Generous Houstonians Give HISD Families A Happier Thanksgiving

November 21, 2008

Students and families at two Houston Independent School District Early Childhood Centers are looking forward to a more bountiful Thanksgiving this year thanks to the generosity of the Houston Community Service Club, Kroger and the Shlenker School.


Families at HISD’s Farias Early Childhood Center will benefit from the generosity of the Shlenker School, which will donate food collected during Shlenker’s annual food drive to benefit Farias children and their families. Farias staff will organize and box these items Friday night, and on Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, Farias families will pick the food up at the school.


            Farias ECC’s partnership with the Shlenker School began in 2006 when Nancy Picus, the director of Jewish Learning at Shlenker, spearheaded the idea of their school providing Farias children with charitable donations of clothing, educational books and school supplies. Shlenker pre-school teacher Nicki Nachenburg initiated the idea of having Shlenker preschoolers write letters to the Farias children. Farias children responded to the pen-pal relationship and to eventually meeting their new friends.


            On Dec. 11, Shlenker staff, parents and preschoolers will make their yearly visit to Farias E.C.C.


            At Halpin Early Childhood Center, the Houston Community Service Club (which provides assistance to the school’s families throughout the school year) and Kroger are donating Thanksgiving baskets to 150 Halpin families this year.  They have donated baskets for the past eight years.  Baskets will be delivered to Halpin by the store manager of the W. Bellfort and S. Post Oak Kroger on Nov. 24 at about 8:30 a.m. and parents will pick them up between 10 a.m. and noon.


            “This school was named after Sharon Goldstein Halpin, and her father is still very active and devoted to this school as a member of the Houston Community Service Club,” said Halpin Principal Patricia Thomas.  “The club members have continued to shower the school with their time, devotion, and money.  And our neighborhood Kroger is not only donating its labor this year but also donating baskets, generously helping this grow to an enormous endeavor. Halpin families will receive a full Thanksgiving dinner, including a frozen turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and more.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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