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RETAIL RACE Study says Kyle is ahead of Buda when it comes to retail stores. - Page 1D Hays Free Press November 30, 2011 ree ress Page 3B HAYS CISD LUNCH MENU FOR DEC. 5-9 Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily at all campuses ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Monday, 12/5 Vegetable Io mein Chicken soft tacos Patty melt Turkey/cheese wrap Baked steak fries Tuesday, 12/6 Turkey pot pie Bean/cheese burrito Hot dog Chicken Alfredo Corn on the cob ' Wednesday, 12/7 Hamburger Green chile cheese Beefy bakes ziti Garden salad 5-way vegetables enchiladas Thursday, 12/8 Chicken fried steak Ham/cheese sandwich Chicken nuggets Pasta primavera Green beans Friday, 12/9 Sweet/sour chicken/brown rice Crispy chicken wrap Cheese pizza Beef taco salad Broccoli Normandy MIDDLE SCHOOLS Monday, 12/5 Vegetable Io mein Chicken soft tacos BBQ chicken wrap Cheeseburger Turkey cheese wrap Stir fry veggies Tuesday, 12/6 Turkey pot pie Bean/cheese burrito Hot dog Chicken Alfredo Sausage or cheese pizza Corn on the cob Wednesday, 12/7 Hamburger Green chile cheese enchiladas Italian sub Beefy baked ziti Garden salad 5-way vegetables Thursday, 12/8 Chicken fried steak Chicken tostadas Pasta primavera Ham/cheese sandwich Cheeseburger Green beans Friday, 12/9 Sweet/sour chicken/brown rice Cheesy nachos Crispy chicken wrap Mexican or cheese pizza Chicken taco salad Broccoli Normandy HIGH SCHOOLS Luigi's Eatery, Gourmet Greens, Adobe Grill, Ballpark Classics and The Dell offer daily pizza, fresh salads, Mexican food, burgers, subs to order, fresh fruit and veggie bar. Monday, 12/5 Vegetable Io mein Chicken soft tacos BBQ chicken wrap Pasta/meatballs Chicken Alfredo pizza Tuesday, 12/6 Turkey pot pie Bean/cheese burrito Hot dog Chicken Alfredo Sausage pizza Garden salad Wednesday, 12/7 Beef Io mein Chile cheese enchiladas Italian sub Beefy baked ziti Ham/cheese pizza Thursday, 12/8 Chicken fried steak Beefy quesadilla Chicken nuggets Pasta pnmavera BBQ chicken pizza Chef sala Friday, 12/9 Sweet/sour chicken Nacho bar Crisp~ chicken wrap Sausage calzone Mexican pizza $3, BY JIM CULLEN The giving spirit of the holiday season got an unforgettable jump start recently with what is in all like- lihood an unprecedented ex- pression of charity from such a young child. Zachary Col- lins, a seven-year-old student at Negley Elementary School, decided that he liked the feel- ing of giving his crumpled $20 bill to the annual Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign last year, especially consider- ing the fact that he was told it would feed an entire family. Zach held onto that feeling into this fall's renewal of the Hays CountyFood Bank's cam- paign and he told his mother, Negley Elementary Registrar Laurie Collins, that he had de- cided to help bring Thanksgiv- ing meals to not one - but 200 - families this year, The Neg, ley Navigators were among a number of local campuses to host "The Turkey," Jane Kirkham, who serves on the food bank's board of directors, and inspires schools for the cause. Collectively, those local campuses would go to work to once again successflflly raise thousands of dollars for the food bank's holiday effort. But Zach was determined to make it his personal mission to feed a huge host of families and he set forth with logistical support from his parents, Lau- PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Hays County Food Bank Executive Director Jerry Gracy gratefully accepts a donation of more than $3,000 from beaming Negley Elementary School student Zach Collins. The donation represents the cost of Thanksgiving meals for more than 150 Hays County residents and dramatically (and unforgettably) capped off this year's hugely successful Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign in Hays CISD. rie and Jimmy Collins, setting the effort one last weekend. up a blog and a Facebook page, Those final few days pushed complete with an explanatory the young philanthropist past video and Paypal giving ca- $3,000 in contributions (to go pability. Incredibly, the dona- with 150 pounds of canned tions began to come in online, food he also picked up along slowly at first, but picking up the way). The heart-warming speed to the point where he culmination of the campaign and his morn decided to give was his family's surprise visit to the food bank in San Mar- cos, where the patient and gracious staff- unaware of the magnitude of Zach's contribu- tion - nevertheless made time for him and his family and friends despite being obvious- ly swamped with the pressing work of getting boxes of food out to families just days before Thanksgiving. When Zach actually pro- duced and handed over his plastic bag filled with $3,000, the full measure of this young man's donation quickly struck the food bank's Community Relations Coordinator, Jane Moore, whose tears welled up as she accepted the bag, along with Zach's read-aloud letter of why he had done it. Hays County Food Bank Direc- tor Jerry Gracy officially and gratefully acknowledged the young donor's gift, seeing to it that he had a full tour of the facility and underlining the significance of the gift. Joining Zach for the memo- rable moment were his mom and dad, older brother An- drew, older sister Alexandria, Negley Elementary Secretary Michelle Ackart, and repre- sentatives of the school dis- trict intent on documenting the occasion. The 2011 Tur- keys Tackling Hunger cam- paign thus came to an end in Hays CISD, with the unforget- table conclusion of one very special seven-year-old's act of compassion for others in the community. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Lehman High School history teacher Brian Hempel has been honored with the 2011 Citizenship Educator Award by Veterans of Foreign War Post 12058. Hempel was announced as the award-winner and rec- ognized at this year's Lehman High School Veterans Day ceremony. Seen enjoying the moment are (left to right) Hempel, VFW Post 12058 Adjutant David Lyle and Lobo Principal Don Ruisinger. PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN Wildcats raise funds for fire relief Bastrop Mayor Terry Orr made a special visit to Blanco Vista Elemen- tary School recently to receive a donation of $463.75 toward fire disas- ter relief from Wildcat 4th graders Angela Lopez and Sarah Howard. The girls wanted to help their devastated Central Texas neighbors and busily worked with the help of their principal, Irma Flores-Brothers, the PTA's Jennie Harper, their parents and the BVES community. Presenting the check to Mayor Orr are (left to right) Orr, partners Angela Lopez and Sarah Howard, and 4th-grade Dual Language Teacher Dolexia Allen. BY COFHE ROSALES Special to the Hays Free Press SPend a few minutes in the classroom of Brian Hempel and you'll immediately be taken in by his passion for teaching U.S. History! Coach Hempel has a strong desire to teach students to respect America's history and he teaches with a sincere, heartfelt empha- sis on the people who have formed America into what it is today. He greatly appreci- ates the roles that veterans had in forming our history and he works hard to enforce this same feeling with his students. Every year at our Veteran's Day program I thank him for going above and beyond with his students by teaching them patriotism and respect for our veterans and our country. He humbly replies, "We should all respect them and thank them, not just to- day but every day. IfI could, I would use my time to serve our veterans for all they have done for us." That's a strong statement, but typical of Coach Hempel's philosophy. Coach Hempel has special projects at this time of the year aimed at furthering his student's knowledge and appreciation of patriotism. His students are participat- ing in the 'A Million Thanks" campaign, writing letters to the troops. He teaches his students the reality of what troops and veterans have endured, both on the battlefield and when they return. He teaches the important roles our troops have in our lives, past and present. He teaches students that military soldiers do not sign up for duty for the pay, but because of their love and pride for our country. Coach Hempel has also ar- ranged for a current service member to visit his classes and talk with the students about the true history of the veterans. He feels the stu- dents will gain more knowl- edge and respect hearing it first-hand. He is one of the most suc- cessful teachers on campus. As proof of his teaching suc- cess, his students have had 100 percent passing rates on exit level History TAKS tests the past two years. Coach Hempel is a mentor to the new teachers on campus. He shares his resources and spreads his passion for teaching history and citizen- ship. (Editor's note: Lehman High School history teacher Brian Hempel was honored recently with this year's local Veterans of Foreign Wars Citizenship Educator~Teacher Award. Connie Rosales, who serves as secretary to Lobo Principal Don Ruisinger, wrote Hempel's nomination letter which appears above.) Colt Character Front-Runners for September and October Each month Carpenter Hill Elementary PTA recognizes students exem- plifying good character values and honorees receive campus recognition throughout the school year. September October K - Adele Neuhaus K - A.J. Flores 1 - Caden Winzer 1 - Rally Thomas 2 - Ivan Silva 2 - Maeve Molina 3 - Charles Jones 3 - Tucker Hudson 4 - Elizabeth Rutherford 4 - Christina Thies 5 - Thomas Kazmierski 5 - Bethany Weller PHOTO BYJIMCuLLEN ExxonMobil gives Lobes a IMe grease The Lehman High School math department received a recent $500 grant from ExxonMobil through the local offices of Sac-n-Pac, Inc. Departmenl chair Christina Miranda and Lobo principal Don Ruisinger accepted the check which will be used for extended studies in the department. Shar- ing the presentation moment (and large check) are (front, left to right) Ruisinger, Sac-n-Pac Community Relations Coordinator Carole Farmer. Miranda, and Sac-n-Pac leaders Jo Lynn Garcia, Nancy Causey, Thomas Vasquez and Beatrice Rangel. SCHOOL BRIEFS Empty Bowls filled at Hays tomorrow The Hays High School Art Club hosts its "Empty Bowls" event this Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Hays High School cafeteria. The community is invited to help fight hunger by pur- chasing a handmade ce- ramic bowl ($10 minimum) that will be filled with pasta or soup provided by local businesses and HHS staff. Paper bowls will also be available for $5 or $3. Hays High students will provide entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Hays County Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul. To donate or for more information, contact Starr Cruz at cruzs@hay- or 268-2911, ext. 6253. Information is also available at www.empty- Chapa, Simon, Wallace band concert set The band programs of Chapa, Simon and Wallace middle schools will all be on stage and offering their holiday best at the Friday, Dec. 2, Winter Concert at the Hays CISD Perform- ing Arts Center. The Chapa Sixth Grade Band opens the evening at 6:30 p.m., fol- lowed by the Cougar Sym- phonic Band, then Wind Ensemble. Wallace follows with, in order, its Sixth Grade Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Simon's Sixth Grade Band and Symphonic Band close the show. Each school's performance is set to last about 45 minutes. Admis- sion is, as always, free and the public is cordially invited to enjoy the holiday music. Blanco Vista hosts Santa, craft bazaar Blanco Vista Elementary School hosts a breakfast with Santa and a Christmas Bazaar this Saturday, Dec. 3, 8-11 a.m. Vendors with arts and crafts items are invited to participate, with a nominal fee of $10 for a reserved slot at the event. Vendors provide their own tables and no food items may be sold. For more in- formation, contact Shirley De Leon at 268-8506 or email deleons@hayscisd. .net. One Act Play contest Saturday Hays CISD's annual Middle School One Act Play Contest is set for this Satur- day, Dec. 3. Doors open at 1 p.m. with shows beginning at 1:30 p.m. -with perfor- mances on the hour- at the Performing Arts Center. Admission to the always- entertaining event is $5 and entities ticket-bearers to see all five of the district's middle schools perform their one act plays. That line-up includes Simon Middle School theater stu- dents performing "Mother Hicks," Wallace Middle School students offering "Goodbye to the Clown," and Chapa Middle School performing "The Impor- tance of Being Earnest." Completing the day's show- ings are Dahlstrom Middle School's "Shadowlight" and Barton Middle School's "Candid." Hays, Dahlslmm choirs perform holiday show The Hays High School and Dahlstrom Middle School choirs will perform songs of the season in concert Monday, Dec. 5, at the Performing Arts Center. Mustangs Director Tanna See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B