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July – September 2011

Progress Report 2011 Summer Programs Bonding Against Adversity, Inc.

Bonding Against Adversity, Inc. is continuing to help economic development in the Aldine Greenspoint area with programs focusing on Healthy Living, Safety and
Education.

After successfully completing the One on One dropout prevention program at AISD’s Hambrick Middle School, we embarked on summer events that allowed us to continue having communication with our pilot group. We were able to have some fun: with a bowling night to celebrate the success and a trip to the Houston Zoo for the students and their families.  We also conducted safety workshops for teens at the Aldine Mail Route Library and with the support of the new cinema at the Greenspoint Mall we were able to offer some awards to our participants.

We created and offered the ‘Building Champions’ program for the entire community.  This was a two week physical fitness program for youth in the area.  We were hoping for 25 to 30 participants but had up to 80 participants on some days.  The entire program was offered for $39 per child to cover the cost of our physical fitness instructor and his equipment.  Because of the economic condition in the community, only one of the participants was able to pay $1 per day of participation and Bonding covered the cost of all of the other participants.  The camp was as a huge success; however, this is an example of how we need underwriting from others from time to time.

At the Northeast Community Center, we offered our first English class opened to the entire family with the goal of bringing help to the families who may have a language barrier limiting communication with their children.  The classes were based in communication, vocabulary and games; the group had a lot of fun and was able to communicate better in English after the class.  We encouraged them to continue practicing.  This is another program that Bonding underwrote the cost and is another example of needing a sponsor for the program to be able to provide the program on a regular basis.

For our Healthy Living program, we continue with our Zumba classes and added one day of Tai Chi for adults and one day of Kung-Fu for children one day a week.  We will continue working to promote physical activities and a healthier life style.

We invited Dr. Carolina Villota to provide a free nutrition class (which she agreed to do) and tips on how to live a healthier life style and maintain a healthy weight.  We also had participation from Harris County Hospital District one day each month to check cholesterol and blood pressure of all the participants who were attending a class to learn about the good and bad cholesterol.

During July, Bonding awarded four scholarships to the mentor students from Lone Star College we had four winners and awarded a student scholarship to Isaac Lopez from Hambrick Middle School for him to save for his first semester at collage.  Students in the One on One program who exceed expectations at school will be able to win awards like these toward their future education.  Our challenge now is to get the volunteers lined up for our One on One prevention program at the schools for this coming year.  We are taking this program to the next level by continuing it at Hambrick Middle School and expanding it to McArthur 9th Grade School.

To finish our great summer we had our second Back to School event at Lone Star Greenspoint Center distributing 500 backpacks to children in the area to help them get ready to start school.  1300 people participated in the event receiving information about different services and receiving immunizations that children may need before school starts.  Special thanks and recognition goes to Lone Star College for hosting the back to school event at the Lone Star College Greenspoint Center and to all our volunteers and organizations who participated in this event.

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming programs:

  • One on One Prevention for Students with Potential at two schools,
  • Semana Binational with the Mexican Consulated in October with a Play “ Prometo que no volvera a pasar”,
  • Immigration Forum in October at Lone Star College North Harris Campus,
  • November Zumbathon for Christmas to help children in the area for Christmas season; and,
  • The Posadas for 9 nights before Christmas (up to Christmas Eve).

THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR ADVICE and SUPPORT

 

Mariana Sanchez
Chief Operating Officer

Thomas N. Burdette
Chief Executive Officer

 

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