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Brandeis High School AFJROTC Wraps Up An Amazing First Semester

Submitted By Sara Salem

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Brandeis AFJROTC Class of 2016-17 collected over 650 toys during the month of November. These donations will benefit a local non-profit, Living Through Giving, and be distributed to children in Foster Care this holiday season.

Here in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Brandeis High School we’ve accomplished a lot within the first semester and are set to accomplish even more as we go on into the spring. During the first AFJROTC  held an extremely successful food drive, had a fundraiser, collected toys for children in need, were involved in several competitions, had our Christmas party, as well as participating in Wreaths Across America. Needless to say AFJROTC takes our community service seriously.  During our annual Food Drive benefitting the San Antonio Food Bank we collected over 5,000 lbs of food in three weeks! And followed that up with our annual toy drive collecting over 650 toys for the Living Through Giving Winter Celebration Toy Drive.  Between those two drives, we also had a successful fundraiser that will enable us to continue to have the high quality programs we enjoy so much.  Our teams, the Nighthawks Armed Drill Team, Blue Aces Unarmed Drill Team, Praetorians Physical Training Team, Titans Rocketry Team and the Foxhounds and Black Widows Cyber Security Teams continue to do very well; taking home a lot of trophies. Brandeis AFJROTC also participated in Wreaths Across America on December 17, 2016 with a majority of our corps participating in placing wreaths on the graves of our fallen soldiers at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

The rest of this school year Brandeis AFJROTC will be planning for our Military Ball held in February at Lackland Air Force Base; this includes a ceremony honoring our Prisoners of War and those still missing in action. AFJROTC continue to support our community with events like Special Olympics and then graduation for our seniors.

Massage Heights – A Retreat From The Ordinary

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Wayne Evans

Take a deep, long breath. In through your mouth, out through your nose. Roll your shoulders back and down, and clear your mind – just for a few moments – and close your eyes. Now open them. Feel better? Now, take that tiny bit of relaxation you were just able to achieve on your own and imagine it multiplied infinitely. Doesn’t that concept seem like pure, almost unachievable bliss? The professionals at Massage Heights are here to show you that level of relaxation and rejuvenation isn’t as far out of reach that you may think.

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I’m Making A List, I’ll Be Checking It Twice

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Special To Welcome Home

As I lie here on the beach, sitting on my beach towel collecting some much needed rays of sunshine during my time off, I have begun to work on both my necessary lists for the year – the list of locations that I’ll be making guest appearances at next fall, as well as the first draft of the naughty & nice list. (There’s still time to change your ways people. Do something positive.) Upon learning again of one specific cause, I became motivated to announce and book my guest appearance early. So I decided to submit this letter to Welcome Home as my formal announcement, knowing I could be of help to such a worthy and noble cause. When I learned about what the new nonprofit Living Through Giving was attempting to achieve, I immediately felt compelled to contribute.

The organization’s noble goal of making sure every San Antonio child receives a gift for the holiday season is very much like my own pursuit, and as a result I felt moved to contribute in some meaningful way. So once again I, Santa Claus, a.k.a. Saint Nick, a.k.a. Kris Kringle, a.k.a. Father Christmas, (and whole bunch of other names, let me tell you.) will be making an appearance at Winter Celebration – a family event for all ages on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winter Celebration this year is back at its roots at its North Central Baptist Hospital location. (How exciting. Every time I’ve made an appearance there I’ve had loads of fun, I sure do enjoy taking pictures with all the kiddos. Be sure to stop by and say, “hello,” my wife gets such joy out of meeting people.) Unfortunately however my reindeer tend to be really lazy during the early holiday time of year resting up for their big finish. As a result, I’ve again decided to fly in with my wife by AirLIFE helicopter, giving Rudolph and his gang another day off. (Boy, they do sure get a lot of those. Perhaps I’m spoiling them.) For those that don’t know, every year Winter Celebration has a great community parade featuring area high school marching bands, mascots, as well as community businesses. Following the parade, attendees enjoy everything from raffle prizes, vendor booths, 60,000 pounds of snow, to school performance groups (Wow these kids are talented, WAY more than what I can do – You don’t want to see me dance or hear me sing, trust me . . . but Blitzen, boy he can sing. And Dancer, well, that’s just self-explanatory.)

Winter Celebration’s main purpose is to bring all of San Antonio together on the Northside to gather toys to benefit needy children in the area. (Something we all can agree is a worthwhile goal, right?) Through my sources I also happened to hear that will be the return of the Winter Celebration Royal Court. It’s never too early to sign up and be a part of this huge event. Reserve a booth for this one of a kind event today. My appearance tends to be a huge deal and attracts countless people. (Not like I’m bragging or anything.) For more information on how to participate in the Stone Oak Winter Celebration, call the good folks at Welcome Home at 210-348- 8233 or visit their website, www. welcomehomesa.com. You’ll be glad you did!

Your friendly northern neighbor,

Santa Claus