Category Archives: Education

College Readiness and Scholarship Workshop October 20

41845951_730170690664653_8244757420564283392_nThe FT-WORTH HACEMOS chapter, hosted by Covenant Church – Colleyville Campus, will be presenting a College Readiness and Scholarship Workshop on Saturday, October 20th from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.

  • The workshop targets all Families who has a Senior student, soon to graduate, and will be attending college for this upcoming Fall of 2019. All High School students and Middle School Students are welcome. 
  • Lunch will be provided by the BB&T Multicultural Banking, who will be teaching students of fundamentals of banking. Students should be there at 8:30a.m. to Register.
  • Please email either: Karla Turner, 817-713-4123 or Claudia Murga:, 817-298-0922 to reserve a spot or to find out more. We will need the name of the student and their current grade and how many adults will be attending.

Colleges slated to attend:

  • Tarrant Community College
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Wesleyan
  • University of Texas-Arlington
  • University of North Texas
  • Southern Methodist University

For more information, click HERE

Tickets on sale for Perot Museum’s 2019 Speaker Series

Join us as we welcome some of National Geographic’s most prominent and engaging explorers in this season’s National Geographic speaker series. Each lecture will include a Q&A and take place in our intimate theater.


BERTIE GREGORY — A WILD LIFE: Wed, Jan 16 at 7pm

06_NationalGeographic_2366030_CR_Steve_WinterPhotographer and filmmaker Bertie Gregory specializes in intimate shots of animals in their natural environment, whether that’s a frigid Vancouver beach or the streets of London.



KennyBroadAscendsShaftDan'sCaveAbacoIsland.CR_WesSkilesKenny Broad, National Geographic’s Explorer of the Year for 2011, is also an accomplished cave explorer. He pursues this extreme and dangerous occupation not for sport but to gain valuable insights into the freshwater world beneath our feet. 



Zoltan_TAKACS_camel_CR_Zoltan_TakacsEarth’s deadliest animal venoms are a source of a number of lifesaving medicines used to treat everything from heart attacks to diabetes, yet there are millions of venom toxins in nature that remain unexplored. Biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs collects snake, scorpion, jellyfish, and other venoms from around the world.

Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets now!

Series Tickets:

  • Members: $105
  • Non-members: $120 

Individual Tickets: 

  • Members: $35
  • Non-members: $40

Reserve tickets HERE

Grapevine Chamber seeks community feedback about education policies

Please take this quick 3 minute survey about education policy. Your feedback is important for deciding the legislative priorities for the Grapevine Chamber and the East Tarrant area.
Thank you!

Click HERE to take the survey

The surprising history of ‘Pride Month’

rainbow-flag_0Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months.

LGBT History Month is also celebrated with annual month-long observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBT community during LGBT History Month.

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Guest Op Ed: Back to School; Time to Talk

BACODA headeIt’s the season of Back to School. It’s a time of preparation, buying new clothes and school supplies and making sure that your children have all the tools they need to have a great school year. During all those preparations did you talk to your kids about not using drugs or alcohol? It’s never too late, and it’s always an important conversation to have.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), children are more at risk for drug and alcohol use during times of transition, such as the transition from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school. According to the 2012 Texas School Survey, 36.2% of eighth graders have tried alcohol at least once. That figure jumps to 47.7% by ninth grade, an increase of more than 30% in one year. The transition from junior high to high school is clearly a high-risk time for teens. The stress of new academic expectations and increased social pressure, combined with more opportunities to encounter drugs for the first time make children in these transition years more vulnerable to trying drugs or alcohol. Now that your children are back to school, they may be facing more social pressure from peers to experiment with different substances.

Your opinion still matters. A variety of research shows that teenagers cite parental disapproval as the number one reason they do not use drugs or alcohol. Make sure your teens know where you stand on this issue. Talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking. Arm yourself with knowledge and be sure to stress that it’s about more than just the risks of drinking and driving. Other consequences of underage drinking include increased risk of academic failure, violence, injury, risky sexual behaviors, sexual assault, and death. Explain that you do not approve of underage drinking because it is dangerous and illegal. Know where your teenager is at all times and what they are doing. Encourage them to call you at any time if a safe ride home is needed.

These tips are important for all parents, whether your child is in a transitional year or not. Keep the lines of communication open with your child and help them make healthy choices.

For more information on how you can help prevent underage drinking in your community, visit or contact

Southeast Harris County Community Coalition is a project of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA). BACODA, a United Way Agency, is a community-based substance abuse prevention organization that provides sustained leadership and support for the Coalition. BACODA has provided comprehensive prevention/intervention services since 1974.