Clergy, educators gather to support public schools

first_img ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ West Texas director for Pastors for Texas Children Rev. Booby Broyles speaks about public schools loosing funding and the need for church involvement to help during a public meeting Thursday at the West Texas Food Bank. Pastor of Connection Christian Church Dawn Weaks speaks about funding cuts to education during a public meeting with Pastors for Texas Children Thursday at the West Texas Food Bank. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleChildren’s ministry fundraiserNext articlePBAF announces online scholarship application platform admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 of 2 Home Local News Clergy, educators gather to support public schools OC employee of the year always learning center_img Pastor of Connection Christian Church Dawn Weaks speaks about funding cuts to education during a public meeting with Pastors for Texas Children Thursday at the West Texas Food Bank. Local News Clergy, educators gather to support public schools “We are very cognizant of the fact of separation of church and state, so we are not evangelical in the sense that we are going into the schools and trying to convert students,” Broyles said. “We are there to help administrators, teachers and students be the best they can be. That can be done in all kinds of ways,” Broyles said.A small part of what Pastors for Texas Children does is advocate for public education in Austin to keep public money from being spent for private schools, he added.“We love private schools. We love home schools, but we don’t believe public money should be spent for that purpose. We believe it’s a violation of separation of church of state,” Broyles said at Thursday’s meeting.“We believe that it is the only way to go because once state money begins to filter into churches and church schools, then it’s just a matter of time, if not immediately, that all the regulations and everything else follows that. We believe private means private, and as much we value private education we simply believe it,” Broyles added.He added that there are millions of children who would not be able to afford private school, even if they had a voucher.“We are standing up for those who can’t speak for themselves in that way,” Broyles said.In 2011, Broyles said the state took $5 billion out of public schools. Two years later, they put 60 percent back in and “crowed” about how they had refunded public education.A few years ago, Broyles said the state was providing 52 percent of school funding and now it’s around 38 percent.“Compound that with 180,000-plus new students in Texas every year. We are woefully, woefully, woefully underfunded,” Broyles said.Pastors for Texas Children doesn’t endorse candidates, but he said there are always good, conservative people running for office who support public schools and educators just need to know who they are.“If teachers vote as a bloc, they can get what they need,” Broyles said.With reduced state funding, Weaks said the state is looking to local communities to make up the difference in property taxes. Funds for extracurricular activities, such as fine arts and athletics, have been cut in half, and those programs may the only reason some students go to school, Weaks said.Broyles was a pastor for 42 years and is now the interim pastor at First Baptist Church in Cisco. Broyles said his group gave Seliger and other legislators its highest award recently. He observed that it’s tough to be pro public education in the Texas Senate, but Seliger has stood up to the “lies and deceit.”Pastors for Texas Children has been fighting against vouchers since 1996. It was hoped that the idea would be defeated by now, but that hasn’t happened. He said the last two legislative sessions, his group has stopped vouchers. He added that private schools don’t have to take all students.Broyles said there is a misconception among school superintendents that someone from Pastors for Texas Children would probably want to gripe about the schools not praying enough or not teaching the right things. But they want to help, Broyles said.“Teachers are doing God’s work. Pastors for Texas Children believes even non-Christian teachers are doing God’s work,” Broyles said.Broyles said one of the things he wanted to get people thinking about what they can do together as churches for schools. He mentioned working with parents and students on filling out college financial aid forms and having quarterly meetings with school administrators to find out what is going on in the schools.He added that anybody and any church, no matter how they feel about vouchers, can be part of the effort.“We need to help all kids, wherever the Lord gives us the opportunity to do so,” Broyles said.Weaks said the next step is gathering a group of interested church leaders and pastors with Debbie Lieb, community liaison specialist with Volunteers and Partners at ECISD, to get churches volunteering and supporting the schools in tangible ways.Weaks said Thursday’s gathering was encouraging.“I was really pleased by the turnout and the way people are passionate about our schools. It was great to see that kind of dedication,” Weaks said. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School WhatsApp By admin – February 17, 2018 Pastors for Texas ChildrenECISD Volunteers & PartnersConnection Christian ChurchWith the idea of bringing faith leaders and educators together to help Odessa schools, the Rev. Dawn Weeks, co-pastor of Connection Christian Church, organized a Celebration of Public Education luncheon.Held at the West Texas Food Bank, it attracted about 30 people from local churches and Ector County Independent School District. Retired educators, interested community members and representatives for Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa also were on hand.The Rev. Bobby Broyles, West Texas regional director and board president of Pastors for Texas Children, spoke to attendees about the organization, its goal of having every church to adopt a school and reviewed its history.Made up of faith leaders, educators and pastors, Pastors for Texas Children is five years old, Broyles said. Twitter Pinterest Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Jim Ferry admits illegal dumping and apologises to council

first_imgHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Previous articleTeenager on trial accused of raping 16 year old in DonegalNext articleRyanair pilots to strike on July 12th News Highland Twitter Donegal waste collector, Jim Ferry has admitted dumping tens of thousands of tons of waste illegally at a site in Rossbracken, Letterkenny.According to the Irish Times, Mr Ferry apologised to Donegal County Council and offered to give them two lots of cash, €80,000 and €78,000 that were seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau, if the money is released, as part of an affidavit sworn last week.Jim Ferry told the High Court today that for the sale of his companies he received €158,000 but is now broke and unemployed and will shortly file for bankruptcy.The affidavit also contained claims made by Mr Ferry that the illegal dumping by him at Rossbracken was a desperate act when he discovered a problem with the weighing of bins collected.Richard Lyons SC said this explanation was ‘quite frankly ludicrous’ and not ‘totally truthful’.The court also heard today an application by Donegal County Council to have Mr Ferry jailed for contempt.He has been under threat of being jailed for contempt since last August for failing to co-operate with the council.According to the Irish Times, the council has now retained a forensic accountant to test the information in the affidavit.Mr Justice Peter Kelly spared Mr Ferry immediate incarceration in jail but only on the basis that he co-operates with the council’s forensic accountant and continues to co-operate with the council’s efforts to remediate the Rossbracken site.The case has been adjourned until July 31st. WhatsApp Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Facebook Jim Ferry admits illegal dumping and apologises to council Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – July 3, 2018 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Bruh moment of 4th November 2019: Throwback to when Buffon seduced a female giant!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Puma/MediasetAdvertisement 4y42xnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs44zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7864( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) alWould you ever consider trying this?😱51if4vCan your students do this? 🌚9evdRoller skating! Powered by Firework In a career that has been spanning over two decades, Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has achieved alot, from winning the Serie A 9 times to lifting the FIFA World Cup in 2006. But did you know once he won the heart of a Giantess and saved Italy from destruction? Puma knows.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Puma/MediasetThe German sports and clothing brand released the commercial in 2003 starring Italian model and actress Valentina Biancospino alongside a 25 year old Buffon, who had just joined the Old Lady 2 seasons prior. Check out the ad below, posted on YouTube channel GiantessFanatico.Advertisement In the clip, Valentina, portraying a huge giantess, is shown causing havoc around a city, from destroying cars to devouring citizens. The military, who’s rockets and missiles are no match for the giantess, contacts Buffon, who arrives as the giantess is using her eye rays to burn down buildings. However, as Buffon calls her “Hey, Bella!” the giantess falls in love with the player, picks him up and gives him a kiss.The ad was a huge success for Puma as the usage of giantesses in the media was becoming a mainstream at the time. Max Power London, a car show also tried the same with Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt, and CSL too campaigned the same starring English actress Claire Forlani.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Nelson Selects U15 Girls Claim U16 Gold

first_img“They gave the Columbia Valley defence all they could handle throughout the entire game.”The third game featured the younger U16 Columbia Valley team, but Nelson stayed with their same attacking style and crisp passing to once again come out the stronger side.Seven minutes into the game, Julia Burkart delivered a perfect pass to team captain Sofia Arcuri in the middle who launched a 25 yard shot that sailed over the Columbia Valley keeper.At the 20 minute mark striker Abby Beauchamp put away a rebound to make the game 2-0 and the U15s held onto the lead for the rest of the game.Needing a win to secure top spot, Sunday morning at 7 a.m. the U15s faced their toughest challenge of the tournament, the Nelson Selects U16 Girls.With both teams playing a similar style of possession soccer taught by the Nelson Whitecaps Program, the game was a treat for soccer purists.Two minutes into the game, the younger Nelson side shocked the U16s when Beauchamp juked the older defender and struck a perfect shot on goal from just outside the 18-yard box that sailed in under the crossbar.The U16s then went onto to gain the edge in play for the remainder of the first half but could not penetrate the strong U15 defence.The second half featured great play by both teams with an even half. With time running out, U16 forward Laurel Halleran had the best opportunity of the half when she fired a beautiful shot on net that tested U15 keeper Hanna Quinn who preserved the shutout and her perfect weekend.“That final game was a great effort by both teams,” said Burkart.“Coach Pete Quinn and I were very proud of the way all of our girls played in a game against excellent competition.”Burkart added that the key to their success was team defence, which was anchored by the back line of Allison Bendis, Ruby Seright, Bella Guderyan, Ashley Hall and Julia Burkart who were absolutely rock solid, frustrating the opponents with their play.“We accomplished our goal of creating a lot of offence and as a result scored some very nice goals.” said Burkart.“But the defensive play of our whole team and especially that of our back line was what really set us up for the success we had.” Playing against older and bigger competition, the Nelson Selects U15 Girls used speed, determination and stingy defense to fuel them to the U16 Division gold medal in the annual Terry Walgren Memorial Tournament in Nelson past weekend.The U15s came into the tournament hungry for their first wins of the season and didn’t disappoint amassing a perfect 4-0 record and not allowing a single goal against.“Our first tournament of the season was against some really tough older American teams earlier this month at the Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d’Alene and though we played well, we simply did not get the offense we were hoping for,” said U15 coach Paul Burkart.“The goal this weekend was continue to play a defensive game but also create more scoring chances – and that is exactly what the girls did.”The tournament started with a Friday night contest against the Kootenay South U16 squad. Nelson dominated play from the opening whistle and 20 minutes into the opening half Shianne Michalchuk finished a nice play that included great passing between forwards Grace Dehnel, Jodi Surina and Mattea Lorenzo.The Nelson side continued to control play, getting numerous great scoring chances. Sixteen minutes into the second half, determined work by Dehnel led to a turnover and a nice passing play between Michalchuk and Shane Panko Dool who scored from 10 yards out. The game ended with a 2-0 victory for Nelson.Late Saturday morning, the Nelson U15s took on Columbia Valley U16-17s in a game that again saw the home side dominate play. Michalchuk scored 11 minutes into the game when she launched a bullet from just outside the 18-yard box to set the tone for a stellar game for the speedy Nelson striker.Two minutes later, Nelson forward Ruby Creighton landed a shot on net that was saved by the Columbia Valley keeper, but Michalchuk pounced on the rebound to make the score 2-0.Eight minutes into the second half, Michalchuk created a turnover deep in the  Columbia Valley zone and roofed a shot for her hat trick goal that ensured her team the 3-0 victory.“It was a real gritty strong performance by Shianne and all of our forwards,” said Burkart.last_img read more