The Uvalde High School drama club has raised $3,000 out of the needed $40,000 needed to make possible a New York City trip set for May 2017. Despite several fundraisers and the proceeds from the fall play “The Velveteen Rabbit,” there isn’t enough money coming in.
In October, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board trustees heard from Uvalde High School theatre teacher Tifani Pust about the idea of a New York field trip for drama club members.
Trustees were on board with the educational field trip. Now, however, with the proposed trip scheduled for May 26-29, there is some growing concern about money and if there will be enough of it.
“We need donors,” said Pust. “We’re aware of the fact that fundraising alone will not raise enough money.”
El Progreso Memorial Library’s Artist of the Month for December is Bea Ybarra of Uvalde. Originally from Kingsville, Ybarra moved to Uvalde in 1999 to advance her career in art. She graduated from Texas A&I University – now Texas A&M University – Kingsville – with a bachelor’s degree to teach all level art students, as well as her elementary certification. She taught general education fifth-grade classes for 11 years before moving into the art classroom.
Two Dudes and a Diva and the Uvalde High School choir will be performing Christmas songs at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. The show will produce songs that vary from classical to jazz to Christmas gospel, as well as family favorite sing alongs.
Uvalde High School Career and Technical Education teacher Carol Brewer is setting the stage for students who may want to pursue a career in the health care field. Brewer teaches Medical Terminology and Principles of Health Science at UHS. While she is a first-year teacher, she has 20 years of experience in many aspects of nursing care.
If you were limited to one word to describe Coach Cindy Griffin, it would be competitor. That’s the trait she portrayed when she competed in high school athletics, and it carried over into her coaching career. She demanded athletes train hard, make the most of their ability and remember her battle cry, “Don’t waste any steps.” Translated, that means you go all out, all the time.
Twenty years ago this month, seven Uvalde High School athletes made history as they captured the 1996 Class 4-A UIL State Cross Country championship. It was just the third state title in Uvalde High School history. The other two were football (1972) and baseball (1977). Cross-country is definitely a team effort although run by individuals. Seven runners compete in the meet with points being decided by the finish of the top five. Uvalde had four finishers in the top 20 that propelled them to the gold medal.
Coulter’s Grocery and Market has long stood abandoned at the corner of Mesquite and Camp streets. From the 1940s to the 1970s the small mom-and-pop store served the families of the area, but it is probably most memorable to the children who frequented the store, often cashing in soda or milk bottles for a prized candy bar, popsicle, or Dixie Cup. Clem Beard, a 1960 Uvalde High School graduate, recalls moving to 509 E. Mesquite St. after eighth grade.
San Antonio-based Mexican-American author and teacher Guadalupe Garcia McCall visited the Uvalde High School library on Oct. 27 to talk with students at their annual literacy night. McCall spoke about her book, “Shame the Stars,” which is her third published young adult novel.