On Friday, peer tutors at Alamo Heights HS hung out with the Life Skills students at the SA Rodeo. Compassion in action! Every Wednesday we bring you a news roundup of compassionate stories. Follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1 to get the stories as they happen. You, too, can use the hashtag #compassionateSA.

Found on the Fiesta Youth Facebook page, 17 February, 2018
Mayor Ron Nirenberg stands in support of the #NOH8 campaign, saying “I am proud to live in a city that is inclusive and compassionate, a place where every person has equal rightsand where hate and discrimination are not tolerated.”

Seen in the Express-News, 14 February, 2018
A&M-San Antonio teaching parents of first-generation students
Texas A&M-San Antonio has officially launched its nine-week Family First seminar, designed to demystify the college experience for parents of first generation students.

Seen on KSAT 12, 15 February, 2018
The Prosthetic Foundation helps those without limbs lead normal lives
It fits those in need with prosthetics to help get them on their feet so they can lead normal, active lives.

Found in the Express-News, 15 February, 2018
Analysis suggests mortgages are less accessible to blacks, Latinos
The San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area was one of 13 nationwide — and the only one in Texas — where both blacks and Latinos were “significantly more likely” to be denied such loans than non-Hispanic whites in 2015 and 2016, the analysis showed.

Seen in the Express-News, 15 February, 2018
UIW nursing students screening children for lead
It’s a way that we’re blending our education with helping this population.

Seen on KENS 5, 15 February, 2018
American Heart Association is spreading heart health awareness through “Little Hats, Big Hearts.”
Newborns at a local hospital are starting life with an extra dose of love.

Seen on KSAT 12, 15 February, 2018
United Way child care scholarship allows parents to continue their education
Program has awarded 173 scholarships.

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 February, 2018
Officers educate, ticket railroad crossing violators to prevent deaths
Last week, officers gave out 96 violations in just two and a half hours.

Read in the Rivard Report, 16 February, 2018
SAISD Head Shines Light on Student Challenges in State of District Address
it is not fair to tell a child that based on where you are born, for no other reason – just being born into that community, into that family, into that income situation – that this is your probability of graduating college.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 16 February, 2018
Second Lady Tours Art Therapy Program At San Antonio Children’s Hospital
Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, visited Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio’s Medical Center Friday to see how young cancer patients have benefited from an art therapy program.

También visto en Univision 41, 16 February, 2018
Karen Pence estuvo con los niños del Methodist Children’s Hospital [Karen Pence was with the children of Methodist Children’s Hospital]
La segunda dama de la nación platicó con algunos de los pacientes con cáncer de esta institución y pidió que recibieran clases de arte. [The second lady of the nation talked with cancer patients and asked them to take art classes]

Seen in the Rivard Report, 16 February, 2018
Nirenberg Leads Delegation to Mexico for Sister Cities Summit
“This is a time, more than ever before, at the subnational level, local government, and citizen-diplomat level, we need to show our friendship.”

Seen in the Express-News, 16 February, 2018
Bexar County child hospitalization rate for asthma surpasses state average
The summit Friday was a first step to reviving the South Texas Asthma Coalition, which has been dormant for several years.

Seen on the SAISD web site, 16 February, 2018
Jefferson High School achieves International Baccalaureate World School status
“A rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that takes the whole student into account, so that they can then become successful global citizens.”

Seen on KENS 5, 16 February, 2018
Latching onto hope at San Antonio’s Baby Café
97 percent of visitors are able to initiate breastfeeding after a trip to the cafe. Additional resources for baby CPR, nutrition, and post-partum depression are also available to new parents.

Seen on mysa.com, 16 February, 2018
San Antonio martial arts school offering free year of training to anyone who turns in assault weapon
“My primary goal is to work with people that want to learn how to manage their anger and fear differently.”

Seen on FOX 29, 16 February, 2018
Program helps underprivileged kids ‘Suit Up’ for life
It means to step up. It means to suit up and get ready, so we’re going to get them ready for the world,” Perry said. “We talk to them about important things in life, like violence and also staying in school.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 February, 2018
More than 500 units of blood donated in 48 hours for 7-year-old battling cancer
Dev Reddy has rare blood type making blood donations difficult.

Seen on KSAT 12, 17 February, 2018
Volunteers clean up San Antonio streets in citywide Community Service Day
There were 2,500 volunteers working on service projects in different parts of the city. These projects ranged from cleaning up parks to painting over graffiti.

Found in the Rivard Report, 17 February, 2018
Save the Children: The Case for Early Childhood Education
The single biggest step the people and leaders of San Antonio can take to make the coming years more equitable and prosperous for everyone is to expand early childhood education and social services.

Leer en La Prensa, 17 February, 2018
Tip Top Café continúa su apoyo a The 100 Club of San Antonio [Tip Top Café continues its support for The 100 Club of San Antonio]
“Nuestro programa más nuevo es el asesoramiento de afrontamiento. No solo es para las familias de los sobrevivientes, sino también para los oficiales, bomberos y sus familias en general.” [“Our newest program is coping counseling. It is not only for the families of the survivors, but also for the officers, firemen and their families in general.”]

Seen on KENS 5, 18 February, 2018
Therapy dog hired at San Antonio dental office
“We rescued Macie and took her through the Canine Good Citizens training program at Petco. Now she’s working with patients and helping them to overcome their anxiety.”

Seen on KENS 5, 18 February, 2018
Teen launching first-of-its-kind S.A. pediatric pancreatitis program
“I basically want to have San Antonio be a haven for these kids. So, they can come in from all over the world and be able to receive this treatment they need.”

Seen on FOX 29, 19 February 2018
Police begin 2-week grace period for outstanding misdemeanor warrants
Class C misdemeanor violations include mostly traffic violations.

Seen on KENS 5, 19 February, 2018
#BlackPantherChallenge trying to send East San Antonio kids to the movie
“We have kids in San Antonio that need to see themselves on the big screen.”

Found in the San Antonio Observer, 13 February, 2018
Prince Hall Shriners Assist Local Kids
Donated $1,000 in school supplies to students of Bella Cameron and Dorie Miller Elementary Schools.

Found in La Prensa, 15 February, 2018
El equipo Rampage y fanáticos honraron a sobrevivientes de cáncer [Rampage and fans honored cancer survivors AT&T Center]
El dinero recaudado fue donado a la organización Susan G. Komen Foundation de San Antonio, cuya misión es salvar vidas mediante chequeos médicos, tratamientos e investigación para la cura del cáncer.[The money raised was donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of San Antonio, whose mission is to save lives through medical checkups, treatments and research to cure cancer.]

Read in the Express-News, 20 February, 2018
Florida shooting prompts letter-writing campaign by San Antonio students
“We kind of came up with this idea that if we get enough people to speak passionately about something, someone has to listen to us.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 Februart, 2018
Councilman calls on faith-based organizations to tackle homeless issues plaguing SA
“Homelessness requires care, compassion and love. That’s why we reached out to the faith-based community,” Brockhouse said.

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 February, 2018
Economic empowerment zone to help military spouses with job search
San Antonio is the first city in the country to become a zone.

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 February, 2018
More ‘Bigs’ needed to mentor ‘Littles’
” I finally felt like I had someone I could put all my trust in, and call my big brother, forever.”

Seen on Fox 29. 20 February, 2018
East Side neighbors say SAPD drug crackdown yields results
“I think the cops are breaking down all this for everybody’s safety and it’s a good thing a very good thing.”

Seen on Fox News, 20 February, 2018
Thousands of potholes repaired last year, officials say
“To actually revitalize a neighborhood you have to start from the ground up.”

Found in the Express-News, 18 February, 2018
Have courageous conversations in the classroom
There is a resistance to having honest conversations on issues such as race and segregation — which cannot be ignored any longer.

Found in the Rivard Report, 21 February, 2018
San Antonio City Contracts: Where Small Business Made Big Gains in 2017
“It’s an opportunity to help us to grow, and we are able to know that money is going to come for sure, so we are able to hire people and pay taxes. When you have more money, you’re able to give more.”

Found on Waheeda Thawerbhoy Kara’s Facebook page, 21 February, 2018
Ethics in Action SA exhibition for Aga Khan Development Network
Inclusiveness; Education and Research; Compassion and Sharing; Self Reliance; Respect for Life and Healthcare; Sustainable Environment; Sound Mind and Governance.


. . . is a grassroots movement that promotes, supports and celebrates San Antonio’s commitment to be a world-class compassionate city: one where the civic government, the religious and volunteer organizations, the businesses, the community and its educational institutions come together to recognize the importance and value of compassion in the life of a city and by doing so create an ethos of compassion and a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. #compassionateSA

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