Monday, October 22, 2007

Video Conference Presentation

San Antonio and Richardson
Originally uploaded by hippyprogram
On Friday HIPPY had the opportunity to participate in a videoconference presentation. We invited Kay Reynolds, principal at Dobie Primary School in Richardson ISD to present. The HIPPY Coordinators (Maria Loera and Kit Prince) were also present and brought with them mom Celia and her son Adam. As you may imagine, Adam totally stole the show! Here he is working with his mom on the 3 year old curriculum. They demonstrated an activity and after a few moments Adam totally forgot about the camera and TV and really got into it. It was really cute. I love the look of joy on his face in this shot, waiting for his mom to read the story to him. We were linked via videoconference to San Antonio, Eagle Pass and Laredo. On the left side of the screen are the attendees from San Antonio, including a smiling Anna Alicia Romero, the organizer of the videoconference, who works for IDRA (Intercultural Development Research Association). For more pictures on the videoconference, click on the picture above.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Coffee Hour

Menachem Granoff with Mary Greene

In October we welcomed a special guest, Menachem Granoff, to Texas HIPPY. Mr. Granoff was visiting from Israel and stopped for a few days in Dallas on his way to Laredo. During our informal coffee hour Mr. Granoff was able to meet and visit with HIPPY staff, friends and collaborators, including Mary Greene, above. Mary works for KERA and is on the board of directors for the Texas Parent Child Initiative (the non profit organization dedicated to supporting and expanding HIPPY in Texas.) Mr. Granoff shared his experiences as a supporter and contributor to HIPPY Israel as well as his connection to Laredo HIPPY. Having grown up in Laredo, TX and then spending his professional life in Israel since the 1950's, Mr. Granoff is at home in both corners of the world. His particular passion is for the inclusion of fathers in early childhood education initiatives. The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section co-sponsored the coffee hour, and guests included area HIPPY Coordinators, Texas HIPPY Advisors and Collaborators.