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Thursday, April 5 was not only International Golden Rule Day (treat others as you wish to be treated yourself) but it was also “reveal day” for thousands of cardboard kids, positioned all over town as part of the ChildSafe campaign to raise awareness about child abuse. The ones pictured above were created by the students at NISD Communications Arts HS. Every Wednesday we publish this news roundup of compassionate acts. If you want to see them as we find them, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA.


Seen on KSAT 12, 5 April, 2018
Cardboard Kids Campaign aims to raise awareness of child abuse, neglect
ChildSafe displays 104,000 cardboard cutouts around SA.


Seen on FOX 29, 4 April, 2018
Dress for Success San Antonio encourages women to look their best
Dress for Success San Antonio equips women with clarity of vocational goals and purpose, clothing for interviews and employment and competency in essential employing skills.


Seen on Univision 41, 4 April, 2018
Líderes comunitarios y autoridades de Bexar discuten estrategias para acabar con el abuso infantil [Community leaders and Bexar County officials discuss strategies to end child abuse]
Ante las preocupantes cifras del abuso infantil en el condado Bexar se realizó este foro destinado a generar esfuerzos para detenerlo. [Given the worrying figures of child abuse in Bexar County, this forum was held to generate efforts to stop it.]


Seen on FOX 29, 4 April, 2018
SA City Councilwomen advocate for gender diversity on boards and commissions
Their hesitation isn’t based on the nominee’s qualifications, but more about the lack of gender diversity on the all-male CPS board.


Heard on Texas Public Radio, 5 April, 2018
San Antonio ISD’s Plan To Disrupt Economically Segregated Schools
The district is trying something new: weighing the lottery in five open-enrollment schools to make sure they stay socioeconomically diverse.


Seen on Spectrum News, 5 April, 2018
Alta Vista Skateshop selling skateboard art to benefit Roy Maas kids
Funds raised will help kids from the Roy Maas Meadowland Home receive new skateboards.


Seen on FOX 29, 5 April, 2018
Drug addicted granny credits SAPD officers for new life
Veteran officers, Joe Farris and Monty McCann, stopped issuing tickets to homeless people and instead offered rides to shelters, provided basic necessities and assisted them with obtaining identification cards. Mosley credited them with saving her life.


Read in the Express-News, 5 April, 2018
SAFC star and former teammate paying it forward
The future of American soccer . . . might be found in places such as the practice pitch located in the boonies on the far Southside, down a two-lane country road, across the street from a garbage dump and a million metaphorical miles from the U.S. national soccer development structure.


Seen on KSAT 12, 5 April, 2018
Child from Philippines given gift of cochlear implant with help from Ear Institute of Texas
Roanne Pait, 5, has had profound hearing loss since he was 18 months old.


Seen in the Express-News, 5 April, 2018
SAHA, developers seek to ramp up West Side housing
Developments could provide alternate housing for tenants wishing to remain in the neighborhood if Alazan Courts public housing, built in 1940, is torn down and redeveloped.


Seen on Spectrum News, 5 April, 2018
Premier High School students on mission to find beloved teacher a kidney
“I’ve been going to restaurants and Starbucks or cafes, any business that would allow us to post up the fliers,’ said Mia Salas-Rios, a student.


Found in San Antonio Magazine, April, 2018
The new DoSeum CEO believes curiosity and wonder are the foundation for youth learning
we have to encourage teachers to take risks in their teaching before we can ask learners to take risks in their thinking. We have to model these global competencies.


Seen in Out in SA, April 2, 2018
Recording Artist Jennifer Knapp Comes to SA to Discuss: Can You Be Gay and Christian?
“Our faith communities are not obstacles to LGBT social justice, but rather a growing force in reminding us all to love each of our neighbors as ourselves.”


Seen in the Express-News, 5 April, 2018
San Antonio sets high goal for people to get HIV test in April
The ambitious goal is 4,000 residents taking the test during April; Metro Health’s mobile unit typically provides 4,000 free tests in 12 months.


Seen on KENS 5, 6 April, 2018
SA mom on a mission to make prom magical for teens in need
The 2018 prom will be the 4th year of Project Prom Dress.


Found in the Rivard Report, 6 April, 2018
Seven SA Educators Get a School-Day Surprise: Excellence Awards
The H-E-B Excellence in Education program awarded finalist teachers a $1,000 personal check and $1,000 for their campus; principals received a $1,000 personal check and $2,500 for their campus.


Seen on KSAT 12, 6 April, 2018
Woman gives back after getting free automotive makeover
Carfest repairs vehicles free of charge for needy recipients.


Found in the Rivard Report, 7 April, 2018
Sharing Drives Change, Shapes Futures in San Antonio
The problem of education is everyone’s problem, as it will affect every aspect of this community for generations to come.


Found in the Rivard Report, 7 April, 2018
Addressing More Than Just Students’ Educational Needs in Southside ISD
What we are seeing is students are doing better when you take care of the physical health, the bills, the hunger. They are doing better academically, athletically. It is all hand-in-hand, and it is going to continue to be positive.


Found in La Prensa, 7 April, 2018
Yes! Our Kids Can impulsa a los niños a seguir estudiando [Yes! Our Kids Can encourages children to continue studying]
Esta nueva iniciativa digital impulsa tanto a los niños, como a los padres de familia, a pensar en su futuro, y en que pueden continuar estudiando sin importar su posición social. [This new digital initiative encourages both children and parents to think about their future, and that they can continue studying regardless of their social position.]


Found on the UTSA web site, 4 April, 2018
UTSA launches new website for bias incidents reporting
As active bystanders, member of the campus community are encouraged to report bias incidents online.


Found (belatedly) on the Palo Alto College web site, 19 February, 2018
Project Access students succeed; program grows
In fall 2016, the Palo Alto College launched Project Access, a program for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities to take college-level courses to earn their 16-credit General Office Level 1 Certificate and acquire necessary skills for gainful employment and a successful future.


Seen on FOX 29, 7 April, 2018
More than 200 REHABARAMA volunteers help fix up Highland Park homes
REHABARAMA focuses on hands-on preservation of historic resources and serves as an educational tool for those interested in the preservation trades.


Found on the PreK4SA Facebook page, 6 April, 2018
Gracias San Antonio: Children Are Citizens Project
PreK4SA students voted to donate the proceeds of their art auction to the Children’s Shelter.


Seen on KENS 5, 7 April, 2018
SA VisionWalk raises money and awareness for blindness
Since the walk started in San Antonio 10 years ago, organizers and volunteers have been able to raise $1.3 million in research funds.


Found in the Rivard Report, 8 April, 2018
Bloodbuzz: Chronicling a Horse’s Journey from Neglect to the Charreada
Bonnie Arbittier’s photo exhibition opens Saturday, April 14, 7-10 p.m.at S.M.A.R.T Projectspace, 1906 S. Flores.


Read in the Express-News, 8 April, 2018
Faith, poetry drive former gang member
He’s inspiring crowds and is releasing book of verses about his turbulent life.


Seen on KENS 5, 7 April, 2018
Forever Family: Vinnie Vinzetta and his passion for adoption and children
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Seen on KENS 5, 7 April, 2018
‘Touch a Truck’ event puts tots in tanker trucks
A community fundraising event in Stone Oak gave kids an experience they’ll likely never forget.


Seen on KSAT 12, 7 April, 2018
Food insecurity can lead to family violence, new UTSA study says
“My goal is to take the best of developmental science, take the best of public health knowledge and apply it to the earliest stages of life as a crime prevention tool,” [Dr. Dylan] Jackson said.


Seen on Spectrum News, 7 April, 2018
ACS explains difficult decision to euthanize 33 of 49 dogs rescued from cruelty situation
“The shelter currently has a 93% placement rate and ordering euthanasia is the hardest decision we make.”


Seen on KENS 5, 7 April, 2018
Dozens join Mayor Nirenberg to stay fit while giving back
“We were able to get healthy and exercise and burn some calories and give back to our community.”


Seen in the Rivard Report, 7 April, 2018
Hemisfair’s 50th Anniversary Party Kicks Off With Music, Art, and History
“In 1968 San Antonio was, and in 2018 San Antonio remains, a beacon of diversity done right.”


Found in the Rivard Report, 9 April, 2018
San Antonio Book Festival A World Without Walls
It was a great day to be an American in San Antonio, where all that we share in common unfolded on a brisk, chilly day and the literary arts spread warmth, obscuring that which divides us.


Seen on KENS 5, 9 April, 2018
‘Conserveza’ beer supports San Antonio Zoo conservation efforts
The name of the beer is a combination of the words “conservation” and cerveza, which means “beer” in Spanish.


Seen on KSAT 12, 9 April, 2018
Children’s Bereavement Center helps guide mother, children through grief of Sutherland Springs shooting
Children are able to use paint, clay, glass art, and puppets to communicate and express their experience.


Seen on FOX 29, 9 April 2018
Be SMART campaign teaches parents about gun safety
The campaign prepares parents, grandparents and guardians to ask about the presence of firearms in the home when sending children to a friend’s house for a play date.


Read in the Express-News, 9 April, 2018
After 128 years, Christopher Columbus Italian Society now admits women
“It’s the 21st century and it’s time to move on.”


Found in KSAT 12, 9 April, 2018
San Antonio’s Rape Crisis Center challenges community to break the cycle of abuse
“Of paramount importance to us is that the survivor is believed. Yes, something happened to you and that is not OK.”


Seen on KSAT 12, 9 April, 2018
Family Justice Center offers unique way to combat domestic violence
“The only way we can break the cycle is if we impact these kids in a positive way and address these issues while they’re young so they don’t grow up thinking that this is acceptable.”


Vista en Univision 41, 9 April, 2018
Boricuas en San Antonio: una mano amiga a puertorriqueños que llegan a la ciudad [Boricuas in San Antonio: a helping hand for Puerto Ricans arriving in the city]
La asociación de puertorriqueños en San Antonio, además de promover la cultura de la isla, ahora se está enfocando en apoyar a los boricuas recién llegados a la ciudad para poder obtener un empleo, un hogar e integrarse fácilmente a una nueva vida.[The Puerto Rican association in San Antonio, in addition to promoting the culture of the island, is now focusing on supporting Puerto Rican newcomers to the city to get a job, a home and easily integrate into a new life.]


Found on Spectrum News, 10 April, 2018
Texas veterans gear up for adaptive cycling camp
“You get them out on the bike and you start to see those changes happen.”


Found in the New Yorker, 16 April, 2018
How Far Can Becky Hammon Go in the N.B.A.?
Coach Pop: “Talking is… a huge part of what we do, because it helps them love each other, it helps them feel responsible to each other, it helps them want to work for and with each other.”


Seen in the Express-News, 0 April, 2018
UIW Sisters to host Sunday Tricentennial festival at university
[Sr. Martha Ann] Kirk says the compassion of the immigrant women 149 years ago was “the seed of our city of growing compassion today.”


Seen on KSAT 12, 10 April, 2018
Women in community making history in health care
“As we are mentoring and leading our colleagues and young people coming through the ranks, it’s important for them to see that people who look like me, people that look like you have the ability to and the chance and the opportunity to lead organizations that are great.”


Seen on FOX 29, 10 April 2018
Fiesta is all about benefiting the community
Every official Fiesta event is sponsored by a non-profit or military organization and all the money raised is given back from those organizations throughout the year.


Vista en Univision 41, 10 April, 2018
Adultos mayores disfrutan de la Fiesta de la Primavera en San Antoni0 [Older adults enjoy the Spring Festival in San Antonio]
Más de 2,000 personas de la tercera edad disfrutan de la Fiesta de la Primavera, ellos representan a 50 centros de nutrición, durante el evento cada centro coronó a su rey y reina por hacer el mejor trabajo en su comunidad. [More than 2,000 seniors representing 50 nutrition centers enjoy the Spring Festival; during the annual event each center crowns as its king and queen those who have donethe best work in their communities.]


Found in the San Antonio Observer, 10 April, 2018
Local NAACP Branch celebrates 100 Years of Fighting for Justice, Equality
“We are still fighting the same battle. . . We can’t stop and we won’t stop until victory is won.”


COMPASSIONATE SAN ANTONIO . . .

. . . 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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