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Changing a mind-set: Education comes first
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Dr. Rita Pierson
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Dr. Rita Pierson, a community relations expert and licensed professional counselor, will be at the Refugio High School auditorium to address the staff of Refugio ISD from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, then will lead a session for parents and community members from 5:30-7 p.m.

“Pierson has presented hundreds of workshops across the state of Texas and is adored for her humor and practical perspective on how parents can become more efficiently involved in the academic and social lives of their children,” said Lisa Herring, coordinator.

Pierson’s appearance at RISD is a direct result of a $200,000 grant awarded to RISD earlier this year from Texas Education Association (TEA).

One of 50 schools selected from the numerous school districts in Texas, RISD set up a Community Action Team (CAT) to oversee programs to enhance the focus of the grant— to change the mind-set of teachers, students, parents, community leaders and citizens to put school first, according to Lenny Anzaldua, parent representative on the CAT.

CAT consists of a teacher, administrator, parent, charitable organization and local leader.

The local team members are Lisa Herring, Todd Deaver, Robbie Ramirez, Frank Hosey and Lenny Anzaldua.

Before the grant was awarded, the five members had to attend a training session in Austin.

“Whether its is a trade school or four-year college, our kids should be thinking about college like they think of high school - one more step in the learning process,” said Lenny Anzaldua, parent representative.

Anzaldua said Pierson’s goal is to convince everyone to believe every kid is college material.

In addition to Pierson’s presentation, the high school art class will have an art exhibit on display in the foyer of the auditorium beginning at 4:30.

“Come early and admire the drawings of our aspiring young artists,” Herring said.

At 5:15, the drama club will perform a short play, followed by Dr. Pierson at 5:30.

Free childcare will be provided in the high school cafeteria for parents that want to attend Pierson’s session.

For those present at the close of the session, drawings will be held for a variety of door prizes made possible by generous donations from local businesses.

Refreshments will be served in the foyer at the end of the session.

“Please join us on Oct. 6,” Herring said. “You won’t want to miss this unique and inspirational presentation.”
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