Here For Each Other: Floods Family Guide

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In response to the flooding in the Central Texas area over the Memorial Day weekend, KLRU would like to let the community know about the Sesame Street resource Here For Each Other: Floods Family Guide that is available in both English and Spanish.  All of the Here For Each Other materials can be found at sesamestreet.org/emergencies.

American Graduate Champion: Mai Theingi Tun Than

FEATURED_Champion2KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s Champion is Mai Theingi Tun Than. Mai is a Parent Support Specialist for the Burmese families in the Austin Independent School District. She helps the Burmese refugee community navigate the admittedly complex school system, and related public and private agencies. Mai’s efforts include helping refugee families facilitate school enrollment and teaching the Burmese community about services available through the District and on their individual campuses. She provides Burmese interpretation in many school settings but is most invaluable during student/parent/teacher conferences. Mai provides both direct interpretation and coordination with other interpreters. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Mai works beyond the scope of her duties with AISD and does home visits after working hours to ensure access to information. She is tireless and eagerly works with other agencies to help develop materials in Burmese for her community. She truly is an inspiration and a joy to work with.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Brady Roberts

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

twinsToday’s Champion is Brady Roberts! Brady is a student at Cedar Ridge High School. “I would always go to him for help, and a lot of times he would be really patient with me.”

Check out the recommendation video from Cedar Ridge High School for more!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Glenn Clark

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

army dadToday’s Champion is Glenn Clark! Glenn is a former servicemen from Round Rock, Texas. “He’s a very strong person and is extremely self motivated. I think he’s shaped me as a person, growing up with someone who is just as strong and as talented and willful as he is.” Check out the recommendation video for more on Glenn!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Quain Barfield

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

KaraandDadToday’s Champion is Quain Barfield! “My Dad really inspired me when I was growing up… he made me realize that I am just as worthy as other kids.” Take a look at the recommendation video from Cedar Ridge High School for more on Quain!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Monica Aguirre

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

daughter and health professional mom (1)Today’s champion is Monica Aguirre! Monica is a mother and a healthcare professional in Round Rock, Texas. Each day she motivates and inspires her kids, her recommendation video said, “When you think about what a Mom does, it’s amazing. She [Monica Aguirre} has supported and motivated me through everything. There was a time when I just didn’t want to go to school anymore, and I started skipping a lot- it was my Mom who really got me back on track.” For more on Monica check out her recommendation video.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Javier Hernandez

 

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

policemanToday’s Champion is Javier Hernandez! Javier is the deputy sheriff at a Round Rock middle school, and has served as a mentor to students in the community. “Ever since I met him in 6th grade, he’s been a mentor and he’s inspired me. He has always been a person that will help me out no matter what the situation is.” Check out the recommendation video for more on Javier!

 Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Latinitas

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

latinitas (1)Today’s Champion is Latinitas. Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually, 2500 in Central and 1000 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latina and other girls of color are strong and confident in their image. Founded in 2002, by Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, then-journalism students at UT Austin fed up with the misrepresentation of Latinas in media, Latinitas has served over 20,000 girls and teens through after school clubs, weekend workshops, camps and conferences at 112 Austin schools, libraries and community centers generating content for Latinitas magazine, still the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas.

The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “For 13 years Latinitas has been empowering girls using media and technology, securing diverse voices in media, providing much needed digital access and training to communities of color and all under the theme of celebrating identity and culture. They bridge that divide between Austin’s prosperity and young communities of color.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

KLRU announces local 2015 PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

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Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 190 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and media creators will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prize packages including a library of ARTHUR® books by best-selling children’s author, Marc Brown, courtesy of national prizing sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

American Graduate Champion: Vanessa Flores

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

vanessa-floresToday’s Champion is Vanessa Flores. Flores is a counselor at KIPP Austin Collegiate. She finds ways to help students no matter what their circumstance.

The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is a great counselor and many students at our school benefit from talking to her. Sometimes one just needs a friend and she can be that. She has always been there for me and throughout school. She never stops helping people who need it. She is a great role model for our school and should be recognized all day every day. “

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.