BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Jamie Westbrook has 25 years in social work and has spent 10 of those at Forte Junior High.
There, she oversees the Communities in Schools (CIS) program that focuses on keeping kids in school.
CIS is the largest drop-out prevention program in America, Westbrook said.
The days of “pushing college” to students are over. Now there are trade school options and that’s part of the strategy that helps keep seventh and eighth grade kids in school, she noted.
In Azle, CIS began 11 years ago with a single employee at the high school.
The program has grown, and Westbrook – who is not an AISD employee but gets half of her pay covered by the district which also provides her with workspace – works with junior high counselors.… Read the rest
Among 2,174 entries writing on the theme “My Vision for America,” the AHS senior finished 12th.
She won $3,000 for that effort and, on May 18, the Azle VFW added another $1,000 to her winnings.
Tittle, who played several sports at AHS and was a member of the student council, National Honor Society, and other groups, has been accepted at Texas A&M where she will major in biomedical sciences.… Read the rest
BY JACKIE “JJ” JOY
At the Azle Senior Center, located at 605 Southeast Parkway in Ash Creek Park, we like to celebrate life.
Shirley Roland has a new great-grandson. The Joys have a new great-niece as well. It is exciting to see our heritage continue.
Tom Horn recently returned from a long road trip of more than 4,000 miles. He took the famous and historic Route 66 and traveled to the state of Washington. He returned with stories of his adventures. Welcome home, Tom.
Those participants who are signed up to receive pet food need to be aware that it will be given out on Wednesday or the day it is delivered to the Center.… Read the rest
Three Azle residents have earned bachelor’s degrees from separate universities.
Emily Ditmore graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor of science degree in forensic science as well as a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice-general criminal justice as a part of the spring 2016 class, which included 2,102 students.
Sierra Skye Gordon graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler and was awarded a bachelor of science degree in health studies during a spring 2016 commencement on May 6 and 7.
Brittany Elder graduated from UMass Dartmouth with an undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences during the commencement ceremony held in May at UMass Dartmouth.… Read the rest
Plenty of generations of folks from Azle – youth and adults – have made the trip annually to the Fort Worth Stock Show.
Whether showing animals or competing in the rodeo, local cowboys and cowgirls are more than familiar with the complex in the Cowtown cultural area.
However, things are changing over there, Matt Brockman, publicity manger of the Stock Show, told the Azle Rotary Club May 19.
The wintertime event is always growing and the 2016 show broke the attendance record, Brockman said.… Read the rest
Azle ISD Food Service will again sponsor the Seamless Summer Meal Program that provides free meals for children 1-18 over the summer months.
Dates, meals and times differ.
Azle High School
At AHS, 1200 Boyd Road, breakfast and lunch will be available every Thursday from June 9 through Aug. 11.
Breakfasts will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. until noon.
Pelican Bay Park
Lunch only will be available Monday-Thursday from 11:30-noon from June 6 through Aug. 11.
Pelican Bay Park is located at 1300 Pelican Circle.
From Monday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 22, the school at 484 Sandy Beach Road will offer breakfasts and lunches.… Read the rest