Every 10 years the census counts how many people are in the community to decide how much federal funding and representation it should receive. This money supports over 130 programs that could help your family immediately. Everyone should fill out Census 2020, so the community doesn’t lose millions of dollars in the next 10 years. Your responses to the census are important. Your information will not be shared with anyone. In fact, they’re even protected by law from other branches of the government. The census can be filled out by mail, phone (1-800-923-8282) or online (my2020census.gov). It consists of only nine responses and takes 10 minutes per person to complete. There are 13 common languages It can be filled out by phone or online, with guides available for 60-plus languages. Anyone 15 years old or older can take the census for the household. Important programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and SNAP are funded through census results. The money the city receives based on census data is used to support disaster recovery, road improvements, school lunches and over 130 other programs. After the 2010 census, the city missed out on over $10,000 per person not listed on the census. Therefore, it is important for everyone to participate in Census 2020, so millions of dollars will not be lost in the next 10 years. Source: HCDE
We know that many people in our afterschool community are experiencing a loss of income due to closures of schools, afterschool programs, child care centers and businesses. Here are a few resources that might help:
Texas Unemployment Benefits
Due to the increase in unemployment claims, the Texas Workforce Commission is working to increase staffing to meet the need.  At this time, they are recommending using the website.
Apply online
Applying by telephone: If you don’t have Internet access,  call the Texas Workforce Commission’s unemployment services line at 1-800-939-6631.
Be proactive lenders and creditors
If you're not able to pay your bills on time, contact your lenders and servicers to let them know about your situation. Being behind on your payments can have a lasting impact on your credit. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other financial regulators have encouraged financial institutions to work with their customers to meet their community needs.
Credit card companies and lenders may be able to offer you a number of options to help you. This could include waiving certain fees like ATM, over payments, and late fees, as well as allowing you to delay, adjust, or skip some payments.
When contacting your lenders, be prepared to explain:
  • Your situation
  • How much you can afford to pay
  • When you're likely to be able to restart regular payments
  • In the case of mortgages, be prepared to discuss your income, expenses and assets
Be Aware of Scammers
Scammers are at work! This is the perfect time to take advantage of vulnerable individuals, especially during times of emergencies or natural disasters. Be cautious of emails, texts, or social media posts that may be selling fake products or information about emerging COVID-19  cases.
COVID-19 Scam Info for tips on how to avoid scammers.
Food Distribution Locations
Houston Food Bank has various food distribution sites throughout the county; and information on SNAP
Please contact your local municipality for additional locations in your area.
Business Resources  
Greater Houston Partnership has compiled information on public health resources, business assistance resources and general guidance related to COVID-19 and business.
COVID-19 Info
Families Receive Care Packages March 27 at J.D. Walker Head View photos from packaging and distribution events. Care packages for Harris County Department of Education Head Start families were assembled and distributed by HCDE staff March 27. The program called “Because We Care” provides food items meeting healthy food guidelines selected by nutrition staff at HCDE Head Start during the COVID-19, stay-at-home order. Care packages were delivered to Head Start families from three area centers and two child care facilities: Barrett Station, J.D. Walker and Baytown Head Start centers, as well as Early Head Start child care partners John G Jones and Let’s Learn. Staples included items such as oatmeal, canned foods and peanut butter. Baby food is included in the infant/toddler care package. Baytown Head Start parent Isabel Rodriguez showed up with her husband and two children. Eduardo, 4,  clutched one of two books he received called “What We Will Build.” “The food is very helpful right now with everything going on,” Rodriguez said. “Eduardo misses his school, but right now I’m his teacher.” Kadeija Merrill, mother of three, says she has a new respect for teachers as she struggles to keep them occupied and learning. Her 4-year old is full of questions. “I miss the teachers more than my kids do,” she said. The HCDE Board approved the $238,000 food program through an emergency board meeting, appropriating the funding from general HCDE funds to accommodate approximately 1,230 families. Food was purchased through Choice Partners, HCDE’s purchasing cooperative which supplies one million meals for Harris County students yearly. Distribution assistance was provided by Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s office. HCDE Superintendent James Colbert Jr. volunteered alongside HCDE staff and thanked the HCDE Board for recognizing and supplying basic family needs during the coronavirus. “These families will get staples which are hard to find in the grocery stores,” said Colbert. “We continue to find ways and the means to help our students’ families.” Head Start Senior Director Venetia Peacock emphasized her committment to keeping Head Start families healthy. “As families are vulnerable, this is one of the ways that we reach out and help,” said HCDE Head Start Senior Director Venetia Peacock. “We are HCDE strong, and we all care about our students and their families.” More care boxes will be assembled as food shipments arrive through the HCDE co-op Choice Partners. Geographic distribution will follow, and center directors and staff will notify HCDE Head Start families about pick-up dates. HCDE Head Start serves families of children ages six weeks to age 5 with 15 Head Start centers located in north to northeast Harris County. Income-eligible families and children with disabilities gain free Head Start services to help equip children with academic and social skills for school readiness. Families receive support services in the school readiness program through community partners. For more information about Head Start, visit http://www.hcde-texas.org/Head-Start. About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE is a unique, educational hybrid serving school districts, governmental agencies, nonprofits and the public in the third-largest county in the U.S. HCDE annually serves a quarter-million students and educators through schools for students with profound special needs; the largest adult education program in Texas; Head Start early childhood education; school-based therapy services; and afterschool programs. Educator professional development and certification, school safety, records management, and a purchasing cooperative are also provided. #SeeTheImpact at http://www.hcde-texas.org.   Source: HCDE

Harris County student artists and writers in grades 7-12 earned a record-breaking 176 national Scholastic Art & Writing Medals through awards announced by the New York nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers March 16. View Awardee List The student art and prose entries advanced from a regional competition sponsored by Harris County Department of Education. Sharing the national limelight are students from Aldine, Alief, Crosby, Cy-Fair, Deer Park, Galena Park, Houston, Katy, Klein, Pasadena, Pearland, Spring Branch and Tomball independent school districts and Calvin Nelms Charter. Private school recipients are from Bridgeland High, Duchesne Academy Of Sacred Heart, Emery Weiner, The Kinkaid School, Northland Christian, St. Agnes, St. John’s, St. Thomas High School, Veritas Christian Academy and The Village School. The Awards, founded in 1923, allow creative teen artists and writers to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.  View the list of the Silver and Gold Harris County Medalists: http://hcde-texas.org/media/uploads/2020/03/Scholastic-Gold-and-Silver-Medalists-Sheet_final.pdf Specialty Gold Medal awards went to two Houston-area teens. Grace Yin, an eleventh grader from Tomball Memorial High School in Tomball ISD earned the best-in-class, prestigious American Voices award for poetry while Vallery Orr, a tenth grader from Memorial High in Spring Branch ISD was named the best-in-class American Visions awardee for her digital art entry. Gold Medalists are recognized each year at a ceremony in New York City. Area celebrations and exhibits have been hosted throughout Houston to celebrate the artists, including exhibits at Texas Art Supply and The Galleria. “Scholastic Art & Writing is important because it allows teens to express themselves creatively and compete through writing and art genres,” said Harris County School Superintendent James Colbert, Jr. “In addition to the prestige of the Awards, students have scholarship opportunities for college. As regional sponsor, we are supporting fine arts initiatives in Harris County schools and celebrate the teachers and volunteer judges, along with the community supporters who provide venues for artist ceremonies and receptions.” For more information about how to enter, judge or sponsor the Awards in Harris County, go to http://www.hcde-texas.org/Scholastic or email HCDE coordinator Andrea Segraves, asegraves@hcde-texas.org . About Scholastic Art & Writing: Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. Past winners include celebrated artists and writers such as Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, John Lithgow, Joyce Carol Oates and Sylvia Plath. More at  http://www.artandwriting.org . Source: HCDE
Harris County Department of Education earned top honors for its work in communications and community engagement through the 2020 Texas School Public Relations Association Conference in Austin, TX. The Communications and Client Engagement divisions received four awards for “Best of Category,” a “Platinum Merit,” two “Crystal Merits,” 18 Gold Awards, 11 Silver Awards and seven Bronze Awards. The awards were judged among 1,606 entries, the highest number ever received since the awards program was launched. The Platinum Merit finalist award was garnered for the “See the Impact” campaign which promotes HCDE programs and services, including afterschool, school therapy services, adult education, Head Start and its special schools. The Platinum Award is the highest honor at the awards ceremony. “HCDE continues to evolve to serve the community, and it’s important to share these stories that shape our students, school districts and our at-large education community,” said James Colbert Jr., HCDE superintendent. “Congratulations to these talented communicators.” In addition to gaining the awards, communicators led several workshop sessions under the direction of Danielle Clark, chief communications officer. Stephanie De Los Santos was sworn in as TSPRA Executive Board incoming vice president at-large. The board makes decisions for the approximate 1,000 school PR professionals who are part of the organization. The Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communications. HCDE TSPRA Awards: Platinum Merit: “See the Impact” (public awareness campaign), Danielle Clark, HCDE Communications and Client Engagement Crystal Merits: “Photography Portfolio,” Dave Einsel “HCDE Website Launch,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes, Sheridan Labbe, Danielle Clark, Dave Einsel, Carol Vaughn, Angela Hider, Juan Lopez, Jeri Martinez, Daniel Villarreal Best of Category (and automatic Gold Awards): Brochure, “College and Career Readiness,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Photo, Academic/Classroom Subjects, “Story Time,” Dave Einsel Photo, Other Subjects, “Selfie Nation,” Dave Einsel Education Good News Campaign, “Good News You Can Use,” Carol Vaughn, Jeri Martinez, Juan Lopez, Danielle Clark, Dave Einsel Gold Awards: External Newsletter, “HCDE and You! Better Together,” HCDE Communications and Client  Brochure, Engagement staff “See the Impact Quadfold,” HCDE Communications Flyer, “Deer Park Fire: What You Need to Know,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Holiday/Commemorative, “HCDE Holiday Card,” Angela Hider and Jeri Martinez Holiday/Commemorative, “HCDE Division Christmas Cards,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Annual Report, “See the Impact: 2018-2019 Annual Report, HCDE Communications and Client Engagement Writing, “HCDE Public Recovery High School Provides Wrap-Around Approach for Addiction,” Carol Vaughn Website Template Driven Design, “HCDE Website,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes, Frederick Coppola, Sheridan Labbe, Teresa Juarez Published News Feature, Edited, “New School Meets Increased Service Demands for Area Students Behavioral Disorders, Autism,” Carol Vaughn Photo Academic/Classroom, “Hey,” Dave Einsel Photo Academic/Classroom, “Super Roundtable,” Dave Einsel Video Feature, “Celebrating Principals,” Daniel Villarreal, Dave Einsel, Carol Vaughn E-newsletter Internal, “Safety Tips of the Week: Hurricane Preparation,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Social Media Campaign, “New Website is Coming,” Angela Hider, Jeri Martinez Silver Awards: Published News or Feature, “2 in 5,000: Pasadena ISD’s Sam Rayburn High School Artists Earn American Visions Award,” Jeri Martinez Published News or Feature, “Academic and Behavior School Staff Know Importance of CPR Training,” Jeri Martinez Published News/Feature, “HCDE, Lamar Consolidated ISD Partner to Grow Positivity,” Carol Vaughn Photo Other Subjects, “Beaming,” Dave Einsel Photo Other Subjects, “Shy Reindeer,” Dave Einsel Video Promotional, “HCDE School-Based Therapy,” Daniel Villarreal, Dave Einsel, Carol Vaughn Video Promotional, “New Website Promo Video,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Video General Event, “Lights, Camera, Action, Nutrition,” Daniel Villarreal, Dave Einsel, Carol Vaughn E-newsletter External, “Choice Partners Leaders Choice Newsletter,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Special Event, “The DO-NUT Campaign,” Angela Hider, Danielle Clark Writing, “Personal Struggle for Deer Park Student Leads to Scholastic Regional Recognition and Nomination,” Jeri Martinez Bronze Awards: Program, “Rise Against Human Trafficking Summit,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Specialty/Novelty Writing, “12 Days to HCDE Head Start Christmas Cards,” Jeri Martinez Computerized/Electronic Communication, “Choice Partners Christmas E-blast Video,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Non-English Speaking Audience, “Training for Career in Adult Education,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Annual Report, “Rise Up through Recovery,” Jeri Martinez, Angela Hider Image/Identity Package, “Logo and Brand Redesign,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Advertisement Other, “HCDE Exhibit Display,” Stephanie De Los Santos, Janet Wachs, John Covanes Source: HCDE

Emmanuel Cabrera

College professor Emmanuel Cabrera, 71, and his banker wife lived a magnificent life in Venezuela before their country became dangerous.  After escaping to America with just the clothes on their backs, they became U.S. citizens. In their new world, Cabrera is a maintenance man. The couple lives with their son in Katy, TX. As a student in the English as a Second Language for Professionals class at Harris County Department of Education, Cabrera joins other older learners who immigrated from South American countries and Asia to rethink their lives. The unique class was created for ESL professionals who come to the U.S. with college degrees in their native countries and professions in teaching, medicine, banking, technology and public relations. Need for the class came as HCDE manager May O’Brien researched that 50 percent of the ESL students at the adult learner community location in Katy had college degrees. HCDE Adult Education provides workforce training, ESL and GED classes at more than 65 locations in Harris and Liberty counties at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis. Most students studied English as their second language through formal reading and writing classes in their home countries.  They need English conversation skills and practical knowledge about how to write resumes, practice for job interviews and to understand workplace culture and career services. “Targeting foreign professionals to transition them to a professional job in the U.S. that utilizes their previous educational training and work experience is one of the state initiatives in Texas,” said O’Brien. Since HCDE provides adult education workforce programs such as certified nursing assistant, phlebotomy, business office technology, customer service and construction, the class acts as the perfect bridge to help ESL professionals find their new careers in America. Zsa Zsa Caburao, who teaches the class, knows the struggles of being a new foreign professional first-hand. She came to the U.S. from the Philippines and worked at Starbucks as a barista to earn money to pay for getting college credential authentication. Tagalog is her first language, but she studied British English in her home country.

Zsa Zsa Caburao

“It’s not a piece of cake to be back at square one,” she said. “But the whole of life—from the moment you are born to the moment you die is a process of learning.” As a teacher, Caburao asks lots of questions about differences and similarities of her students’ languages. Students work in groups to complete projects, much like the workforce requires. As she collects and checks homework, she finds time to crack jokes and talk about life’s trials. “For me, she is a great teacher because she helps her students so much,” said Marbella Bolivar, 62, a former math professor from Venezuela.

Marbella Bolivar, far right

Wiping her tears, Bolivar tells a story about her son who is a political prisoner in the country she ran from. Her mother, 82, could not leave, and her condition is unknown. Within the next few months, it is her goal to leave her restaurant job and become a substitute teacher in Katy ISD with her newly acquired conversation skills. Claudia Delattibodier, 47, moved from Honduras 14 years ago with a public relations degree in her country and used her Spanish skills to work in a law office. After raising her children, she is ready to become a “change-maker” as she turns to social work as a career. Speaking fluent English will help her realize her dreams.
“We are all here for a reason, and it should be for the good of all,” Delattibodier said.

Claudia Delattibodier, far right

(HCDE Adult Education is the largest, no-cost adult education program in Texas, with a variety of health care and construction career training options in Harris and Liberty counties. Students may also take English as a second language classes and high school equivalency degree classes simultaneously in a traditional classroom setting or online. For more information, go to http://http://www.hcde-texas.org/adult-education.) Source: HCDE

Parent Valeria Aparicio appreciates the Food Science Fair initiated at her son’s Harris County Department of Education Channelview Head Start Center.

As a health-conscious parent, she cooks with organic ingredients as much as possible and uses the oven instead of frying the family meals. When son Alexander Ramirez came home talking about vegetables, she decided they could create a buzz about healthy foods through a recipe for the Food Science Fair competition.

Mom and son won first place for their “Spinach Oat Pancakes Recipe.” Second place went to Kennedi Welch for a savory, broccoli rice-cheese casserole, and Zari Cerf gained third place for her favorite banana pudding.

HCDE Head Start uses the Food Science Fair to fold nutrition curriculum into school readiness activities. Each center provides a friendly contest for families as they devise a recipe using a vegetable or fruit. This year’s winning entries included a fresh-fruit peach pie, broccoli salad, banana pudding, carved pineapple and more.

“Nutrition is an integral part of a child’s development, and the fair is a way to partner with families to promote health eating habits,” said Venetia Peacock, senior director of HCDE Head Start. “Nutrition is a critical part of our curriculum because it’s important to a child’s physical and mental well-being.”

Ramirez helped create the tri-fold science display which accompanied the pancakes the judges taste-tested. He washed the lettuce, helped decorate the plate with banana and topped his pancakes with organic honey.

Mother Aparicio plans to start volunteering at the center where parents are encouraged to assist and help make decisions about activities at their school. In particular, the community garden interests her.

“After finding out about the programs parents can be involved in with their children, I would like to be more active,” she said.

Recipe for Alexander’s Award-Winning Spinach Oat Pancakes (serves 6):

1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups fresh baby spinach
2 over-ripe bananas
Dash vanilla extract
Dash ground cinnamon
100 percent organic natural honey
Add water as needed
Blend oats to powder, preheat butter in pan for cooking pancakes
Wash spinach leaves
Add spinach and remainder of ingredients to blender; pulse 3-4 times for a smooth batter.
Cook pancakes in pan with butter


Source: HCDE
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez dropped in on 20 troubled teens at Harris County Department of Education’s Highpoint School on Feb. 24 to just let them know he cares. The sheriff of Texas’ largest county delivered the goodwill message through a litany of hard facts about a county jail system filled with 9,000 inmates. Many suffer from mental illness, addiction or poverty. “I want you to be successful,” he said, making eye contact with teens. “It’s important for you to have this same belief in yourself.” Highpoint School is an alternative school for troubled teens. Local school districts contract with HCDE for services. Rules and regulations are rewarded with a point system that reinforces good behavior and adherence to academics. Emphasis is placed on improved social skills with the goal for students to return to their home schools. Gonzalez told the teens who range in age from 13-17 to see their misfortune as opportunity. “It’s a door opening up to you, so learn something from it,” he said. “If you continue down the path that brought you here, some will end up dead, some will end up incarcerated or in prison. Life is too short.” As Gonzalez answered questions, a 16-year old slowly raised his hand. “What can you do to motivate yourself?” he asked. The sheriff confirmed the question with a nod, replying slowly with a lowered voice. “Everyone has this little voice, and sometimes we walk up with more negative thoughts than positive,” Gonzalez said. “That voice is your subconscious. When you find yourself in a tough situation, quit digging a hole and try to get rid of those negative thoughts.”

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez talks with students and staff at Highpoint, February 24, 2020.

With lunch hour approaching, the sheriff asked the teens if he might return to talk to them again. Heads nod. “I liked it because it shows people care,” said student Joshua LaFrance. “It makes me think a little differently. It was pretty cool of him to come.” Emily Sanchez, 14, is enrolled at Highpoint because she was involved in a fight. She sees what can go wrong if she loses her temper again. Something could happen that can’t be reversed. Incarceration could be in her future if she doesn’t gain control. “I feel like I can change that,” she said. “It’s good he is coming here and presenting to us.” Gonzalez thanks the teens as he leaves the room and stops to shake a few hands. “Thank you all very much,” the Harris County sheriff said. “We’re here to help you.” (Highpoint School provides services to students in grades 6-12 through a small, structured learning environment. The HCDE Highpoint program teaches self-discipline to help students learn to make better choices. For more information, go to http://www.hcde-texas.org/schools .) Source: HCDE
Before the Christmas break, Fortis Academy Principal Anthony Moten thought it would be a good idea to have a therapy pet at the school to help with students’ social-emotional needs. Fortis is Harris County’s first public high school for students recovering with alcohol and drug abuse addiction. Fortis English Teacher Rachel Finley was out with her husband at a lumber yard one day and came across a small, black, mixed-breed dog. She asked a worker if it was his, and he said no that she just showed up. “He told me I could take her home, so we did,” Finley said. “She was really good with my kids at home, and thought she would be the same with our Fortis students.” She messaged Moten about the one-and-a-half-year-old chihuahua-yorkie mix and decided to see how she would interact with the students. When school started back in January, Finley took the newly named Allie to school and was pleased about how she did with everyone. “She did great, and it was like she was born to be here at Fortis,” Finley said. “We definitely found our Fortis pet.” In the morning she gets excited when the students start arriving and jumps on them as they enter the school. Allie goes from class to class greeting the students and teachers throughout the day while wearing one of her many Fortis Academy shirts. “She’s really cute and good with all of us,” said senior Karen Espinoza. “Allie’s a loveable dog,” sophomore Yadhira Martinez said. The main goal for Allie while on campus is to help students with emotional therapy. Staff and students have noticed the school environment has been happy since Allie has been on campus. Finley doesn’t take Allie to school when it’s raining, and they see the effects of her not being there. “That first day I didn’t bring her we were all just having a bad day, and students kept telling me that I should have brought Allie,” she said. “I was one of those students that asked for Allie that day,” said sophomore Julian Guerrero. “She definitely changes our mood.” Source: HCDE

Left: Matthew Kirkpatrick and Anthony Abarca

It all started with a 6-year-old boy’s daily commute with his parents and a homeless man playing guitar on a busy northeast Houston street corner. The man serenaded the boy’s mother as the car idled at the red light. The little boy teased his mom that the “guitar man” liked her. Eleven years later, Aldine Independent School District student artist Anthony Abarca returned to that corner to photograph and meet the man named Northside Ray and tell the old man’s story through imagery. The teen’s photograph entitled “Love Affair” depicts a weathered homeless man with dried, caked blood on his face. The man’s piercing blue eyes make the case for hope, not despair. The photo earned the Carver High School senior an American Visions nomination, one of five best-of-show art awards judged in a pool of more than 5,000 entries with Harris County Department of Education as regional affiliate of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teacher Matthew Kirkpatrick says the often cliché influence of photography on teens via social media and advertising is strong, but he tries to show students the meaningful side of photography. The storytelling concept stuck with high school senior Abarca. “It sparked my idea of how every day we see less fortunate people and how we never really get the chance to know their story,” said Abarca, reflecting on his teacher’s influence. “Mr. Kirkpatrick taught me that I can’t be afraid to try new things and that my work must have meaning through a story that I want to tell. I will never forget that and will continue to show it through my work.” Setting out to find Ray wasn’t that hard. Abarca found the homeless man on the same street corner he left him in his memories a decade before. His decision to photograph Ray helped him understand the plight of the homeless. A twist of fate had put Ray on the street, and he never found his way back. As Ray grew older, homelessness became more difficult and dangerous. In fact, the day Abarca took the man’s photo, the old man had just been beaten. Two months after taking the photo, Abarca returned to Near Northside to share the photo and an award he had won in a juried art show. Northside Ray died after being stabbed on the streets. Abarca never got the chance to share Ray’s infamy. The photograph “Love Affair” will now be judged at the national level through Scholastic Art & Writing in New York City, and that feels good to both student and teacher. Awardees will be notified on March 16, and an awards ceremony will be held in New York City Carnegie Hall in June. “I am both nervous and excited for Anthony and what this means moving forward,” said Kirkpatrick. “I appreciate this contest (Scholastic) in comparison to the others that my students participate in for it’s high regard to concept. I often tell my students that this contest will judge their work as that of an adult artist.” For information about HCDE’s Scholastic Art & Writing 2020 exhibits and receptions or to enter, judge or sponsor the Awards, go to https://hcde-texas.org/scholastic-awards or email Andrea Segraves, asegraves@hcde-texas.org. View the Awards press release: https://wp.me/p4QJFl-18s . Source: HCDE