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Amy Schemidt and Janet Manning Shaw have been named the new co-presidents of the Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented organization.

“We will continue working closely with KISD to encourage a passion for learning and help ensure GT students are able to reach their full academic potential,” says Manning Shaw. “As part of our work, KPGT is lining up a fantastic series of fun learning opportunities for GT students and their families.”

KPGT membership is $15. Students can sign up by visiting www.kpgt.org.

KPGT sponsors a series of events and activities for GT families and will provide plenty of opportunities for people to participate in various family fun events and learning opportunities. Their new program will make best use of funds and much appreciated volunteers in times of tight school budgets.

Events include a GT Create Date where elementary students will let their imaginations loose turning trash to treasure at sessions led by Greg Ruhe of Puppet Pizzazz and professional artist Taylor Perry. In a joint initiative with Katy ISD, every elementary GT student will also be taken to the Katy Outdoor Learning Center for an Archeological Dig as part of the archeology unit being studied in class. A KPGT exclusive Star Gazing Event will be held at the George Observatory in Brazos State Park where GT families can learn about and see star clusters, planets and galaxies using the museum’s giant 36-inch research telescope. Junior high GT students will be invited to participate in a Study Skills Seminar, where they will hone their skills to keep up with a challenging class load.

For more information, visit www.kpgt.org.

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