Around Katy February 2018

| February 1, 2018

(L-R): Lamar CISD Executive Director for Elementary Education Linda Lane, Lamar CISD Trustee Melisa Roberts, Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Board of Trustees Secretary Kay Danziger, Lindsey Elementary Principal Heather Williams, (and members of Mrs. Lindsey’s family) Shelly Sullivan Essex, DeDe Sullivan, Ashley Schroeder, Lane Schroeder, Darrell McNutt and Steven Stone.

(L-R): Lamar CISD Executive Director for Elementary Education Linda Lane, Lamar CISD Trustee Melisa Roberts, Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Board of Trustees Secretary Kay Danziger, Lindsey Elementary Principal Heather Williams, (and members of Mrs. Lindsey’s family) Shelly Sullivan Essex, DeDe Sullivan, Ashley Schroeder, Lane Schroeder, Darrell McNutt and Steven Stone.

LAMAR CISD DEDICATES LINDSEY ELEMENTARY

Lamar CISD dedicated its 24th elementary school on Dec. 6 in honor of a woman who dedicated her life to public service.

Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary is Lamar CISD’s first school with a Katy address and is located in the Firethorne West subdivision.

Kathleen Joerger Lindsey was valedictorian of the Class of 1932 at Rosenberg High School. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas and the UT Law School, where she was one of only three women in a class of 300 students. She is believed to be the first woman attorney in Fort Bend County.

Her efforts helped found the Fort Bend Public Library System, and she was instrumental in bringing the Richmond State School to Fort Bend County.

Lindsey was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Joerger-Lindsey Parish Hall is in recognition of her contributions to the congregation. Her friends and family were in attendance for the ceremony.

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(L-R): Rob Bamford, general manager, Cross Creek Ranch and Kate Johnson-Patagoc, Texana director specialized services.

(L-R): Rob Bamford, general manager, Cross Creek Ranch and Kate Johnson-Patagoc, Texana director specialized services.

CROSS CREEK RANCH SCARECROW FEST RAISES $20,000

The 2017 Scarecrow Fest in Cross Creek Ranch struck gold for two local charities as nearly 8,000 people attended the annual seasonal fete, raising $20,000 for Arts Fulshear and the Texana Center.

“We set new records in attendance, the number of sponsors and vendors, and in the amount we raised for two very worthy organizations,” said Rob Bamford, general manager of Cross Creek Ranch.

Founded in 2011, Arts Fulshear is a nonprofit organization that provides and supports art and cultural events, art education and public art in the Fulshear community. Existing programs include summer art camps and theater workshops, adult art classes, after-school art classes at Huggins Elementary and the annual Fulshear Art Walk, held in Cross Creek Ranch.

The Texana Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change lives every day through treatment for autism and programs for adults with intellectual disabilities and those with behavioral healthcare issues. The center currently has a campaign underway to raise funds for a campus in Fulshear at FB 359 and Wallis Street.Kate Johnson-Patagoc reported that Texana was very close to reaching its fundraising goal and will hopefully break ground early in 2018.

Phase I is the “incubator” for the entire campus. It will house a retail center and coffee shop to provide training and intern positions for older teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. It will also have two classrooms – one will have an applied behavior analysis autism program (Phase II) and the other will be used for classes for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism where new programs will be piloted for the Center for Learning (Phase III).

A highlight of Scarecrow Fest was the “Scarecrowlympics,” which attracted 26 entrants vying for cash prizes. The Miss Fulshear Beauty Pageant won the $1,000 first-place prize with its “Miss Fulshear Olympic Legends” scarecrow. Tying for second place and winning $500 each were “Craig BOO!ggio” by Stephen Kana and “Medal Ceremony” by Rowena Laine. Third place winner Carmel Jasso took home $250 for the “Perfect 10 Ice Skater.”

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KATY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY WINS PROUD PARTNER AWARD

The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), MD Anderson, and Asakura Robinson were awarded the Proud Partner Award from Keep Houston Beautiful at the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Proud Partners Luncheon. This award is given to organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to keeping Houston beautiful.

Since its inception in 1992, the Katy Prairie Conservancy has been working to protect a sustainable portion of the prairie and has distinguished itself as a leader in local land protection. The Katy Prairie is an important piece of the much larger Coastal Prairie, which was a vast expanse of tall grasses stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast all the way to Canada and has been reduced to a small fraction of its original size.

Land conservation affords places for families to explore the outdoors, opens up beautiful spaces for the public to enjoy, and conserves living laboratories for research and educational programming. While KPC now protects more than 20,000 acres in Harris, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties.

KPC’s preserve system is located in the middle of the Central Flyway and is a safe haven for more than 300 resident and migratory bird species; 110 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles; 600 species of wildflowers and grasses, and thousands of terrestrial insects and aquatic invertebrate species. Restored Showcase Prairies are rich with native grasses and wildflowers and refueling stops for migrating Monarch butterflies.

For more information, visit katyprairie.org.


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