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+ WIDOW PROJECT Local woman connects others with similar experiences - Page lC + Hays Free Press June 15, 2011 Page 3B Determination and Oood resoumes key to grad's success BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com solVe Karla Sosa Bell credit. ive years ago she faced me daunting challeng- es that threatened her prospects for attaining even a high school diploma, much less the two col- lege degrees she has just earned from Texas State Universi~ But with will power, determi- nation, and the help of people serious about seeing her reach her fullpotential, Karla overcame those early challenges and has emerged fi'om the battle ready to take on more. There will, of course, be more challenges, but her track record so far indicates sheql likely figure out a way to meet them. That expectation might not always have been them. In 2005 Karla was handling the birth of her son, Ethan Andrew Bell. She was only a junior at Hays High School and faced the prospect of having to meet the needs of her newborn first, the kind of prospect that ends any thought of schooling for many in the same sltuatlon she add young husband Corey Andrew Bell both managed to graduate, but resources were an issue. Among the resources they called on that proved critical were the services of the disa'ict's PEP Program, to provide child day care, and Col- lege Forward. Originally known as Admis- sion Control, College Forward g011RIESY Pli0/O A Texas State University degree in hand, recent grad and local success story Karla Sosa Bell, enjoys the moment with husband Corny Andrew Bell, and their sons six-year-old (and Science Hall Elementary student) Ethan Andrew Bell and 21 -month-old Drake Andrew Bell. has been helping local students college experience, preparation peciallythoselikeherwhocome other baby (son Ethan Andrew since its founding and initial for entrance exams, assistance from low-income families, are Bell, born 21 months ago), and start-up at Hays CISD in 2003. with college applications and se- the first in their famih'es to go to worked most of the time:" Collelle F0rwaM prillt guring fln dai aid, lind firlglly, ll 6,andhaveotherobstades Harrison's "never slowed are, its webslte notes, to provide college persistence support to overcome in their pursuit of a down" assessment goes to the "college access and college per- Betty Harrison, who previous- higher education." fact that she remained active sistence to motivated, economi- ly served as Hays CISD Execu- As a young mother, Kadain extracurricular activitie~ In cally disadvantaged students, in tive Director of Curriculum and found the motivation and ener- high school she'd been a mem- order to facilitate their transition Instruction, has worked with gy to handle the new pressures, ber of the National Honor Soci- to college and make the process College Forward In recent years earn her Hays High School di- ety, French Honor Society and ex.ciling and rewarding," Stating and it was through that coimec- ploma along with her husband Spanish Honor Society, as well its organizational belief that "ac- tion that sbe came to know Kar- in2006,ande:nrollatTexasState, as staying active with the al- cess to higher education is the la. Harrison says of Karla, 'As a %nd (she) never slowed down," ways-busy Leo Club, the Crimi- right of every young Texan," the person, she epitomizes the goals Harrison says, adding "even program offers orientation to the we have for all Hays students, es- though she married, had an- PAY ff ~ F01~/~, pg. 4B , , ,, ,,, ,, , , , mY1 Lehman gifts compete in video contest Lehman High School Education end Training Class students (left to fight) Vanessa Calderon, Larissa Mailen, Rebecca Cazares end Olivia Rodriguez recently taught "Blue Beauties," their serf- made video conference lesson, to a group of kindergarten students in a remote region. The lesson, telling the story of the Texas bluebonnet, was part of the KC3 Kids Creating Community Content International Contest, coordinated through Family end Consumer Sciences teacher Stephenie Hoke's class, with the assistance of HCISD Distance Learning Specialist Chdstie Rickert. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Science Fair gets Blue Ribbon results Carpenter Hill Elem~'s 4th grade STEM program hosted its year-end Sci- erme Fair, resulting in a host of insightful projects. An impressive number of students produced blue filobon projects, including Katie Johnson's, earning that coveted blue ribbon for' her "Miracle Grow Your Rents" project. A host of fourth grade Fuentes Stars shone brightly and were awarded "Making a Splash" t-shirts in the eighth annual Gua- dalupe Basin River Authority (GBRA) Compo- sition Challenge recently. Ninety- four Fuentea en- trants responded to the writing prompt, "Write a Gem@ about why water is important, end why we need to conserve it.~ RIOTO BY ClNDE THOMAS-JIMENEZ Special to the Hays Free Press Thirty-five Fuentes students once again earned their "Star" status recent- ly, being awarded t-shirt prizes in the eighth annual Guadalupe Basin River Authority (GBRA) Composition Chal- lenge for fourth-graders. Elementary campuses that receive the "Iourney Through the Guadalupe River Basin" kits were sent contest guidelines in January, and all written compositions were due in February. Students from school districts in five counties in the Guadalupo River Basin submitted en- tries this year. The Composition Challenge, which focuses on water conservation, offers teachers and students a fun wayto help them prepare for the state TAKS Writing test, which takes place in February. in most schools, students are provided a daily writing "prompt", and they prac- tice their writing skills by addressing the given topic. The GBRA proviided a prompt and guidelines very similar to what students were recently confront- ed with on the TAKS test: PROMPT: Write a composition about why water is important, and why we need to conserve it. Student compositions were scored in March and April, and prizes aw',arded during National Drinking Water VNeeE Prizes included "Conserve Water" t- shirts, cups and certificates. Fuentes Elementa~submitteti 94 entries and of those, 35 students were awarded a t-shirt for thek composi- t/ons. Fuentes entries were very good this year, perhaps due to the amount of time that these students have spent learning about water resources dur- ing the school year. These students were presented information on water- sheds and water quality this past fa~, they have monitored the water in Plum Creek twice, and had the opportunity to participate in a community-wide dean- up of the creek at Steeplechase Park. Hawks need kids books Hernphill Elementary librarian Lourdes.Cervantes reports tim Hays CISD Sum- met School for pre-Kto 1st grade is in need of books to be given to students to take home ahd start their own book collection. "If your children have outgrown their book, we would love to share them with these students," she says, addin~ "Please send them to the Hemphill Elementary Library. Ifll make you'tote-ly~ awesome and I'll give you a great tote for your gift to our students!" Eagles Pledge 248,000 Read- Ing Minutes Students at Elm Grove Ele- mentary School plan to read a combined total of about a quarter-million minutes this summer. This is well beyond the pledge goal set by the Elm Grove Elementary Dad's Club, which sponsors the summer reading program. Two-hundred-three stu- dents, Including 15 from the incoming kindergarten class, are participating. Dur- ing the summer, students and parents can track their reading progress at the Elm Grove Elementary Dad's Club website. Pet GliniG set Hemphill Elementary School and John Y. Tarlton, DVM, offer a Tuesday, June 28, 5-7 p.m. pet vaccination clinic at the campus (3995 E. FM 1501. A complete yearly vaccine is available for cats and dogs for $20, but indi- vidual vaccinations range from just $5 to $15. Hea and heartworm preventative will be available. The"Educat- ing through Experience" fundraiser sees a portion of the proceeds directed to help HES field trips and a hoped- for playground canopy. For more information, call Iana Tarlton at 238-1093. Lehman High School will host the Lehman Lobo Mini Cheer Camp this summer, Juiy 26-29, from 8 a.m.to noon each morning. Registration is for students in ldndergarten through eighth grade and cost is $50 per par- ticipant A performance for parents will be held at 12:30 ~.m. on the camp's final ay and campers will also earn the right to perform at a Lobe varsity game. For registration and more infor- mation, contact Lobo varsity cheerleader sponsor Stacy Ma~nez at martinezst@ hayscisd.net Hays ClSD starts online The Online System will be open to all Hays CISD Parents from luly 1 through Ang. z6. BegUm ng mid4uly, campuses will be open Mon- day through Thursday from 7:30 am. to 3 p.m., and will have staff available to assist parents with the online reg- istration process. Computer labs on the campuses will be open beginning August 1 for any parent who wishes to come to the campus to fill out the online form using a district computer. Parents can also utilize campus com- puters during a special'late' night onAug. 4from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or'early' onAug" 5 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the online registration. Beginning July 1, parents should go online at www. hayscisd.net/Student- Registration and click on the Online Registration link to create their own logiru A par- ent must know at least two of three pieces ofinforma- arm tSociat Sacu bet / state 113 number, local student ID or lunch number and/or date of birth) about their child In order to obtain access to their child's record. +