors Brian Haynes and Ivan Ruddle also offer coaching sessions for U8 during the week as part of our community outreach program.

“Our relationship with KYSC is one of the major cornerstones of AHFC’s success. Anytime we can give back to the recreational program and help promote the game of soccer we are thrilled to help,” says Player Development Director Dylan Glad.

AHFC is holding open tryouts to the public the week of December 6-9, and details can be found at albionhurricanes.org. All youth soccer players are encouraged to attend. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Albion Hurricanes Football Club recently made a $10,000 donation to Katy Youth Soccer Club.

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Cinco Ranch Varsity Gold Wins Fall Tournament

The Cinco Ranch boys varsity golf team won first place recently at the Taylor High School Fall Classic. The golf tournament took place at River Ridge Gold Club in Sealy. Eleven boys teams, seven girls teams and 10 individual players competed in the tournament. In addition, team member Scott Newell took home the first place individual medal for his 74-75, 149 total. Mayde Creek’s Nick Pierce took second place with a 151 and Ben Steinle of Fort Bend Travis took third with a 152. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Cinco Ranch boys varsity golf team took first place at the Taylor High School Fall Classic.

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HIMSS Analytics Honors Memorial Hermann in Katy with Stage 6 Recognition

Katy Texas News
Posted November 23, 2010

HIMSS Analytics announced that Memorial Hermann Healthcare System hospital in Katy, along with their Sugar Land and Southeast locations, achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM). As the largest nonprofit healthcare system in Texas, Memorial Hermann supports a 5,000 member clinical staff and treats more than 1.4 million patients annually.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Stage 6 hospitals

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
  • Are either starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area.
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment
  • Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.

Stage 6 hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Memorial Hermann for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” says John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president of organizational services for HIMSS.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 150 U.S. hospitals have reached to date.”

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Force Takes 2nd Place in Softball Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted November 23, 2010

Congratulations to the 10U Katy Force, who took second place in a one-day tournament in Sugar Land this past weekend. The team was undefeated in five straight games, beating out SK Impact to make it to championship game against Gulf Coast Explosion. The girls battled against Gulf Coast Explosion, went into two ITB (overtime) innings, and lost 7-6, but they still earned second place rankings. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Force placed second in a softball tournament over the weekend.

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Children’s Author Kate Klise visits Hayes Elementary School

Katy Texas News
Posted November 23, 2010

Children’s book author Kate Klise recently visited Hayes Elementary students. During her visit, she gave students tips to writing a good story, such as “one character + one problem + one journey = story,” was advice easy for students to remember. Kate has written several children’s books including “Stand Straight,” “Ella Kate” and “Regarding the Fountain.” Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Students at Hayes Elementary School visit with children's author Kate Klise.

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Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks-off 9th Annual Food for Families Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted November 22, 2010

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education is working on spreading holiday cheer this season through its annual Food for Families campaign that helps provide a little support to Katy ISD families in need.  The goal this year is to raise $10,000 – enough to provide one meal to 200 families.

“We initially launched Food for Families as a means for Katy ISD administrators to offer tangible support for district students in need,” said Janet Theis, Katy ISD Partners in Education Specialist.  “Last year, we extended our outreach to Katy community members and businesses as this is a great way to directly impact the holidays of families right here in Katy ISD.”

The cost to feed one family has increased to $50 from $35. Last year, Food for Families collected $7,800 and fed more than 200 families. The cost to feed the same amount of families is now approximately $10,000.

Those interested in participating may drop-off cash or check donations by Friday, Dec. 3. Donations will be accepted in the Partners in Education office, ESC Room 1460.  Please make checks payable to Katy ISD/Food for Families.

Families receiving assistance are nominated by their home campus with every Katy ISD campus participating.  For more information, contact Partners in Education at 281-396-2461. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Local Residents Compete in Katy Triathlon at Firethorne

Katy Texas News
Posted on November 19, 2010

Three cheers are in order for the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, its more than 900 runners, swimmers and cyclists, as well as hundreds of well-wishing fans, volunteers, and sponsors. The event raised $30,000 to benefit the Katy Rotary Fund. The Rotary Club of Katy, race sponsor, raises funds to support local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in the Katy ISD attendance area.

In spring 2010, the Katy Rotarians funded 14 $1,500 college scholarships to graduating seniors from the district’s six high schools, as well as supported other deserving charitable projects. Rotary Interact Clubs from Katy High School and Katy Taylor High School, Boy Scout Troop 584, and Katy VFW Post 9182 provided volunteer support for the race.

Triathletes ranged in age from 8 to 72. Participants came from the Houston area as well as out of state from Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan and California. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned racewas held in and around Firethorne, a 1,400-acre Katy/Fulshear residential community.

The event is the third largest co-ed triathlon in Texas. Individual athletes as well as relay teams competed in a 500-meter swim around Lake Firethorne, a 16-mile bike race and a three-mile run through Firethorne. For race winners, visit firethorne.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Competitors swim in Lake Firethorne.

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Taylor High School Completes 2nd Annual Big Feast

Katy Texas News
Posted November 17, 2010

Taylor High School completed their 2nd Annual Big Feast. Taylor Student Council sponsors this annual ‘food drive’ and asks students to donate money to purchase holiday meals for needy families in the area.

This year, with the help of John Eagle Honda, Taylor High School raised $4,500 which will allow more than 200 families in the Katy area to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal from Black Eye Pea. Taylor Student Council also plans to purchase $2,500 worth of presents for 25 children the school adopted through Santa Cops, a program sponsored by the Katy ISD Police Department.

Taylor High School's Big Feast raised enough money to feed more than 200 needy families in Katy this Thanksgiving.

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Katy residents hold “I Love Lucy” walk

On Saturday, November 6 150 walkers gathered in the Grayson Lakes Community in support of 3-year-old Lucille Lorraine Schuler.  All dressed in pink “I Love Lucy” T-shirts, each walker came out in support of Lucy, who has been battling leukemia since being diagnosed in April 2010.

The “I Love Lucy” 5K walk was organized by Lucy’s aunt and uncle, Nicole Istre and Tom Voss, and was made successful by friends and family volunteers who posted signs along the course; the Willowfork Fire Department who positioned a fire engine at the start of the 5K in support; people unable to attend, but who registered in support; Girl Scouts who manned water stops along the route; Boy Scouts who took down the signs after the event; a local HEB store that donated bottles of water and snacks; and a local Fuddruckers that offered to donate a percentage of profits from their lunch sales to Lucy and her family.

Friends and family participated in a 5K walk for Lucy Schuler, right, who was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2010.

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Texas Children’s West Campus Holds Preview for Donors

VIP donors recently gathered for a preview breakfast of the soon-to-open outpatient clinic building at the new Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus (I-10 & Barker Cypress), Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. Loyal supporters were invited for a “sneak peek” tour to see how Texas Children’s has integrated its best practices in pediatric treatment with a bright, welcoming, family-friendly environment. The outpatient clinic is scheduled to open this December offering a comprehensive array of sub-specialties and, in spring 2011, the pediatric emergency center and hospital services will open.

After brief remarks from Katherine Go, a 12-year old who suffers from Turner syndrome, her mother, Margaret Go, spoke about the extraordinary role Texas Children’s Hospital has played in helping Katherine overcome the effects of this rare genetic disease. Pictured with the Go family is Dr. Charles Hankins.

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Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary names September, October “Outbackers”

Katy Texas News
Posted November 12, 2010

“Outbacker of the Month” is the most prestigious award students, staff members, volunteers and Partners in Education can earn at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School. Outbackers exhibit “Koalaty” character, always lend a helping hand, always have a smile on their face and serve as a role model as well as go above and beyond to make OKE an exemplary school.

September Outbackers:
Katie Head, kindergarten; Tyler Brownlee, first grade; Samantha Lucas, second grade; Marissa Stovall, third grade; Brandon Yan, fourth grade; Hannah Kim, fifth grade; Rosanne Robins, staff; and Traci Faulk, volunteer. 

October Outbackers:
Luke Rager and Riley Anne Quarles, kindergarten; Callie Leavell, first grade; Grayson Heilman, second grade; Julia Nicholson, third grade; Jake Adamson, fourth grade; Amanda Watson, fifth grade; Tracy Wilson, volunteer; and Amber Dugosh, kindergarten teacher.

September Outbackers

October Outbackers

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Tradition Bank Night at Rhodes Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11, 2010

President and CEO of Tradition Bank Downy Vickery and wife Kavin, joined Katy High School and Seven Lakes High School football players for the coin toss at Rhodes Stadium before the Seven Lakes homecoming game on Tradition Bank Night. Later in the evening, Tradition Bank presented both school’s booster clubs with checks.

Tradition Bank joins Katy and Seven Lakes High School footbal players on field for the game coin toss.

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Michael Griffin Elementary School Salutes Veterans

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11, 2010

Third grade students at Michael Griffin Elementary paid tribute to veterans and the serving military with a concert of patriotic songs.

Following months of diligent practice under the guidance of music teachers Cynthia Brodt and Jason Ritchie, the students took to a stage festooned with a giant American flag, balloons and sparking musical notes. Cub Scouts from Dens 2 and 5 of Pack 281 led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American and Texas flags prior to the concert.

There was standing room only as a large audience of family and friends packed the school gym. The students encouraged the audience to join them in singing “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful.” For the finale, Principal Jackie Keithan invited veterans from the community to join the students on stage so their personal service could be recognized.

Third grade students at MGE perform a patriotic concert in honor of Veteran's Day.

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Katy Mayor reads with WoodCreek Elementary class

Katy Texas News
Posted November 9, 2010

Katy Mayor Don Elder visited Mrs. Clark’s second grade class at WoodCreek Elementary this morning. He and the class participated in Promise to Read, a program offered each November by Katy ISD to provide members of the community, businesses and organizations the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature. Mayor Elder spent 30 minutes with the class and they read “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Second grade students in Mrs. Clark's class at WoodCreek Elementary enjoyed reading "Cloud With a Chance of Meatballs" with Katy Mayor Don Elder.

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Cinco Ranch JH Volleyball named district champs

Congratulations to the Cinco Ranch Junior High 8A volleyball team, who was named district champions!

Front: Coach Anabell Pinedo, Karli Hamilton, Hannah Guthrie, Emma Taylor
Middle: Emilie Floyed, Laura Walling, Brittany Nollkamper,  Miranda Maldanado
Back: Jessica Dorey,  Alix Hubley, Makayla Randle

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Miller Career and Technology Center updates

Katy Texas News
Posted November 5, 2010

The fall Miller Career and Technology Center (MCTC) broke ground on a new garden. The MCTC Bistro and AP/GT Environmental Science classes have partnered to construct a garden for the purpose of growing vegetables and herbs. MCTC teacher Dr. Sharon Sledge and her AP/GT Environmental Science students will be growing and maintaining the vegetables and herbs in the garden. MCTC teacher Patty Kenjura and her culinary arts students will use the vegetables and herbs in the meals prepared in the student-run campus Bistro.
The idea was sparked by Kenjura’s trip to Italy this past summer, where she learned about slow-cooking methods, which correlates with teaching students about community sustainability, and also emphasizes buying and using locally grown seasonal produce. Not only will the project provide hands-on learning for the students about growing and working with produce, but the AP/GT Environmental Science students will conduct soil tests and plan to incorporate composting into the project. Chemistry students will conduct chemical tests of the soil. MCTC students have planted sweet Italian basil, chives, brussel sprouts, cabbage, buttercrunch lettuce, cauliflower, tomatoes, and radishes. The students look forward to sharing the fruits of their labor with the community.

MCTC science and culinary arts students will benefit from a recently planted garden on campus.

The current Media Technology II students at MCTC recently tested for the Apple Certified End User Exam for Final Cut Pro 7 in May. All of the students who took the test passed. They must score 80 percent or higher to pass this rigorous exam. MCTC currently holds the national record for the most End User certified students graduating from a program. Student who took the test are currently enrolled in the second year media technology program at MCTC.

MCTC Media Technology students who took the Apple Certified End User Exam for Final Cut Pro 7 all passed.

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Katy-based business announces winners in first-ever Appleseed Challenge

Katy Texas News
Posted November 5, 2010

Appleseed Express Carwash announced the winners of its first-ever Appleseed Challenge, a unique opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and funds for projects that help children in west Houston.

The carwash, located in Katy at 6020 Fry Rd., opened its doors in late September with a commitment to creating a better future for today’s kids. After their first month in operation, they’ll make good on the promise and donate $10,000 to three nonprofit organizations: Langham Creek YMCA, Krause Children’s Center and Joe Joe Bear Foundation.

During the Appleseed Challenge, which ran from September 23 through October 31, each organization spread the word about their worthy cause and carwash users voted at the self-pay kiosk located at the carwash or online for the project they cared most deeply about.

Troy Black, general manager of Appleseed Express, announced the winners of the first Challenge today. They include:

Langham Creek YMCA, in first place, will receive $7,000 to fund a computer lab for their after-school enrichment program, called Club IDK.

Second place winner Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment home for severely neglected and abused boys and girls ages 11-17, will receive $2,000 to fund an after school program.

Third place winner, Joe Joe Bear Foundation, receives $1,000 to fund a donation of bears to local hospitals that are treating children of Houston and Katy with life threatening illnesses.

“Our IDK afterschool enrichment program currently serves over 100 children monthly in grades K-5,” says Catherine Hollis, community relations director for the Langham Creek YMCA. “With the $7,000 donation, we are thrilled to be able to purchase computers that will allow us to extend our programming to older children.”

Appleseed Express will announce the participants in the next challenge on November 15. These three nonprofits will have through December 31 to utilize the carwash to raise awareness for their cause and to generate the most votes from daily and monthly carwash users and receive seed money from Appleseed Express.

“It is our mission to eliminate the roadblocks affecting today’s kids,” says Black. “With the help of these strong non-profit partners, we were able to start achieving our mission from the day we opened. We can’t wait to see the results of the seed money we provided.”

Appleseed Express is a best in class carwash catering to busy professionals and families-on-the-go. A longer wash tunnel allows for a cleaner car, and the use of RFID technology means customers that become monthly members have the added convenience of zipping through a dedicated lane without so much as rolling down their window. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy’s Texas Guitar Company celebrates five years

Katy Texas News
Posted November 4, 2010

James Anderson and Robert Chaney opened the doors of Texas Guitar Company in November 2005 with little more than their collective 10 years experience in the industry, a handful of guitar students, and a desire to offer the best customer service possible. The idea to open their own store sprang from conversations between Bob and James when they became acquainted at another local music store.

We thought “We can do this, only better!” says Anderson, who had five years teaching experience when the store opened, as well as a two-and-a-half year apprenticeship with luthier (guitar builder) Jim Hewett. Combined with Robert’s five years experience repairing guitars and managing the afore-mentioned music store, the two “knew we had the collective experience to make it work.”

From the beginning, Texas Guitar Company knew that providing excellent customer service would begin with attracting and keeping excellent employees. Their instructor roster includes two elementary school music teachers, critically acclaimed jazz musicians, Suzuki method certified teachers, two worship leader/music directors at local churches, several “gigging” professionals as well as some younger instructors earning their degrees at the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music.

Keeping the atmosphere fun is another key to success.  “Happy employees that enjoy their work are just more likely to provide that quality customer experience we believe people are looking for” says Anderson. “Everyone has a good time here.”

Currently, Texas Guitar Company boasts over 200 students, 16 instructors, seven employees, and brand names such as Fender and Marshall.

“We’re not done yet,” says Anderson. “In fact, we feel like we are just getting started.  We have plans to open a second location as early as next year.”

To celebrate five years in business, Texas Guitar Company will host a free concert featuring several local bands, an instructor recital, and student performances. The concert takes place Sunday, November 21 from 12 – 6 p.m., rain or shine.  Everyone in attendance has a chance to win several prizes, including the grand prize of a free guitar.  Local barbecue purveyor John Banks will be selling Texas barbecue for those with an appetite. Texas Guitar Company is located at 2351 N. Fry Rd. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy residents collect gifts for world’s largest Christmas project

Katy Texas News
Posted November 4, 2010

Christmas is arriving early in Katy as local churches prepare to serve as collection points for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the sites will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.

Last year, Katy contributed more than 6,282 shoe boxes to join the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect over 6,500 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Katy residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than eight million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  From Katy, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.  To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at samaritanspurse.org.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.

How to get involved:

  • PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.
  • PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement.  Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at samaritanspurse.org.
  • PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the collection sites near Katy as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 1-800-353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

Collection sites in Katy:
Donations will be collected November 15-21. Dates and times are listed below.

Kingsland Baptist Church
20555 Kingsland Blvd.
281-492-0785

Monday, Nov. 15: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 16: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 18: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Christian City Fellowship
5243 Highway 36 N, Sealy
281-346-1544

Monday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Voters Approve Katy ISD’s 2010 Bond Referendum

Katy Texas News
Posted November 3, 2010

Katy ISD voters approved the district’s $459 million bond package on Tuesday with more than 50,000 people casting a vote on the Katy ISD bond election. Unofficial totals have 27,720 voting “for” and 25,948 voting “against” the package. Election results will become official once the votes are canvassed later this month.

“I want to thank the Task Force members who spent many hours crafting this bond package and the community members and volunteers who helped get information out about the referendum,” says Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey. “The Katy community has set the direction for Katy ISD, and we now have a lot of work ahead of us as we begin the process of building new schools and investing in our current facilities. We are committed to being transparent during this process as we manage the resources the community has given us to fund these projects.”

To meet the target dates set for the opening of the three new elementary schools, the new junior high, High School No. 7, and the Wolfe Elementary rebuild, the district is looking to start construction on each of the facilities this spring. All are slated to open in August 2012, with the exception of High School No. 7, which will open in August 2013. The district will also begin the design work for the major renovation projects identified in the bond package to meet the aggressive schedule set for these projects.

The district anticipates that it could have its first bond sale as early as December or January.

Katy ISD is a TEA “recognized” district serving more than 60,000 students. Covering 181 square miles west of downtown Houston, Katy ISD is comprised of 53 campuses, and with more than 8,300 employees is one of the largest employers in the West Houston area.

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Katy financial adviser earns recognition from TexasMonthly

Katy Texas News
Posted November 3, 2010

Katy resident Craig Narum of Trisperity Advisors was selected as a TexasMonthly 2010 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager in the Houston region.  This is the second year for Craig to receive this prestigious award. The FIVE STAR award was created to assist consumers in selecting a wealth manager who provides exceptional client satisfaction as indicated by other consumers and industry peers.

Craig is a chemical engineering graduate of Oklahoma University and after working in the energy industry, he decided to become a certified financial planner.  Trisperity has provided financial advice in the Katy area for 10 years.  Craig and Denise, his wife, have three children in KISD, where they are active in band, Junior Achievement and Boy Scout activities.

Craig Narum

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Local Girl Scouts celebrate 150th birthday of Juliette Gordon Low

Girl Scout Troop 17073 celebrated the 150th birthday of Juliette Gordon Low by eating cake and kicking off their Girl Scout Bronze Award project. In association with Project Love (Progetto Amore), the girls will make fleece blankets that will be shipped to children in Bolivia, Argentina, Honduras and Mexico.

Project Love was launched by a local Katy woman after she saw Troop 17073 make blankets for children at the Houston Psychiatric Hospital.

Troop 17073 will participate in Project Love to earn their Bronze Award.

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James E. Taylor HS girls golf wins tournament

Congratulations to the James E. Taylor High School varsity girls golf team, who placed first at the Fall Golf Classic held this past weekend at River Ridge Golf Course. Pictured from left are: Coach Joe Gibbons, Amy Hoffmaster, Danielle Poe, Kristen Purser, Erin Hagemeier, Courtney Moro and Coach Cindy Lloyd.

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Katy organ donor to be honored at 2011 Rose Parade

Katy Texas News
Posted November 1, 2010

Bridge to Life, Ltd and LifeGift announced that a Katy-area organ donor and his family will be honored at the 2011 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s Day.

Chad Jones, son of Michael and Sheree Jones of Katy, Texas, will be remembered on the 2011 Donate Life Rose Parade Float – themed “Seize the Day!” – for saving the lives of four strangers through organ donation and countless others through the gift of tissue donation. Chad will be depicted in a floragraph –  a portrait created from all-natural, floral materials –  along with 59 other organ, eye and tissue donors from across the country whose images will adorn Donate Life’s float entry. Donor family members, living donors and transplant recipients also participate as float riders, bringing to life the 2011 Rose Parade theme, “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories.”

“Through the gifts of organ and tissue donation, Chad and his family became heroes to those lives he saved and their loved ones,” says Aaron Gilchrist of Bridge to Life, Ltd., who is sponsoring the Jones family’s participation in the Rose Parade.  “As a company we are committed to national organ transplant awareness, and we are honored to be part of this tradition, while sharing it with such an amazing family – a family who, under the most difficult of circumstances, saw beyond their own pain and grief to help others.”

Chad, an avid car and motorcycle lover, was in a tragic accident on June 6, 2009.

“We are a family who does not want our son to be forgotten.  Even though Chad died, he is a hero and we want him to save many more lives, not just the people who received his organs,” says his mother, Sheree. “Being part of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float is yet another way for his legacy to live on and raise awareness of the importance of donation.”

In late 2009, the Jones family Michael, Sheree and Chad’s sister, Jessica, founded Donate 4 Life,  a nonprofit organization, which raises awareness of donation and encourages Texans to become registered organ and tissue donors. The family also works closely with LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency, to raise awareness of the issue.

The Glenda P. Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry is the official organ, eye and tissue donor registry for the state of Texas.  While the number of registered donors has increased dramatically over the last year and now has more than 1.1 million registered donors, the state must continue to make progress and encourage more residents to register as donors.

Registering as an organ and tissue donor is simple and it’s free.  It can be done one of three ways:

  • Via online at donatelifetexas.org or its companion site donevida.org
  • At any Department of Public Safety (DPS) office or via online with the DPS when renewing or obtaining a driver’s license or ID.
  • Through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when renewing vehicle registrations online.

For more information about Bridge to Life, Ltd., visit bridgetolifesolutions.com.  For more information about LifeGift, visit wwwlifegift.org.  For more information about the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, visit donatelifefloat.org.

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