Release Date Dec. 16
Each of the children at the Head Start Center at Brookhaven College now has a new, warm coat for the winter. The Coats for Kids campaign started a few weeks ago, and Nita Drescher, Brookhaven College developmental reading professor, took a lead role in fundraising. More than $2,400 was raised, but it took a bit of luck to actually get 154 coats for the right price and on time. One retailer, in fact, backed out. But when Terri Edrich, Brookhaven College director of Human Resources, was at Macy’s department store explaining the project to a salesclerk, the district buyer for children’s clothing, Tom Hall, just happened to walk by. Mr. Hall decided to help and arranged to have coats sent from Macy’s stores all over the Metroplex (and even Oklahoma), and they arrived faster than volunteers could wrap them. On December 15th, Brookhaven College staff members delivered the boxes, each containing a new coat as a present.
Each semester, as part of the college’s Southern Sector Initiative, Daffne Bennett, Brookhaven College outreach and recruitment coordinator, puts together a workshop series for students taking English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes through Catholic Charities. Several college staff members volunteer and speak with parents about topics, such as financial aid, ESOL classes and career services. The 60 parents selected each fall and spring must have at least one child under the age of five and reside in the 75220 zip code zone. The Catholic Charities program is part of the Zero to Five Funders’ Collaborative to help prepare parents and children for success in school.
Early College High School at Brookhaven College
Rosie Oliveira, principal of the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College, and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources at Brookhaven College, recently made a presentation at the Early College High School Collaborative Retreat at South Texas College. Participants benefitting from this interactive presentation titled “ECHS Lessons Learned and Proven Practices” included school superintendents, as well as representatives from The University of Texas at Brownsville, The University of Texas-Pan American, and South Texas College.
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