First Lady Blog
According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 42,000 school buses transport approximately 1.5 million Texas children every school day. We all share in the responsibility of making sure our schoolchildren are safe while traveling to and from school on school buses, which is why, in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to comply with laws prohibiting drivers from passing school buses.
After four of the six campuses in Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD in Orange County were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, a different kind of flooding followed. A welcome flood of support. The students of Magnolia ISD, some 2 hours away in Montgomery County northwest of Houston, have adopted their “neighbors” and are raising funds to help Little Cypress-Mauriceville schools replace library books, band instruments, athletic uniforms, school supplies and more.
Each year across the United States, a month is designated to recognize the many contributions of Hispanic Americans. This year, like in years past, Greg designated September 15 – October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Texas. I want to thank the Texans who partook in the numerous events commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the important role that Hispanic heritage has played in making Texas the exceptional state that it is.
Earlier this month Greg issued a proclamation declaring October “Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month” in Texas. This is such an important designation because it is a time for us to celebrate the many Texans with disabilities who have influenced our state’s history.
Simple, everyday activities are easy ways for parents to connect with their kids, things like eating dinner together, chatting during the drive to and from school, or tucking your kids into bed at night. Using these opportunities to bond with your kids is an important way to build a strong, healthy relationship – which is the focus of today, Family Day. This year I am once again joining forces with CASA Family Day to celebrate the impact that a strong family connection can have to helping keep kids drug free.
This is a trying time for our state as many of our fellow Texans continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. But many Texans have asked me what they can do to help, and I encourage those who can to contribute to the Rebuild Texas Fund.
This week we are spotlighting Google - a company well-known for its charitable work in local communities. Google has been an active member of the Austin community for the last ten years and has made a major Texanthropic impact through partnerships with regional organizations, volunteer work, and community grants. The company’s philanthropic efforts in Texas are broad, ranging from computer science education, to working to bridge the digital divide, to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Guest Post from the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Back to School
The following is a guest post from the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: The start of school provides the perfect opportunity to talk to kids about personal and online safety.