All SAISD Harris Middle School 8th grade students in the Middle Year Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate presented Tuesday on their 15 hours of research and action on a community issue. Just look at all of the great ideas to make our city a better place! Every Wednesday with publish the Compassionate San Antonio news roundup. If you want the news sooner, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate actions!

We love this Valentine’s Day display at Olmos Elementary in SAISD. Choose to be kind!

Found in the Express-News, 30 January, 2019
San Antonio medical students offer hands-on lessons to high schoolers
A partnership started in 2017 between the medical school and Southside ISD aims to improve poor health outcomes and address chronic health issues in the area, which occur at higher rates than the rest of Bexar County and statewide.

Seen on FOX 29, 30 January, 2019
Local foster care system undergoing overhaul to better serve kids
“We will have a very trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive entry into the foster care system that currently doesn’t exist.”

Seen on Spectrum, 30 January, 2019
City Awards $500K to Future Dental Program at Palo Alto College
The new space will also serve as a community clinic with fees on a sliding fee scale based on a patient’s ability to pay for services.

Visto en KWEX 49, 30 de enero, 2019
Inicia construcción de una clínica de higiene dental en San Antonio [Start of construction of a dental hygiene clinic in San Antonio]
Gracias a una donación del concejal Rey Saldaña, esta nueva instalación ofrecerá en dos años servicios a niños y adultos de la comunidad. [Thanks to a donation from Councilman Rey Saldaña, this new facility will offer services to children and adults in the community in two years.]

Seen on KSAT 12, 31 January, 2019
SA advocate for victims of priest sex abuse anxiously awaits list of accused offenders
“Oftentimes, victims haven’t felt listened to or believed. It also empowers them. They feel like they are no longer alone. It empowers them to come forward.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 30 January, 2019
Growing up Mexican, but not learning to speak Spanish
Joaquin Castro: “I hope American society continues to progress so that no one feels shamed into disowning part of their identity.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 30 January, 2019
San Antonio Climate Ready: City Releases Draft Of Ambitious Plan
The city is expected to add nearly a million residents by 2040. The plan hopes to end use of CPS Energy’s coal-fired plants within 30 years, decarbonize the electric grid and work with multiple sectors that produce greenhouse gasses, including transportation and waste treatment.

Found in the Current, 29 January, 2019

Char Miller: More than anything, that segregated, unequal approach to San Antonio’s modern development is the real ghost that haunts the city.

Found in the Express-News, 30 January, 2019
La Puerta, a safe place for sex trafficking victims to heal, is ready to open in San Antonio
La Puerta, which encompasses 8,000 square feet, has 16 beds and a host of services for people ages 5 to 17 who’ve either been sex-trafficked, are suspected of being trafficked or are at risk of being bought and sold for sex.

Visto en KWEX 49, 31 de enero de 2019.
Abrir “La Puerta”, un refugio para víctimas del tráfico sexual en San Antonio [“La Puerta”, a shelter for victims of sex trafficking, opens in San Antonio]
Los informes indican que más de 100 menores traficados han sido rescatados y tratados en San Antonio hasta el momento en 2019. Los niños pueden permanecer en el refugio hasta 90 días mientras reciben atención. [Reports indicate that more than 100 trafficked minors have been rescued and treated in San Antonio so far in 2019. Children can stay in the shelter for up to 90 days while receiving care.]

Found in the Rivard Report, 31 January, 2019
From Med School to the Streets: UIW Students Take Care Directly to Homeless
First-year medical students at UIW get their emergency medical technician (EMT) certification, so they can provide basic medical care such as dressing wounds and taking vitals.

Found in San Antonio Woman. Jan/Feb 2019
From Quantico to Cookies: Major General Angie Salinas
“Where else can you go today to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout law, which is good resource management, and treat people with respect … all those things?”

Found in San Antonio Magazine, February 2019
Big Ideas Changing San Antonio
5 dreams that locals are turning into realities—all with the potential to transform life in San Antonio (and beyond) in both little and big ways. #1: Saint City Supper Club: Success in the Culinary Industry Doesn’t Have to Come at the Price of Self Care #2: @SA2020 ConnectSA: SA’s Transportation Problems Won’t Be Solved with Construction #3 @SanAntonioSAI: Street Art Can Transform the Culture of a City #4 @safoodbank: Reducing Food Waste Can Help Decrease Community Hunger #5: South Texas Trauma-Informed Care Consortium: Addressing Childhood Trauma Will Improve Public Health.

Found in the Rivard Report, 2 February, 2019
Nirenberg Supports Mobile Shower Truck for Homeless but Wants Sustainable Plan
Dist 1 councilman Roberto Trevino: “…Bottom line, we are a compassionate city, and this is the gesture of a compassionate council.”

Seen on KENS 5, 2 February, 2019
Medio Elementary School dedicates ‘Jump Rope For Heart’ to one of their own
Throughout the month, @swisd kids will go door to door, neighbor to neighbor, relative to relative, to raise money for the @AHASanAntonio.

Seen on KSAT 12, 1 February, 2019
Students take field trip to dentist office
UT Health San Antonio’s School of Dentistry students and residents welcomed more than 250 Edgewood ISD students to their campus for free preventive dental care.

Found in the Express-News, 1 February, 2019
Trinity kicks off 150th anniversary by giving back to San Antonio
As part of the sesquicentennial, the university is aiming to complete 150,000 hours of community service in the next year, Trinity’s president, Danny Anderson, said.

Found on the UTSA web site, 31 January, 2019
UTSA continues long tradition of inclusivity with announcement of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies department
“We know that students who learn in an open and inclusive environment succeed, and this department will be part of cultivating that success.”

Found in the Express-News, 3 February, 2019
Why affordable housing and transit matter here
Endemic poverty here, and the exhausting struggle to stay above the poverty line, is not nearly as visible as it should be because San Antonio is a divided city.

Seen on FOX 7 (Austin), 4 February, 2019
What could Austin learn from San Antonio’s homeless shelter model?
“Befriending people and loving on people where they are, and going to them, lets them know that, ‘Hey this person must care about me if he’s coming to me.’”

Seen on KENS 5, 5 February, 2019
Out with the junk, in with the greens: SA company focusing on employee health with fresh food-stocked vending machines
The company is doing all it can to make sure employees stay healthy and happy.

Seen on KSAT 12, 5 February, 2019
San Antonio ISD bus driver gets students excited about reading
SAISD’s Rolling Readers Program gives students access to Wi-Fi on the way to school and on the way home, as well as access to Kindles.

Visto en KWEX 49, 5 de febrero de 2019
Iniciativa busca enseñar a los estudiantes oportunidades de trabajo en San Antonio [Initiative seeks to teach students job opportunities in San Antonio]
Las empresas participan en “Job Shadow Day”, cuando más de 3,000 estudiantes de secundaria visitaron 130 lugares de trabajo y aprendieron lo que se necesita para obtener un empleo. [Businesses participate in “Job Shadow Day”, when more than 3,000 high school students visited 130 workplaces and learned what is needed to obtain employment.]

Visto en Univision 60, 5 de febrero de 2019
Caridades Católicas se prepara ante llegada de caravana [Catholic Charities prepares before arrival of caravan]
“Hemos hablado con representantes de la ciudad de San Antonio para estar seguros de que si alguna persona viene aquí a San Antonio, que estemos preparados”. [“We have spoken with representatives of the city of San Antonio to be sure that if any person comes here to San Antonio, we are prepared.”]


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