Cowboys Helping Cowboys

Submitted By Lisa McGinnis
Kinder Ranch Elementary students really know how to care for their community! Before the holidays, the Kinder Ranch students collected over 1100 items to donate to the Bulverde Food Bank and now they are at it again! When Kinder Ranch found out that one of their families needed something, they decided to help in a big way!

The family belongs to Keiba Easterling, a first grade teacher at Kinder Ranch who has been on an extended leave with her son Justin. Justin was a 5th grader at Kinder Ranch and was ready to head to middle school when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in June of 2015.

Due to a rare genetic mutation, Justin’s best chance of recovery is now a bone marrow transplant, however, in order to receive the transplant, Justin has had numerous rounds of chemotherapy that have required him to be in the hospital the majority of the last six months. He was able to come home for Christmas, but on New Year’s Eve the family was told that the leukemia had returned. He and his family are now at St. Jude’s hospital where Justin is receiving treatment. Justin’s sister, Olivia, who is a fourth grade student at Kinder Ranch, is with the family as they fight this battle together.

At Kinder Ranch, they like to take care of each other. Although Justin’s treatment costs at St. Jude’s are covered, the medical and other expenses the family has accrued to this point are not. To help with the costs, Kinder Ranch started “Jingles for Justin”, asking the students to bring donations of spare change for the family. At the time of this article, over $1300 has been collected!

In addition, a Kinder Ranch parent has organized a Spaghetti Dinner at Bulverde United Methodist Church, with all proceeds going to the Easterling family. The dinner will be held at the church on March 2nd starting at 5 pm. Plates will be $5 each.

Finally, if those in community would like to donate to Justin’s cause, you may do so by using the link to their Go Fund Me Account at www.gofundme.com/fight4justin.

It is obvious that at Kinder Ranch, it is Cowboys helping Cowboys!

Girl Scout Cavern Adventures

Photo: The Girl Scout Cadettes took the Journey to Bethlehem cavern tour, did a hayride, sang carols with a cowboy and made s’mores.

Submitted By Stacy Irons

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 858 at Tejeda Middle School had a wonderful holiday season.  They started the season by making candy cane wreaths for residents at Franklin Park Assisted Living. They then obtained a donation from a local business to also take poinsettias to Franklin Park. On December 7th the girls delivered the wreaths and poinsettias to the residents and sang a few Christmas carols.

This is one of the troop’s community service projects. The girls also met for a Christmas lunch and a secret gift exchange at Olive Garden and then headed out to visit The Natural Bridge Caverns for their Christmas activities. They took the Journey to Bethlehem cavern tour, did a hayride, sang carols with a cowboy and made s’mores. They also zip lined and did a ropes course along with other fun stuff. The girls had a blast and were able to use a portion of the proceeds from fundraising to pay for their own costs.

February’s Johnson Educator Of The Month

Photo: Johnson Educator Of The Month and AP World History teacher, Justin Felux.

By Steve Johnson, Owner of College Nannies + Tutors

It is our pleasure to continue honoring and recognizing a local educator at Lady Bird Johnson High School as the College Tutors Educator of the Month for February. This award, made with input from the school administration, recognizes educators in our area high schools that personify the three core values of College Tutors: Can Do Attitudes, Growth and Results Driven and Leave It Better.

This month we honor Justin Felux. He teaches AP World History and has consistently had (by a wide margin) the highest AP scores in NEISD. If you walk past his classroom before each unit exam, you will find a standing room only crowd of students ready to review with him. Demonstrating his focus on growth, he recently helped Johnson students become published authors of a scholarly text. They researched historical topics, wrote articles and published them in a book titled Turning Points in World History, now available on Amazon.com. In addition to hours of tutoring, he has sponsored a variety of clubs and activities at Johnson including UIL Current Events and the History Fair.

The owners of College Nannies + Tutors of San Antonio established this recognition with the support of Welcome Home Community Newspaper to recognize and honor the educators in our schools for their efforts with our local students. The quality of education in our community is primarily a direct reflection of their daily efforts as role models for our students. For more information on this award, or to submit a nomination, please contact College Nannies + Tutors at 210-202-0303 or stoneoaktx@collegenannies.com.