Starting March 4, the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District will be celebrating Texas Public Schools Week. The week gives students and educators the opportunity to come together and celebrate classrooms across the state.
Vernon Middle School kicked off the week by bringing students, teachers, administrators, school board and community members together. Speakers stressed the importance that public education plays in the lives of millions of students.
“Texas public schools educate five million students a year,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores. “At HCISD, we work to provide our students with a quality education and serve as a role model for not only our region but for the state of Texas. This week is about public education and setting an example that can be used to educate our students for future success.”
Former Vernon student, Humberto Sanchez, who is currently serving in the Avionic Systems Division at the Johnson Space Center, was the school’s special guest. In addition, the Vernon band, orchestra and boy’s choir entertained the crowd with spirited numbers.
Throughout the rest of the week, campuses will hold events to promote campus unity and support the week’s mission. Campuses open their doors to welcome parents and community members to showcase the educational programs offered.
Although the week calls for celebration, it serves as a reminder for community members of the benefit of supporting public education.
“My message to you is that education is an investment,” said George McShan, HCISD Board of Trustees Vice- President. “ I want to share with our staff, parents, citizens and students that we are investing in you, our students, because you are our future. We have five million students enrolled in Texas public schools and five million reasons to support public education.”