Summer is wrapping up and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. Thanks to some very generous donors, we were able to donate $650 worth of backpacks and supplies for two back-to-school drives in House District 51. The communities of Montopolis and Dove Springs each received $325 to get kids in need off to a good start this school year.
I salute the teachers and hard-working families in my district, and I wish you all a safe and successful academic year.
Go Travis High School!
I want to also recognize Travis High School for their great work on meeting TEA standards, it scored six points above TEA’s Target Score. Every time I have the chance of visiting Travis High, it always impresses me with the programs and resources the school has. From Criminal Justice to Nutrition courses students are interested and participating in class. Student’s attendance is at 90% and graduation is at 88%. Now that the school year is about to kick-off, I will be working with AISD administrators, parents, students and the community to move Travis High School’s assessment numbers higher.
Save the Date
Don’t forget to come down to the Capitol to celebrate el Diez y Seis de Septiembre with me and Senator Kirk Watson. Once again, we’ll welcome performances by the traditional Danza Azteca group and Austin High School’s Baile Folclórico. Our celebration will be held on Wednesday, September 16, in the Capitol rotunda at 12:00 p.m.
Also, I will be hosting a Transportation Town Hall with representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation and other mobility leaders on Wednesday, October 7. We have reserved space at the Austin Community College-Riverside campus for 6:30pm, and we’ll make sure to have plenty of time for a question-and-answer session after a brief presentation about some of the biggest transportation projects taking place in and around the district. You won’t want to miss this informative meeting!
Backpacks for Neighborhood Kids
Recently, I have joined the voices of many students, faculty and alumni at The University of Texas for the removal of the Jeff Davis statue from a central pedestal on the Forty Acres. Last week, UT President Greg Fenves announced his decision to move the statue, a potent symbol of the Confederacy and its racism, to the Briscoe Center for American History. While the misguided Sons of the Confederate Veterans have attempted to legally block the removal, I am confident that my alma mater will prevail.