CROSBY The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual New Educators Luncheon last Thursday at the David H. McNerney American Legion Post #658 in which the Chamber members contribute about $21,000 to fete, donate to and show off the bright minds that come to challenge and stimulate the indigenous young minds of school students.
Generally, it is an expense for the Chamber and membership that is offset by the importance of the Chambers value in education, and can only be afforded if the local public shops locally.
Main sponsors that should be recognized for tremendous contribution are Community Resource Credit Union, Crawfish Shak, Crosby Church, Crosby Office Supplies and Bayou City Wings cooked. For example, Crosby Church has donated school supplies totalling over $200,000 to local schools.
This year, Dr. Cathy Kemper, Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Chamber, Vice President of Learning at Lee College, made the introductions of the school Superintendents. From her 33 years of teaching in higher education she said, You will never realize the impact you will make on each and everyone of your students. I want you to realize that this Chamber of Commerce will always support you.
Becky Shifert of Community Resource Credit Union emphasised the importance of education to local business.
Benny Soileau, Superintendent of Huffman ISD spoke of a renovation project going on at Ben Bowen Early Childhood Center, a $4 M Project, from the fund balance from a frugal board and administrative staff. Then he introduced his board and administrative staff before new personnel.
Dr. Soileau outlined the values Huffman ISD hoped to instill within students. They identified 26 traits that they desired and intend to focus on the top five over the next two years. Perseverance was the most often recognized trait and has contributed to this years theme, The Grit to Succeed.
In the first two days of registration Huffman ISD had 321 new students. That will create a strong challenge for the Class 3A school even with 51 new educators.
Dr. Keith Moore addressed the crowd with humor and grace as he introduced all to his board of trustees, 65 new personnel that deal directly with children daily and 18 more educators with special emphasis.