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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:41 pm

Editor:

How many citizens know what they are missing when they drive down Sixth Street in the Mitte Cultural District and don’t stop in to the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art? The museum’s mission is to contribute to the art and education and cultural enrichment of the community, to exhibit works of art, to offer educational programs for children and adults, to encourage and develop the appreciation and advancement of art in our community.

The International Art Show began in 1972 organized by the Brownsville Art League at the Neale House and adjoining museum, and has continued yearly since the name was changed in 2001 to the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. In 2006 the museum opened a in new 17,000-square-foot building in the Mitte Cultural District.

The 47th International Art Show opened on March 27 with a reception for artists and guests. The show will run until April 27. It is an eclectic show of art selected for their own unique and thoughtprovoking qualities.

There are 160 works distributed among eight different categories and from seven different countries: Singapore, Canada, China, Greece, France, Mexico and the 26 U.S. states. The curator and coordinator of this show was Alejandro Macias from the Rio Grande Valley School of Art and the judges were Mauricio Saenz from Matamoros and Joe Harjo from the Southwest School of Art.

The award for Best of Show went to a local artist, Jesus Trevino from Brownville for his innovative oil on panel installation “The Fragment of Self.” Awards were given in the different categories of entries, drawing, printmaking, painting, photography digital media, water media, mixed media and sculpture.

This show will be followed by the Annual Member’s Show, which will open on the evening of May 15.

Take time to appreciate the arts in our community by visiting the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art at Sixth and Ringgold streets. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. Wednesday, with half admission from 4 to 8. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and students, children under 6 free.

Marilyn Brown

Brownsville

Become aware about alcohol

Editor:

We recently observed Alcohol Awareness Month, and what a better time to talk about alcohol prevention than when prom season is in session?

Alcohol Awareness Month started in 1987 to help reduce the stigma of alcohol addiction. Throughout the month of April there were national, statewide and local events aimed at educating people about alcohol prevention. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on what is going on in the community to take initiative on promoting prevention.

According to the Texas School Survey of 2018, 33.5 percent of seventh-to-12thgrade students in South Texas have consumed alcohol within the academic school year, meaning that one-third of students partake in drinking within a year. When asked at what age they first tried alcohol, the students responded 13.4 years old. In addition, one-fifth of seventhto- 12th-grade students reported that alcohol was “always” or “almost always” present at parties.

Now that you know the data, here is what you can do to prevent youth alcohol consumption in your community. You can educate others, such as parents and teachers, on the data discussed in this letter to the editor. If you are a parent or guardian, have a conversation with your youth on the consequences that come with consuming alcohol at a young age. Be specific on the consequences and reassure them that these rules are placed for their safety and protection from risks associated with alcohol use, such as poisoning, embarrassing behavior and awful situations like rape or even death.

The Prevention Resource Center, a program of Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas, serves as the central data collection repository for South Texas. To find

out more about the prevention work being conducted in your community visit, www.prc11.org or call (956) 787-7111.

Martha Gutierrez

Pharr

Being there for the kids

Editor:

As a former teacher, I know just how much impact educators have in every child’s life.

Growing up, I loved school and always felt this sense of excitement to meet my teachers every year. I vividly remember my very first day of kindergarten, when my mother walked me down what seemed to be an endless walkway. I could feel the South Texas heat beating down on me, and I could barely fight back the tears swelling up in my eyes as my heartbeat raucously pounded in my chest, ears and throat.

In spite of feeling excited, I had this anxiety and so many questions in my head. “Would my teacher like me, take care of me? Would she make sure that I would learn what I needed to learn? Would my teacher value me and my dreams even though I was mostly speaking Spanish?”

My mother was my first teacher. She taught me many things: my name, to read and write, to say my ABCs and how to count. I had high expectations for my teacher. I wanted and needed her to be like my Mom. As we neared the open door to what would be the beginning of my educational journey, these final questions also emerged, “Would my teacher be someone who loves me and nurtures me?”

The answer to all those questions that I had and that every child has — whether they are entering kindergarten, the sixth grade or the 12th grade — should be a resounding yes! All children deserve an excellent education.

All children in our community have endless potential. This is something we have known in the Rio Grande Valley for a long time. As champions for kids, we have committed to ensuring that our students have access to opportunities that will change their life trajectory for generations to come.

This is also at the heart of Teach For America’s mission. Unlocking potential, fueling talents and working with others to build pathways for the next generation are our key goals.

From April 15-18, classrooms across the Valley commemorated Teach For America Week. This was an annual opportunity for our organization to join forces with members of the community in support of students.

We know that every child has unlimited potential and that together we can ensure that each student receives the shot they deserve. It takes bold leadership to do that, and it begins in every classroom with educators who believe in their kids and who empower them to pursue big dreams.

But it cannot end there. Nearly 30 years in, what we at Teach For America have seen is that the work begins in the classroom but also requires the efforts of school and district leaders, parents and family, civic organizations, elected representatives and business owners to support students in finding their place in the world. We are thankful to be part of a community that puts children first and works together with this in mind.

This community partnership can be seen year round, and is at a peak when we come together to bring incredible and diverse guest teachers into our Valley schools to teach a lesson for our students.

During Teach For America week we welcome elected officials, attorneys, business executives, higher education leaders, journalists and many other role models to engage with our phenomenal students. Teach For America Week raises awareness about our mission and connects our students to different careers and opportunities, which keeps them centered on their academic experience and hopes for the future.

We are deeply grateful to all of our community leaders for their time and wisdom. By working together, we can ensure that the next generation of leaders in the Valley are set up for a lifelong pathway of success.

Ana D. Gonzalez

Executive director

Teach For America

Rio Grande Valley region

McAllen

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