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Seen on KENS 5, 21 February, 2018
Students benefit from San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo scholarships
Since its start the Rodeo has donated more than $186 million to what it calls a commitment to education.

Seen on KSAT 12, 21 February, 2018
Group of MacArthur High students petitioning for change in gun laws
The idea was their own and thought up to make schools safer for future generations.

Seen in the Rivard Report, 21 February 2018
Children’s Path to Academic, Economic Success Begins Before Birth
There is now ample scientific evidence that a mother’s abnormal metabolic state due to obesity, poor diet, and other environmental factors during the ensuing pregnancy will have a significant adverse effect on her offspring’s neurodevelopmental outcomes, including its cognitive abilities.

Found in Education Week, February 21, 2018
Mohammed Choudhury: Recognized for Leadership in Expanding School Choice
“We can’t let housing dictate the educational opportunities for all students. If our children can’t go to school together, they’re not going to learn to live together.”

Seen on Univision 41, 21 February, 2018
Clínica ofrece un novedoso tratamiento contra la adicción a fármacos [Clinic offers a new treatment against drug addiction]
Los pacientes que sufren de dolor son susceptibles a sufrir adicciones de fármacos opioides y son tratados en esta clínica. [Patients suffering from pain are susceptible to opioid drug addictions and are treated in this clinic.]

Seen on Fox 29, 22 February, 2018
Houston based group helping San Antonio launch program to keep students safe
Safe Walk Home Northside has been focusing on protecting kids walking to and from school.They are now partnering with neighbors on San Antonio’s West Side who want that same mission.

Found ion the Rivard Report, 23 February, 2018
Meet the 86 Volunteers Who Will Guide San Antonio’s Climate Plan
The so-called Climate Action and Adaptation Plan aims to guide San Antonio in helping meet the goals of the Paris Accord, an international agreement to reduce emissions of global warming gases.

Seen in the Rivard report. 23 February, 2018
Panelists: Small Business, Affordable Housing Can Help Fix SA’s Economic Disparity
“It is not a poor people’s issue, it’s an everybody issue.”

Seen on Fox 29, 22 February, 2018
Sex trafficking survivor determined to a make difference
“She’s like you’re in my jail, she was kinda holding my hand, (told me) I hope that you get the help that you need, I felt the human compassion.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 23 February, 2018
House Speaker Joe Straus Honored as ‘International Citizen of Year’
“Our capacity to give when our instinct is to take, to be open when our instinct is to be closed, is the hallmark of democratic progress.”

Seen on Kens 5, 23 February, 2018
Boy helps orphans, inspired by father’s journey
Gavin Wooldridge wants to help the same organization that helped raise his father.

Seen on, 23 February, 2018
VIA gathering San Antonio coders to tackle challenges at codeathon
The codeathon gives VIA a chance to support the community, and show it’s interested in looking at technology that could help it better serve its customers.

Read on Out in SA, 23 February, 2018
Applications for Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee Now Being Accepted
[Mayor] Nirenberg has committed to being an ally to the community saying his goal was to “be a mayor for all of San Antonio.”

Seen in the Express-News, 23 February, 2018
S.A. apartments test dog DNA to catch tenants who don’t scoop
“Everybody should know that old adage: No poop left behind. And it’s something we should all live by.”

Seen on KENS 5, 23 February, 2018
People Who Make SA Great: Traci Brodbeck of the San Antonio Roses
“It’s an absolute privilege to be able to head up this group of Roses because they’re just so supportive and so kind, and they just have this huge heart.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 23 February, 2018
UIW pharmacy school students learn to administer lifesaving, overdose-reversing drug
Recent reports show overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans younger than 50.

Seen on Fox 29, 23 February, 2018
School safety changes could impact your child’s mental health
“It’s important for our children to be known, to have someone who understands them and what they’re going through.”

Seen in the Express-News, 23 February, 2018
San Antonio traffic deaths spiked in 2016 — but dropped in 2017
Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales: “I definitely think this decline is due to a collective effort, involving things like better engineering, dedicated bike lanes, improvements in crosswalks and better lighting.”

Seen in the Rivard Report, 24 February, 2018
Town Hall Draws ‘Climate Champions’ With Aims of Greater Inclusion
“Climate change is global, but the impacts as well as the ability to manage it are on the local level.”

Seen on NOWCastSA, 24 February, 2018
Keynote by @Ron_Nirenberg in English y @ErikaProsper en Español @ National #Latino Children’s #Literature Conference
Mayor Nirenberg: “I believe that this is not just a city in the world but a city of the world.”

Seen on Spectrum News, 23 February, 2018
A birthday tradition helps lighten the load for children at RYMA
Suitcase drive: “The symbolism of having everything you own in a garbage bag, when you already feel a little bit like garbage, it’s pretty devastating for them.”

Seen in Out in SA, 24 February, 2018
SA Women’s Day March to Emphasize ‘Positive Social Change’
Now in its 28th year, the theme of this year’s march, “We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For!” (¡Somos A Quien Estábamos Esperando!), emphasizes that the women of San Antonio are like women and girls all over the world who serve as “the voices of conscience, the roots of change and the leaders of local and global movements.”

Seen on the Texas A&M SA Twitter feed, 25 February, 2018
Choose. Act. Impact.
Yesterday, we were proud to see students, faculty, staff, friends and family members join together for Choose. Act. Impact. Day, a day-long service project assisting organizations in need across our community.

Found on the Salud America web site, 14 February, 2018
Project Helps Doctors Understand Patients’ Life Issues
The reasons people seek medical care are not limited to physical or emotional concerns but are also affected by housing, transportation and the ability to eat regularly.

Found in the Express-News, 19 February, 2018
Texas Power Broker Gomez fights for high-scale development on South Side at Brooks
Our city is better when we have a diversity of communities and neighborhoods, but all of them should have economic opportunity.

Seen on KENS 5, 25 February, 2018
iFLY creates a memorable day for those with disabilities
The day was dedicated to everyone, all ages with a disability, whether it’s autism, down syndrome, a physical disability, or blindness.

Seen on WOAI New Radio, 25 February, 2018
Bexar County Moves to Embrace ‘Therapeutic Justice’
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the system includes punishment and restitution, but it also recognizes the root causes of crime, and helps the offender deal with them.

Seen in the Express-News, 25 February, 2018
Emma Tenayuca’s work continues to inspire
If you see something that’s unfair, speak up.

Seen in the Express-News, 26 February, 2018
Haven for Hope’s cattery gets a ‘purr-fect’ facelift
The cattery and dog kennel were built because clients wouldn’t leave their pets to get services and the animals provide therapeutic benefits.

Seen in the Rivard Report, 26 February, 2018
SA Kids to Imagine Their Future City in Interactive DoSeum Exhibition
Dream Tomorrow Today will culminate in “Calls to Action,” offering “next steps” for parents and children to connect their creative, social-minded energy to the city’s nonprofit organizations that offer potential solutions to current problems.

Seen on Fox 29, 26 February, 2018
SAPD Officer from East Side gives back to community
In a community where police officers are not always trusted, people respond differently to Hardin because he’s lived on these streets, he knows them and he understands them.

Seen in the Express-News, 26 February, 2018
Mills takes ‘high road’ after racist incident in Cleveland
It gave him a platform to “educate kids to understand how to properly handle these types of situations (and) overcome it…how to take the high road, be proud of who you are and stand strong for who you are.”

Also seen on KKENS 5, 26 February, 2018
Mills takes high road on racial taunts hurled at him Sunday in Cleveland
” I’ve been over here now with the Spurs for seven seasons, and for me to be in this community, I’ve also seen how important it is for me to be a role model for these kids, for blacks, Hispanics, minorities throughout the San Antonio community. It’s something I’ve taken a lot of pride in and something that I enjoy doing.”

Seen in Out in SA, 27 February, 2018
Bexar County Adds LGBT Protections to EEO Policy
Makes Bexar County the second county in Texas, after Dallas County, to amend its EEO policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

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