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Page 4B Education Hays Free Press August 9, 2017 Give a Hays and Lehman High cheerleaders banded together with volunteers this weekend as they officially kicked off the third annual School Sup- ply Drive to "fill the bus" at the Buda H-E-B. The event is a partnership between the Buda Care Corps, which includes Broadway Bank, H-E-B and Hays CISD. This event helps provide necessary school sup- plies to:students who may not be able to afford ~b,ern prior to the start of ~1. Those who were not able to attend can still donate to the cause. Those interested in donating should contact Angle Mendez at angle. mendez@hayscisd.net. PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN Mark White: State mourns education giant Continued from pg. 3B when it came to depthNo Play made sure to White's sister, Betty. charts, academics were up-to-lane Kirkham said "It made you tow the standard for those inWhite was close to his line. There were coaches extracurricular activities, sister, and that he and I knew where they "The No Pass, No Playhis family was "very thought football was the rule made it crystal clear gracious." only thing in the world," that, first and foremost, She also said White Kirkham said. "You students have to havewas "very proud of Texas" needed to do both ... it a solid grasp of their and was a friend of public didn't mean you have to academic content before education. be the best student, but they could participate in "He was gracious and you do have to do what extracurriculars," Savoy very friendly; accepting teachers required of you." said. and inclusive," lane Tim Savoy, Hays CISD Galen Zimmerman, Kirkham said. "He also public information Dripping Springs Highhad a sense of humor." officer, said White's No athletic coordinator and White frequently Pass, No Play policy is head football coach, said visited the scenic Hill one of the visible changes following No Pass, NoCountry vistas of western to Texas' school system Play is an expectation at Hays County with his people still see. that campus, family. It's also part of his "We want kids that are Texas Gov. Greg legacy that will continue going to excel both in the Abbott ordered flags to to endure. Savoy said classroom and on the be lowered to half-staff Hays CISD is an advocate field," Zimmerman said. statewide inWhite's for No Pass, No Play in all Outside of the political honor. activities, which ranges realm, White was known White has been from team sports and as a kind person and a remembered by a handful all UIL compeitions, "wonderful big brother," of public officials on which complement the said Jane Kirkham, who social media, including academic experience, during her studies atformer President Bill Savoy added No Pass, Baylor was a roommateClinton. Blood Drive: Hays ClSD bands together for Lobo student Continued from pg. 3B ing news, trying to stay positive as much as pos- sible when he began his treatments, Blanco said. But with each treat- ment given, new symp- toms arrived. Perhaps the hardest point for Alegria was los- ing his hair, Blanco said. "He has his low points, but he lets us in when he lets us," Blanco said. Helping the family cope with the treatments was Carolyn Ramirez, whose family has lived across the street from Alegria since 2005. Like many, Ramirez said shock and "fear of the unknown" were initial reactions to news of Alegria's diagnosis. Soon she and others began to reach out to the family in order to help them navigate through "this horrible time." She said the reasoning was Alegria's family has "It's a time that most families never want to go through and never have to expect to go through ... It's been a hard and trying time for them and we wanted to help them as much as we can." -Carolyn Ramirez, Alegria's neighbor been "wonderful for all of these years" and that it was the least they could do for them. "It's a time that most families never want to go through and never have to expect to go through," Ramirez said. "It's been a hard and trying time for them and we'wanted to help them as much as we can." It was that support sys- tem that helped Blanco come up with the idea to host a blood donation drive to help Alegria's treatment. GIVING BACK TO ONE OF THEIR OWN During the course of Alegria's treatments, blood transfusions are conducted in order to counteract low blood platelet counts. The trans- fusion is done to help prevent illnesses during the course of treatments. Alegria has so far had four chemotherapy treatments, with two blood transfusions, with another potentially on the horizon. Doctors recommended Blanco host a blood do- nation drive to help give her son the platelets he needs to stay healthy. Ramirez said she and Blanco talked about the idea for a few weeks. The two then reached out to the "We are Blood" center, which helped set up a donation date. It didn't take long for the community to pitch in their assistance. Within 24 hours of posting the drive on Face- book, all available time slots for the drive were filled, Blanco said. Ramirez said We are Blood will have an extra worker on site to take any walk-ups. Helping spread the word of the drive was Hays CISD, which posted the drive on its Facebook page. "The outpouring of love is amazing," Ramirez said. "We understand not everyone is in a situa- tion to donate blood, but people have extended their prayers for the fam- ily and have shared the post to others." Blanco said the family is considering the option of setting up a gofundme account. For Blanco, the out- pouring of assistance, both near and far, has been overwhelming"in a good way." "It's just amazing. It's heart warming. We never experienced anything like this," Blanco said. "To have so many people you don't even know help out, it's incredible." PHYSICAL THERAPY AND REHAB CONCEPTS More locations, less wait time. That's the best kind of emergency care. At St. David's our goal is simple. To be the best. Which means delivering care based on your needs. Your life is our passion. 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