Category Archives: Giving Back

Brownsville ISD Receives $2 Million-Plus from Musk Foundation

The Brownsville Independent School District is the recipient of $2,412,000 from the Musk Foundation. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently announced that he was going to be donating $20 million to Cameron County schools. “We are very grateful for the donation from the Musk Foundation,” said Brownsville ISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez. “We are currently working on a plan to expand several of our Career and Technical Education programs and academies.…

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Student Project Helps Women In Need

The front side of Knitted Knockers, which come in different sizes based on the woman’s bra-cup size.

McAllen ISD International Baccalaureate junior Gaby Markle learned to crochet during the summer of 2020.  “My grandma tried to teach me, but I am left-handed, so she gave me a book and a link to a YouTube video to learn,” Markle said. “I was not very good, so I wanted to create a club to improve and to get others involved.”  Rather than establishing an official school club, which means…

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BPUB Waives SAT/ACT Scholarship Requirement

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board will not require standardized test scores such as the SAT and ACT for this year’s Project SHARE Scholarship. The decision reflects admission requirements for this year’s graduating seniors with many schools dropping the SAT/ACT requirement. The application process is now open for BPUB’s Project SHARE Scholarship program. Ten scholarships are available in the amount of $1,000 to graduating high school seniors. To qualify for the…

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TSC Brings Holiday Magic to Elementary School

All 263 students at Rosa E. Del Castillo Elementary School received gifts this season from TSC’s Angel Tree Toy Distribution. (photo TSC)

Texas Southmost College recently delivered toys to the children of Rosa E. Del Castillo Elementary School in Brownsville to help make Christmas a little brighter.  Every year, TSC selects a different elementary school that will benefit from the Angel Tree Toy Drive hosted by TSC Student Life. The drive garners hundreds of donations from TSC students, faculty and staff over the course of several weeks.  This year, TSC was able…

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BPUB Project SHARE Scholarship Applications Now Open

Project SHARE Scholarship

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board is now accepting applications from graduating high school seniors for its Project SHARE Scholarship program. Ten applicants will receive $1,000 each with funds sent directly to applicable financial aid offices for disbursement. To qualify, applicants must: Be a graduating high school senior Live in a household with a minimum of one year of utility service with BPUB at the application deadline date Plan to attend…

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Large Donation of Gifts Benefit McAllen Police Officers

McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez, McAllen City Comm. Omar Quintanilla, Vital Church Pastor Chali Martinez, McAllen Police Captain Irene Luna, Martinez Furniture & Appliance CEO & President Ramon Martinez, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, McAllen Police Sgt. Gaston Balli and McAllen City Comm. Victor “Seby” Haddad.

Martinez Furniture and Appliance, and Vital Church have given a collective total of more than $1 million in gifts to McAllen police officers.  The gifts for each of the 298 McAllen police officers include a voucher for a new mattress set with a retail worth of $2,000 from Martinez Furniture and a two-night stay at Beach Resort at South Padre Island. Each will also receive a Beach Park at Isla…

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McAllen PD “Christmas For Kids” Accepting Toy Donations

Christmas For Kids

McAllen Police Department is holding its “Christmas for Kids” for local children in need and is seeking donations. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys to deliver to the department. The drop box location is at 1200 Ash Avenue. Hour of acceptance are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Toy distribution takes place Dec. 23 at the McAllen Convention Center. The event will…

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STC Thanks-for-Giving Supports Food Pantry

STC Culinary Arts students recently held a virtual bake sale fundraiser to support the college’s student food pantry at its three main campuses.

South Texas College Culinary Arts students strapped on their aprons to support their peers in need this holiday season. In lieu of the department’s annual Thanksgiving Buffet this year, the South Texas College Culinary Arts Program hosted a Thanks-for-Giving Virtual Bake Sale in support of the college Student Food Pantry. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Culinary department chair chef Jennifer Guerra directed students in the fundraiser. Students baked thousands of cookies, hundreds of loaves…

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MVEC Establishes TSTC Electrical Lineworker Scholarship 

Magic Valley Electric Cooperative recently gave $20,000 to the TSTC Foundation for scholarships in Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program. The funds will benefit deserving students who one day hope to become part of the lineworker industry. “The funding will enable us to help TSTC in its work to prepare students for the workforce now and in the future,” said TSTC Senior Field Development Officer Richard Mesquias. “This…

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Knapp Foundation Gives Boost to Food Bank RGV

Stuart Haniff, Food Bank RGV CEO, with a $14,952 grant check from the Knapp Community Care Foundation.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley now has $14,952 more to provide food assistance to families in the Rio Grande Valley, thanks to a grant from the Knapp Community Care Foundation. The need for Food Bank RGV’s services has seen an increase with health and financial issues coming with both COVID-19 and Hurricane Hanna. With the funds, more than 75,000 meals will be available to underserved populations, according…

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