First Lady Blog
Please take a moment to read today's guest post from Andrea Sparks, the Director of the Child Sex Trafficking Team in the Governor’s Office. Andrea and her team are doing tremendous work to prevent victimization of children into child sex trafficking, partner with stakeholders to identify and recover survivors, provide coordinated services to help them heal and thrive, and bring them justice. This is information that every Texan needs to know.
The Fort Bend Education Foundation was the 2017 winner of the Governor’s Volunteer Award for Partners in Education, and the Foundation is also the subject of this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight! The Partners in Education Award recognizes an individual or group that demonstrates measurable impact on a recognized need within a public, charter or parochial school by implementing ideas and solutions to further educational goals for students.
This week we’ll continue to highlight the winners of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards by spotlighting David Godwin, the Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award winner. This award recognizes the exemplary service of an individual who has volunteered for a minimum of 15 years. Houstonian David Godwin is a retired volunteer and humanitarian, but David’s service doesn’t appear to match that of someone who considers themselves retired.
This past weekend Texas lost one of our state’s most treasured individuals: former Texas First Lady Rita Clements. Rita’s passion for Texas was evident by the numerous efforts she undertook in an effort to make our state a better place, including promoting volunteerism and civic involvement, boosting public education, and overseeing a restoration of the historic Texas Governor’s Mansion.
It has been cooooold in Texas lately, and it looks like it is going to stay that way for a little while longer. Winter weather in Texas is no joke and can bring dangerous conditions like freezing temperatures, ice, sleet, and snow. The Texas Department of Public Safety has put together tips about how to stay safe during the cold winter months that I wanted to share.
Guest Post from the Texas Department of Public Safety: Give the Gift of Safe Travel This Holiday Season
The following is information from the Texas Department of Public Safety reminding Texans to stay safe and obey the law when traveling this holiday season. Staying safe and keeping others safe is the best gift we can give each other, so please do your part. From my family to yours, I want to wish all Texans a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This week’s Spotlight is on the winner of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award titled the “First Lady’s Rising Star Award”. This award honors an individual 18 years or younger for their service to their community. Micah Pinson wanted to find a way to give back to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, the hospital that has helped him over the years with a hand deformity. So in 2011, at the age of seven, Micah conceived a community service project that today stands as the largest single toy donation for the hospital.
Wreaths Across America originated in 1992 with one man’s generous effort to remember veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. Each year on Wreaths Across America Day, coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.