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HAAM is starting their Christmas Toy Drive

Posted by Texas Education on November 11, 2008

We need your help more than ever! Humble Area Assistance Ministries

Our Kids, Our business, Our Mission

Seems that Santa’s workshop has been hit by the economy and has to cut back this year.  Santa has told HAAM that this year he will need their help more than ever to provide a joyous Christmas morning for every child in our community.

So, once again we need to ask the generous families and businesses of our community to dig deeper and help HAAM help Santa.  Last year the tree in our lobby was almost buried under the toys.  Won’t you literally bury our tree under an avalanche of toys?  It will take 3,500 toys to bury the tree!

To provide the toys needed we are setting up a workshop annex in the hotels’ lobby, and are looking to hire a few good elves to help us.  All you need to do to be hired is to bring two unwrapped new toys and place them under, or over, the tree.  You compensation will be a free breakfast or dinner at the hotel for every two toys delivered.  That is a $12.50 value so would appreciate the toys being worth $5.00 each.  If you would like to be hired as the elf manager just bring twenty toys and you will be compensated with a free night at the hotel (a few restrictions do apply) that has a value of $189.  We need the toys by December 12 so HAAM can get them to Santa in time for him to load on the sleigh.

This flyer can be found at http://www.homewoodkingwood.com/toyflyer.pdf Please e-mail it to everyone you know!

On behalf of the kids whose Christmas you will make memorable, the staff of Homewood Suites says thank you!

23320 Highway 59 North ·Kingwood, TX 77339·Tel 281.358.5566 http://www.homewoodkingwood.com Between Loop 494 and Highway 59 just north of Kingwood Drive.

Vernon Reed of Paralegal Services Unlimited stopped by Homewood Suites in Kingwood on November 11 to purchase the first certificate for a one night stay at the hotel from owner Philippe Cras.  The entire purchase price of $100 goes to HAAM to purchase toys for children in our community that would otherwise not have toys under the tree on Christmas morning.  Cras said “we have 99 more to sell to reach our goal of raising $10,000 for HAAM and the kids in our community.  The normal rate for a one bedroom suite is $189.”  Reed was inspired when he read about the toy drive in the Tribune.  He said “I hope my fellow business owners will follow my lead and purchase a certificate.  They make great rewards for employees or customers.”

Contact Ted Mandel for more information about purchasing a certificate at tjmandel@aol.com or 713.515.6712.

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How safe is your child’s school really?

Posted by Texas Education on November 11, 2008

During a four-month investigation, KHOU investigator, Jeremy Rogalski examined the safety at all 21 school districts in Harris County. I was honored to be a part of this. I was one of the parents on a panel that was given the facts and asked to give an opinion. I, honestly, found it to be a bit disturbing. When our school districts would place serious crimes as “violation of student code of conduct,” instead of the appropriate label it should be. Not all of the parents agreed with me, some thought putting such a label on a student would stick with him/her throughtout, but I feel if the student commits a crime, it should be reported and the student should be punished accordingly. Not much wiggle room there, in my books. I also agree with being able to identify school districts’ crime history.

It is a dangerous lesson. School districts in Harris County are hiding reports of campus crime from the Texas agency they’re required to notify. What’s more, they’re hiding them from you, the parent.

Here for the video, which you can see me at about one minute saying, “that’s just wrong, it’s just wrong!”

There is more tonight on Channel 11 KHOU!

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Posted by Texas Education on November 11, 2008

The Texas Freedom Network (TFN) gives another shout out about Cynthia Dunbar’s vicious attacks on President-elect Obama. I got a lot of emails on this about her attacks the weekend before election day, “Dunbar suggested that Sen. Obama is a traitor, charging that he “truly sympathizes” with enemies who want to destroy America. She also questioned his American citizenship and warned that he would try to grab more power by declaring martial law if terrorists do attack our nation.”

Whatever your political beliefs, this is certainly someone we DO NOT NEED on our State Board of Education and in our children’s public schools or someone who determines what more than 4.6 million Texas children learn in their public schools.

TFN is suggesting we:


Enough is enough! No matter who you supported for president, we should all be able to agree that Dunbar’s extremism is outrageous and even dangerous in our democracy. Just imagine the kind of nonsense that Dunbar and her fellow board radicals are likely to promote in our childrens’ public school classrooms over the next two years.

You can do two things right now to stand against Dunbar’s extremism:

1. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper today. Express (in your own words) what you think about Dunbar’s outrageous remarks. Call on her to retract those remarks or to step down from the state board.

To improve the chances that your letter will be published, keep it short (150 words or less, unless the newspaper specifies otherwise) and stick to one clear point. You can click on a newspaper below to submit your letter. Or if you live in another city, check with your local newspaper to learn about submitting a letter.

Austin American-Statesman
Houston Chronicle
San Antonio Express-News
Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
You can learn more about writing letters to the editor by clicking here.

2. Donate to the Texas Freedom Network and help us stand for mainstream values and against extremism on the State Board of Education. Dunbar’s far-right allies on the board work each year to censor our schoolchildren’s textbooks on issues such as teaching about evolution, sex education and the role of women in the modern world. We need your help to keep radical political agendas out of our children’s public schools!


Dunbar is a Richmond Republican whose district stretches from west of Houston to Williamson and Travis counties. Her term runs to the end of 2010. The board, which is controlled by a far-right faction that includes Dunbar, determines what more than 4.6 million Texas children learn in their public schools.

Click here to read more. Click here and here to read how editorial boards and columnists have sharply criticized Dunbar’s venomous diatribe.


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