First Lady Blog
Each May is celebrated as Older Americans Month, a time to honor and celebrate the many contributions of our senior citizens. This year the Administration for Community Living, which leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month, has designated the theme as “Engage at Every Age” which emphasizes the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities through service. That is why this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight is on Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse, two Senior Corps volunteers in San Angelo, and the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Senior Corps “Make a Difference” Award winners.
Governor Abbott has proclaimed May 6-12, 2018 as Texas Travel and Tourism Week, a time to celebrate the many ways traveling in and around Texas is awesome, as well as the impact travel has as one of our state’s top economic drivers.
Good mental health is essential to our well-being, especially for the youngest among us whose healthy development is vital to a successful future. Sadly, many children in Texas suffer from mental health problems. That is why today has been declared Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Texas, and this year there is a particular focus on children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma.
May is Military Appreciation Month, which makes it the perfect time to tell you about one of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winners – USAA, which was given the Corporate Community Impact Award. This award recognizes a private sector entity for having community service as a core value and business strategy, and for implementing employee volunteer programs that will have a long-term impact in their community.
Today is Teacher Appreciation Day! And all week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time for all of us to take the opportunity to let our teachers know how immensely appreciative we are of them and their work.
This past weekend I had the honor of giving the commencement address to the over 150 entrepreneurs graduating from the University of Houston SURE™ Program, which was the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award winner of the Higher Education Community Impact Award, and this week's Texanthropy Spotlight!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Temple and Pearsall for the Texas Historical Commission Texas Main Street Program’s 2018 First Lady’s Tour. I was pleased to join local leaders, state officials, businesses, schoolchildren and community members in welcoming Temple and Pearsall as the newest Texas Main Street communities.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and all month long, families, businesses, organizations, and communities all across Texas and the United States have participated in events, recognized special days, and worn blue, all to raise awareness about child abuse in an attempt to prevent this heinous crime. Let's continue the efforts by participating in Blue Sunday, which is this coming Sunday - April 29th. Blue Sunday is a day where faith communities all across the nation are encouraged to join together and take time during their service to pray for the victims of child abuse and those that rescue them.