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Education foundation touches lives by assisting instructors

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In the early 1990s, the Robin Hood system of Texas education funding changed the face – and pocketbooks – of Deer Park schools. But if one good thing came from the rob-from-the-rich-and-give-to-the-poor mentality, it was the Deer Park Education Foundation. 

Although the Foundation was founded in part to circumvent Robin Hood back then, it continues playing a vital role in the education of today's Deer Park ISD students.
"We ensure students have the best experience they can," said Sheri Brown, DPEF director. "Our mission is to enhance the educational experience in DPISD." Brown spoke on behalf of the DPEF as the guest speaker at the Deer Park Rotary club's Wednesday luncheon meeting.

Gov. Perry to speak at chambers' luncheon

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The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce, with two other local chambers, will host Gov. Rick Perry Thursday at a tri-chamber luncheon. The luncheon will take place at the Hobby Airport Hilton, 8181 Airport Blvd. at 11:30 a.m. The Deer Park chamber will join the Pasadena and South Belt-Ellington chambers to host the event.

San Jacinto College breaks ground on new child care facility at Central campus

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Pictured at the ceremony are: (left to right) Tracy Sutton, Construction Masters of Houston, Inc.; Ace Thomas, Construction Masters of Houston, Inc.; John Moon Jr., Member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Ben Meador, Secretary, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Wayne Slovacek, member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Brenda Lang Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Dr. H. Neil Matkin, President, San Jacinto College Central; Dr. Debbie Simpson-Smith, Department Chair, Child Development, San Jacinto College; Dr. Monte Blue, former President, San Jacinto College Central; Kathy Sanchez, Child Center Director, San Jacinto College Central; Bill Patterson, Council Member, City of Deer Park; Andy Smith, Morris Architects; Justin Davis, Construction Masters of Houston, Inc. Child center children (from left to right): Connor Jones, Keely Cummings, Elayna Smith, Danny Lin.


One year after Ike, city looks to improve preparation, recovery

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Although Hurricane Ike was significantly weakened when it landed struck the Texas Gulf Coast, it was still strong enough to destroy this apartment complex on Helgra. One year later, city officials are working to improve Deer Park's emergency preparedness and response plans. Photo provided by City of Deer Park.
It had been 25 years since Deer Park took a direct hit from a hurricane. But, in September of last year, the eye of Hurricane Ike took direct aim at the Texas Gulf Coast, packing winds of more than 100 mph and had already killed 83 people.

One year later, some of Deer Park is still recovering from the storm and city officials continue to review and improve their emergency management planning and coordination. Although $104 million in damage was assessed across Deer Park, city leaders suggest the damage and loss of life could have been much worse.

Rotarians get to the heart of SCA

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Dr. Karan Bhalla of Bayshore Medical Center explains the more people care for and know their bodies, the better chance they have of steering clear of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Photo by Gerald Cothran.

There's a silent killer claiming 325,000 American lives a year. If the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest are ignored, it could mean sudden death.

Dr. Karan S. Bhalla from Bayshore Medical Center, the guest speaker at Deer Park Rotary's recent meeting, said cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Bhalla is a diagnostic and interventional cardiologist.


During a heart attack, blood flow is interrupted while the heart is still bleeding. In cardiac arrest, blood flow is completely stopped because the heart no longer effectively pumps blood. When the patient dies, it is referred to sudden cardiac arrest.

DPISD to induct 8 into Hall of Honor

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The Deer Park Education Foundation will host its 13th annual Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Deer Park High School Performing Arts Center, 710 W. San Augustine.


This year's induction features an expanded group of inductees resulting from the cancellation of last year's banquet due to Hurricane Ike. Inductees include: Blake Barnes, Class of 1982; Larry Cansler, Class of 1958; Robin Coody Cook, Class of 1973; Scott Huettel, Class of 1990; Michael McCulloch, Class of 1970; Jeff Renfro, Class of 1978; Donna Medford Tobias, Class of 1973; and Erik Wise, Class of 1982.

Working mom returns to San Jacinto College to advance her career

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Sometimes following your dreams requires a long 12-hour day. For
Christina Houk, her life is hectic with a full-time job, taking
care of her family, and attending San Jacinto College in the evenings.

Christina started her San Jacinto College educational path by earning a Certified
Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate from the Continuing & Professional Development
(CPD) division in 2007. Calendar is now online!

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Rotary DG touts success, future of organization

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Rotary District 5890 Governor Ed Charlesworth discusses the success and future of Rotary International. He was the guest speaker a the club's regular lunch meeting.

To make a positive influence in the world, one must start in their own community. Joining a local Rotary club is a good place to start. By doing so, they can change the world with their own hands.

District 5890 Governor Ed Charlesworth’s message to the Deer Park Rotary club rang loud and clear. Speaking toward the Rotary’s yearly theme “The future of Rotary is in your hands,” Charlesworth said the organization is shaping lives and the world. Through the club’s local efforts, Deer Park Rotary has assisted seniors with home repairs, developed and improved community parklands and provide scholarship funds to Deer Park High School seniors.

CPA: Calling all cars and when you aren't really you

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Editor’s note: This is part three of a series covering the Deer Park Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Editor/Publisher Bobby Vasquez is a participant in the academy.

Have you ever wanted to tell a cop where he or she can go? That’s what telecommunications officers get to do. TCOs, a fancy name for dispatchers, are the lifeline between the police officers and the public who needs them. They also direct emergency personnel to the locations and types of emergencies.

SACS reaffirms San Jacinto College accreditation

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San Jacinto College has received reaffirmation of its 10-year
accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (SACS).

During a routine site visit by the SACS committee, members examined data
and conducted interviews to evaluate the soundness of the College's
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and its compliance with the Commission's
Principles of Accreditation. Serita Dickey, SACS compliance director at
SJC, attributes successful results to a district-wide collaboration in
preparing the reports that were required for reaccreditation.