They took the stage last week at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, and it was Good News indeed. The talented cast of 55 Second Baptist School students brought down the house with an outstanding performance of the landmark Broadway musical comedy, Good News. Pictured in front row, left to right: Nick Ramsey, Caroline Suffield, Sarah Toups, John Wallace. Back row: Tyler Lohse, Caroline Thompson, Natalie Tollett, Matthew Elders.
Former First Lady and keynote speaker Barbara Bush worked the crowd of approximately 1,200 guests in attendance at the Neuhaus Education Center’s 22nd Annual Benefit Luncheon. Among her many charitable undertakings, Mrs. Bush’s number one cause is family literacy. Supporters of the center’s mission to provide professional development for educators in research-based methods of literacy instruction, were thrilled to hear Mrs. Bush’s insights. The event honored Wilhelmina R. Smith and raised funds for Neuhaus Education Center’s Teacher Scholarship Fund and honors their dyslexia specialist graduates.
An impressive haul
Adults, youth, and children at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church worked hard during Lent to raise enough money for the purchase of, not one, but two tractors. The huge group effort was to express support for the ministry of the Reverend George Okoth in Tanzania, St. John’s Anglican University of Tanzania, and the Msalato Theological College. Father Okoth sees this tractor as a tool that will address the real needs in their immediate area. The children enjoyed decorating the tractor with flowers on Easter Sunday.
Fay School students William Wood, Collin Hecht, and Alex Ainbinder (pictured with headmistress Marie Fay Evnochides), wore traditional vivid costumes as part of their cultural study of Mexico. Students sang folk songs and danced, while several others performed skits entirely in Spanish. One class surprised the headmistress with a serenade of her favorite Spanish song—Malaguena Salerosa.
All that glitters
It was a diamond studded affair. John Helms, Greta Bernitz, David Soto, and Denise Walker celebrated The Crossroads School’s 30 years of educating children with exceptional learning needs at the annual Denim and Diamonds gala. Mayor Bill White was honored for his dedication to education with KPRC-2 anchor Rachel McNeill emceeing the event, and KTRK-13 anchor Tom Koch as the auctioneer. This year’s gala launched the school’s $30,000 for 30 Years campaign to expand and serve more students. A cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by Ezra Charles & The Works were among the highlights of the evening.
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