Today is Monday, November 27th and I’m PJ Benevich.
The Alpine Independent School District has received a one-million-dollar grant focused on fostering student wellness and belonging.
Alpine was one of 90 school districts from across Texas selected for the two-year Stronger Connections Grant from the Texas Education Agency through a competitive application process.
Superintendent Dr. Michelle Rinehart said the grant will offer behavior programs, character education, counseling services, wellness centers and wraparound supports.
It will allow the district to become the best-resourced school district in the Big Bend area in terms of student belonging, wellness and success.
By addressing student wellness, the grant is designed to help decrease chronic absenteeism and incidents of bullying and harassment, while increasing attendance and state assessment results.
Alpine High School Counselor Sandra Alvidrez said it will provide the tools to address mental health, something students should not have to go through on their own.
The Sul Ross Small Business Development Center had no training sessions last week but has scheduled two sessions of an in-person workshop and one on Zoom today.
All are on the subject of “Dealing with Difficult People.”
The live session presenter will be Deirdre Pattillo, Senior Project Manager for Employer Services for the Texas Southwest S.B.D.C.
The modern workplace continues to change, impacted by multiple generations and a strong emphasis on individualization and the workshop will deal with the differences.
It will cover generations and expectations, who the difficult people are and strategies, blending, redirecting, listening and trying it out.
Dealing with Difficult People will have two live sessions tomorrow, from 9 to noon and 1 to 4 in the “Fishbowl,” Room 129 at the Pete Gallego Center.
The same subject will be covered in a separate program from 2 to 3 on Zoom with presenter Christopher Ardueser, owner of A.G.D.A. Consulting.
For more information and to sign up or log on, contact Norma Martinez at 837-8813 or email email@example.com.
The website to register for any of the S.B.D.C. training, see sbdc.sulross.edu/alpine/seminar-training-calendar/
The long-awaited opening of the Big Bend Regional Health Clinic in Presidio has been scheduled for this week.
The ribbon cutting and open house will be from 5 to 7 Wednesday at the new clinic at 602 West O’Reilly Street, Suite C, in Presidio.
Several local leaders have been invited along with performances by the Presidio High School Conjunto Band.
Appetizers and more will celebrate the arrival of local access to healthcare for the people of Presidio and the broader Texas border region.
Dr. David Sanchez and Family Nurse Practitioner Bob Rice will offer services that include family medicine, obstetrics care, vaccinations and walk-in appointments for all ages.
The clinic will open Thursday and appointments will be available from 7 to 7 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
To attend, R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alpine Public Library is offering a free native tree giveaway today at the library parking lot.
City residents will be able pick up one free native tree per household (from noon) until 6.
The event is sponsored by the Big Bend Conservation Alliance.
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