Dist. 8 Councilman Manny Palaez grabbed a cup of coffee at the “Expresso-Yourself” drive-thru coffee stand at Rawlinson Middle School, a club that teaches special ed students job/life skills. Clark HS junior Bella Muwlani created the program as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Found on KENS5, 20 April 2018
Cafe Expresso Yourself brews success at Rawlinson Middle School
“We no longer look at the differences because, again, the kids in the hallway are saying hello and it’s really about bringing everyone together and talking to each other in real life.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 18 April, 2018
Mayor Appoints 15-Member LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee
At a more systematic level, [we need to] look at how discrimination in housing and employment and education and health care has a cumulative effect on LGBTQ people that can put us at great disadvantages and sometimes places of risk.”

Also found in Out inSA and the Current, 18 April, 2018
Fifteen Named to Mayor Nirenberg’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee
The selection of the committee makes good on Nirenberg’s promise to “be a mayor for all of San Antonio.”

Found on the Salud America web site, 19 April, 2018
Latina Nutritionist Starts a School Food Pantry to Feed Hungry Kids in San Antonio
Jenny Arredondo, San Antonio ISD’s child nutrition senior executive director, has now helped start food pantries on seven campuses.

Seen on KENS 5, 19 April, 2018
SpinXpress and Goodwill of SA rescue clothes left behind at the laundromat
The clothing donated by SpinXpress will be turned into meaningful training, education and career services right here in San Antonio.

Found in the Express-News, 19 April, 2018
New BiblioTech opens on East Side, aims to bridge digital divide
“Access is power. In this digital and virtual age of technology, people need access to be included and to be informed.”

Seen in the Express-News, 20 April, 2018
As Pop mourns, world sees what it missed
We have no idea what people carry. Even those we see every day, the ones we laugh with, break bread with and spar with, the ones we cheer and we boo, do not let us in on everything.

Seen in the Express-News, 20 April, 2018
The Fiesta formula: Keep it local
“The best festivals are the ones where the barriers come down and you can see other cultures, try different food and music, meet new people. That’s what I think of when I think of Fiesta.”

Seen in the Express-News, 20 April, 2018
S.A. students call for gun control; high school walkouts widespread
“We’re here … to reject the idea that more guns is what we need, and to remind the world that teens shouldn’t fear for their lives every day, or plan escape routes out of buildings or have nightmares about getting shot,” said Erika Howlett, the lead organizer.

Also found in the Rivard Report, 20 April, 2018
San Antonio Students Protest Gun Violence as Part of National Walkout
“Any of those victims could have been us.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 April, 2018
USAA Debuts New Innovation, Co-Working Space
Among the innovations the company is piloting in its new facility is a so-called “empathy lab” – a room that uses smart home technology and wearables to detect when someone has a PTSD episode.

Found on KSAT 12, 20 April, 2018
‘Wonders and Worries’ offers free support for children of sick parents
Nonprofit program dedicated to helping children ages 2-18.

Found on FOX 29, 20 April, 2018
Puerto Rican refugees continue education in San Antonio schools
Of 212 Puerto Rican refugee students enrolled in major school districts in the San Antonio area after Hurricane Maria, 164 are still enrolled.

Found in the Express-News, 21 April, 2018
Teachers from SAISD, Alamo Heights win Trinity prize
“I believe in every kid, no matter what their background is, whatever people say their background might be. I try to give every kid a chance.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 April, 2018
North Side residents, city officials plant trees ahead of Earth Day
100 smaller trees were given to residents.

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 April, 2018
Families without wills stalling West Side community development
City holding housing fair Saturday to help citizens with wills, titles and home.

Seen on KENS 5, 20 April 2018
Fiesta Oyster Bake helps St. Mary’s students with tuition every year
Last year, the Oyster Bake helped more than 60 students with financial aid and St. Mary’s is hoping to top that this year.

Found in the Rivard Report, 21 April, 2018
Film Festival Highlights Nonprofits Through the Eyes of High Schoolers
Students select the nonprofit organization they want to work with from seven categories, including living with disabilities, food service, community service, and animal care.

Follow-up in the Rivard Report, 24 April, 2018
High School Film Festival Awards Presented At Tobin Center
Jefferson’s winning video focused on Snack Pak 4 Kids, a San Antonio nonprofit that provides weekend food supplements to chronically hungry kids.

Found in the Rivard Report, 21 April, 2018
After Walkout, Advanced Learning Academy Students Ask, ‘What’s Next?’
“Do something, and don’t just do it once,” State Rep. Diego Bernal told the audience of more than 100 students.

Seen on KSAT 12, 21 April, 2018
Nonprofit, volunteers build bunk beds for children in need
Many of those who received the beds had been sleeping on the floor; more donations & volunteers are needed reach goal of 500 beds by the end of the year.

Also seen on FOX 29, 21 April, 2018
Bed builders give children the gift of a good night’s sleep
“As a mother of three children I can’t imagine children not having a bed to sleep on and so I knew this was something I felt that I wanted to do and needed to do.”

Seen on FOX 29, 21 April, 2018
H-E-B giving away eco-friendly bags for Earth Day
Made from at least 80 percent recycled plastic bottles, the bags represent its commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship.

Found in Trinity University Magazine, Spring, 2018
Living for HOPE
Outreach-oriented residence hall celebrates five years; HOPE Hall residents have completed an estimated 18,000 hours of community service in the greater San Antonio community.

Found on the St. Mary’s University web site, 16 April, 2018
Law student’s art book brightens futures for refugees

“I’ll only be in San Antonio for three years. It seems like I’m benefiting a lot from the community, and it seems almost inappropriate to get these benefits from the community and not be engaging in it,” Bright said. “I’m part of the community. I have a role.”

Found in the Express-News, 22 April, 2018
Digital ID tag updates missing pet notices
Tag & basic account is free: anyone with a smartphone can scan the badge and alert a pet owner that their animal has been found.

Found in the Rivard Report, 23 April, 2018
‘Be Amazing’: City Council Should Block Deansteel Project To Protect Southtown and a Legacy
Artists come from all over the world to San Antonio to share locally with us a global view that says, We’re all connected, and we have a responsibility to look out for one another.

Seen on KENS 5, 23 April, 2018
SAPD tests new alert system to help officers track down missing children
At Fiesta this year, officers are equipped with an iPhone to receive lost child alerts and help spread the message quickly.

Seen on CNN, 21 April, 2018
Morgan’s Wonderland
At Morgan’s Wonderland those with special needs and those without can come together to learn and play.

Found on KENS 5, 23 April, 2018
Military kid finds mission in San Antonio
She works for City Year, a non-profit that mentors, tutors and helps find role models for kids in the San Antonio Independent School District.

Found in the Dallas Morning News, 22 April, 2018
Naomi Shihab Nye on the power of listening to life: ‘The wind never says/Call me back’
“Poetry makes you feel you’re not alone in the universe.”

Read in the Current, 23 April, 2018
CPS Invests in Low-Emission Fleet Vehicles as Part of Its Green Push
The purchase of 34 hybrids marks the largest purchase of Plug-In F-150s by by any utility or private company and the first by any in Texas.

 Found on Univision 41, 23 April, 2018
Familias boricuas afectadas por el huracán María reciben departamentos en SA [Puerto Rican families affected by Hurricane Maria receive apartments in San Antonio]
Caridades Católicas ha ayudado a docenas de familias puertorriqueñas que perdieron todo en el huracán María para reconstruir sus vidas. [Catholic Charities has helped dozens of Puerto Rican families who lost everything in Hurricane Maria to rebuild their lives.]

Found on KSAT 12, 24 April, 2018
Charitable works of Fiesta help make life-saving work possible
Texas Cavaliers to donate $500K to Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

Also seen on Spectrum News, 24 April, 2018
Texas Cavaliers present check to San Antonio Children’s Hospital

Seen in the Rivard Report, 24 April, 2018
City Council to Consider Re-Adopting a Decriminalized Youth Curfew
City will employ a pilot program, focused in six zip codes across the Westside, Southside, and Eastside in areas with at-risk youth, to address the issues causing the curfew-breaking behaviors.

Also seen on KENS 5, 24 April, 2018
New curfew regulations more about progress than punishment
Dramatic changes appear to be coming to the curfew rules for local kids.

Read in the Express-News, 24 April, 2018
Inclusion and culture celebrated at Fiesta Especial
Sponsored by disABILITYsa, the free one-day event is part of a community-based education program that works to advance, educate and engage individuals with disabilities.

Seen on KSAT 12, 24 April, 2018
Rainbow Crosswalk nears finish line, thanks to Fiesta medal
$10,000 has already been raised. “The whole point of this is to bring awareness to show that we are a welcoming and inclusive community,” said Dist. 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño.

Seen on FOX 29, 25 April, 2018
Child Abuse advocate takes prevention into the classroom
“I don’t want to say quiet cause you can save someone’s life.”

Read in the Express-News, 25 April, 2018
DA office’s support gives opioid task force green light to pursue needle exchange program
People who used a needle exchange program in Seattle were five times more likely to enter drug treatment.


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