Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Texas Tribune holds McAllen screening of border documentary

20190610 BorderHustleScreeningSTWhen Texas Tribune Investigative Reporter Jay Root interviewed a Honduran man named Carlos at an immigrant detention facility last summer, Root found a much bigger story to tell.

Root was covering the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy that reportedly saw more than 3,000 children be forcibly separated from their parents and placed into shelters or foster care-while their parents were prosecuted for entering the country illegally.

Though the administration initially reported 3,000 children were separated from their families, a January 2019 article from the New York Times reports that the actual number is unknown due to a lack of a coordinated tracking system between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security.

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McAllen high school student assisting respite center with her own store

20190608 TheBroadwayStopSTWhile most students spend their summer vacation resting after months of hard work at school, one incoming senior at McAllen ISD’s Lamar Academy is putting her business skills to use by accomplishing her dream of opening a store-all for a good cause.

Regina Daniella Martinez, 17, celebrated the grand opening of her store The Broadway Stop last Friday, June 7. The Stop is a clothing and accessory pop-up shop with products from a dozen local shops located at 311 S. Broadway Street located near the new location of the Sacred Heart Humanitarian Respite Center. The Center will donate a percentage of proceeds to purchase materials to be donated to the respite center.

“I wanted to help an amazing cause, Martinez said. “I’ve volunteered at the respite center before and I see they run purely on volunteers and donated items and wanted to do something to help.”

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Fire leaves Sharyland family homeless

20190604 FireYears of memories for one family in Mission went up in flames last week after their house was destroyed in a fire.

Firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 3800 block of San Daniel Street in the Sharyland Plantation community Friday, May 31 at around 7:30 p.m. where they encountered a one-story home with the garage fully engulfed in flames.

“It took us two hours to fight the blaze,” Mission Assistant Fire Chief Robert R. Alvarez said.

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‘Carrying tradition:’ Sharyland High School graduates class of 2019

20190602 SHSGraduationFour years of high school came to an end Sunday for nearly 400 Sharyland High School students.

Hundreds of families filled the seats at the State Farm Arena Sunday, June 2, as they watched their loved one take the stage to receive their diploma, their final act as high school students.

Sharyland High School Principal Lori Ann Garza served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event and spoke of how proud she was of her students.

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Sharyland expanding Capturing Kids’ Hearts initiative

20190531 CapturingkidsHearsA national initiative that was implemented in the Sharyland school district last August to better connect students and teachers will expand to other campuses this coming school year.

On Tuesday, Sharyland school board members unanimously voted to expand the Capturing Kids’ Hearts Program across all junior high school campuses and Donna Wernecke Elementary and John H. Shary Elementary schools.

The program aims to have students and teachers build relationships with each other to boost children’s self-esteem in school. It was introduced at Lloyd & Dolly Bentsen Elementary, Olivero Garza Elementary and Jessie L. Jensen last year where teachers and staff had to go through a two-day training for the program.

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Pioneer High School senior earns Girl Scout Gold Award

20190524 JasmineLealSTJasmine Leal was recently awarded the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.

Leal, a senior at Sharyland Pioneer High School, was one of the recipients of the 2019 Gold Award. According to press release from the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, the award recognizes the “extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls” who have “undertaken projects to help their communities” and “truly distinguished themselves as prominent leaders in their communities and as true change-makers.”

Leal will be attending the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the fall with the intent to transfer to Texas A&M University Kingsville. She plans on studying animal science with the hope of one day becoming a veterinarian.

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