Saturday, May 26, 2007

Celebration Season

Maya and Miguel were special guests
at Weiss Elementary as well as other schools in Dallas and Richardson!

Irving Mayor Herbert Gears handing out books
donated by Allstate Insurance to HIPPY Children at the end of year celebration, Irving ISD

It's the time of year in which HIPPY programs all over Texas celebrate the completion of the 30 week curriculum with their families. I had the pleasure of attending several celebrations in the Dallas area. Each one is unique and yet they each.....

  • honor parents and children for their hard work
  • recognize the home visitors for keeping families in the program for the full cycle

  • give parents the opportunity to begin celebrating their child's educational accomplishments
I remember our very first HIPPY celebration. It was the summer of 1988 and we had a picnic at a park in West Dallas. Ricardo and some of the dads fired up the bbq, and parents brought side dishes to share. We had cake and a clown and a photographer. We handed out certificates and then enjoyed a picnic lunch in the blistering heat of a Dallas summer.

Little did I know that 20 YEARS later I would still be involved with this program, and that those 15 families served has grown to 750 families this year and over 17,000 families over the course of 20 years! I am humbled and honored to still be involved in HIPPY and will do everything I can to bring it to more and more families and communities in Texas.

1 comment:

Mark Steidler said...

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