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HaysFreePress,com BAD FOR BUSiNg? City of Kyle joins statewide effort to . block private utility's rate hike - Page 1D September 14, 2011 Page 1C O THOMAS LUX STAFF REPORT Thomas Lux, an acclaimed poet of haunted, ironic work, ~ give readings Thursday in San Marcos and Friday in Kyle. Here's what he and others have to say about his work: Pairing humor with sharp existen- tialism: "I like to make the reader laugh - and then steal that laugh, right out of the throat. Because I think life is like that, tragedy right alongside humor." - Lux, in an interview with the LosAngeles Times An outspoken critic of"difficult" po- etry: "There's plenty of room for strange- ness, mystery, originality, wildness, etcetera in poems that also invite the reader into the human and alive center about which the poem circles." -- Lux, in an interview with the literary journal Cerise Press Critical assessment: "Often using ironic or sardonic speakerS, startlingly apt imagery, careful rhythms, and reach- ing into history for subject matter, Lux has created a body of work that is at once simple and complex, wildly imaginative and totally relevant." -- from a Poetry Foundation biography About the poet: Lux grew up in a work- ing-class family in Massachusetts. He's a former Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and director Of a visiting writers program at Georgia Institute of Technol- ogy. The most recent of his 11 flfll-length collections is "God Particles" (Houghton Mifflin, 2008). First reading: 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wittliff Collections, seventh floor of the Alkek Libra,, Texas State University Second reading: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, 508 Center St., Kyle Cost: Free Sponsors: The Witfliff Collections at Texas State University, Therese Kayser Lindsey Reading Series and the Texas State University Department of English [] BY JIM CULLEN The Hays CISD Education Foundation is rolling out its annual fundrais- ing campaign with hopes of generating money to support classroom projects, teacher training and other initiatives. At a campaign kickoff breakfast last week, Superin- tendent Jeremy Lyons Credited the foundation with creating and fostering "deliberate, thoughtful and meaningful engagement in the commu- nity in supporting teaching and learning." He also called the group an "exemplary point of pride and indication of a healthy and vibrant school district." The foundation is made up of about two dozen busi- nesspeople, parents, school district liaisons and other supporters. Established in 1998, the group has raised more than $1.4 million for initiatives that include thou- sands of dollars in Innovative Teaching Grants anda recent $15,000 "Think Big Grant" to the science department at Hays High School. During last Thursday's breakfast at the district's Per- forming Arts Center, Founda- tion President David Salazar outlined several goals for the group, with a call to simplify its approach, increase its an- nual commitment and further professionalize its character. Barton Middle School me- dia teacher Jeremiah Thomas, a repeat winner in the foun- dation's Innovative Teaching Grants competition, offered his personal testimonial. He cited the effect that grant money has had on ,students and included a video pro- duced by his classes with the professional equipment paid for with grant money. Foundation board member - and 1996 Hays High School graduate- Holly Raymond of- fered her insight, first, on how well-prepared she had found herself for the nationally- recognized school she entered HEF SUPPORTERS, pg. 6C PHOTO BY TOMMY HULTGREN Each Hays CISD campus annually selects a Teacher of the Year and each year the Education Foundation sponsors a May luncheon in that group's honor, this photo capturing the 2011 contingent. The luncheon is the setting for the announcement of the two teachers--one elementary and one secondary--who advance to compete for regional honors. Hays ClSD's Education Foundation's major programs and initiatives INNNOVATIVE TEACHING GRANTS The cornerstone of the Foundation's efforts to bring frequently underfunded classroom projects to life, the Innovative Teaching Grants program annually provides upwards of $50,000 to Hays CISD campus faculty. Traditionally, a $5,000 cap is placed on awards, though a recent special initiative delivered a $15,000 "Think Big Grant" to the Science Department at Hays High School. A special initiative anticipated this year is for teachers to apply for mini- grants up to $500 in value. HEF CONTRIBUTIONS, pg. 6C PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN The Hays CISD Education Foundation's Michelle Coburn talks with Carole Farmer, the Community Relations go-to person for Sac-n-Pac, Inc. at the Foundation's 2011-2012 Annual Fund Kick-Off Breakfast. Coburn is the Foundation's Development Committee Chair and Sac-n-Pac, represented by Farmer, is one of the local group's long-time supporters. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN The greatest annual expenditures by the Hays CISD Education Foundation are its Innovative Teaching Grants, in amounts up to $5,000, awarded twice a year, and presented in celebra- tory surprise appearances at the recipients' campus. Here, Hays High School librarian Lau- ren Kluck enjoys her jumbo grant check with her principal, David Pierce, left, and members of the Foundation board. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Lehman High School language teachers Anne-Marie Dalvi and Claudia Vasquez (center and right) enjoy their jumbo grant check with Foundation board member Alex Gamez. Approximately $50,000 is awarded each year and thousands of students have been directly impacted since the program began. [] BUDA l amily and friends gathered Tuesday morning at Camp Ben McCulloch to say goodbye to Gunner Thames. Gunner touched so many lives in his short 15 years, making many friends along the way. He was much loved by all who knew him, and he ~il be missed. As someone said, "not gone, just gone ahead., heaven has a new cowboy." Seton Hospital-Hays has awarded the Hays Hero for the month of September to 81-year-old Geri Miller of Buda. The Hays Hero Award is for "loyal dedica- tion and unwavering com- mitment. A thank-you for your outstanding contribu- tions toward our goals and for making our organiza- tion stand above the rest." This is the first time it has been awarded and ~ now be given every month. As Miller said, "I am proud to be the recipient of this prestigious award." "~ -- ooo There were 24 players in the "42" tournament held at Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center last Friday. Notan Kunkel earned the first place trophy and prize with Richard Harlow coming in second place, followed by third place, Lorette Rouse, fourth place, Bill Burrell, fifth place, Sis Law and coming in sixth was Jim Stavlo. A barbecue meal was served for lunch. / / ooo Birthday wishes go out to twins Quinton and Lauren Rodriquez, who will be nine years old on Sept. 16; Deborah Lake and Sarah Duke on Sept. 17; Carol Gage and six-year-old Jack Haberer on Sept. 19; Jim Fletcher, Perry Heath, Helen Hawkins, Tristan Jordan and Allen Watson on Sept. 20; Faye Fletcher on Sept. 21 and John Marquess on Sept. 22. Congratulations to Julie and Dane Gibbs who have been married 11 years on Sept. 21. Is it OK to wear white after Labor Day? Some fashion experts say"no, to wearing white pants or shoes. Some folks say no white on rainy days or after Labor Day. Just maybe it is OK to wear white above the waist at any time. PHOTO BY CYNDYSLOVAK-BARTON Homecoming s hem! Hays High Rebel football team seniors, Michael Pieprzica and Taylor Hough, rev up the crowd at the Homecoming Pep Rally Tuesday at Buda City Park. The Rebels play the Hutto Hip- pos this Friday for Homecom- ing. Lehman High's Homecom- ing is next Friday, Sept. 23 against Hays.