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Featured Grant Story: Building Strong Families

What is Building Strong Families? The purpose of Building Strong Families is to offer the opportunity for skill development so that families and those who work with them are able to provide the care and guidance needed for positive emotional, social and cognitive growth. They serve the entire South Plains as well as all of the school districts in the Region XVII Education Service Center area. They recognize the stress and challenges that parents and grandparents face on a daily basis. They also recognize the need for those who work with parents to have affordable and appropriate training. Building Strong Families in Action Building Strong Families conducts an annual parenting conference. Thi

Featured Grant Story: Make-A-Wish North Texas

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Their purpose is to grant the wish of each child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who has a life-threatening medical condition, i.e., a progressive, degenerative, or malignant medical condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy. The Texas Plains Chapter, chartered in 1984, serves the top 55 counties of Texas. Every 20 minutes a child is newly diagnosed with a critical illness. Research shows, and physicians agree, a wish can help improve a child's quality of life and produce better health outcomes. Life-changing wishes repla

Featured Grant Story: Texas South Plains Honor Flight

What is Texas South Plains Honor Flight? Texas South Plains Honor Flight (TSPHF) organized in Lubbock in 2012. TSPHF is an all-volunteer organization that includes elected officers and a board of directors made up of officers and members elected by the volunteers. There are no paid members of the group, as all monies raised support the veterans’ trip to Washington, D.C. each October. TSPHF was awarded funds from the Community Foundation of West Texas to take veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the Middle East to Washington, D.C. to see memorials built in their honor. The trip included a send-off dinner, hotel, meals, visits to memorials/mus

Featured Grant Story: Ballet Lubbock

What is Ballet Lubbock? Founded in 1969 by Suzanne Aker, Ballet Lubbock provides classical ballet training to students from age three through adult. The mission of Ballet Lubbock is to change lives. As a pre-professional ballet school, they strive to inspire the community through accessible dance education and performance of the highest artistic caliber. Ballet in the Schools is a partnership with Communities in Schools (CIS). By providing accessible and free ballet education during/after the regular school day, Ballet Lubbock removes obstacles like cost and transportation for students who may otherwise never have the opportunity to learn ballet. Ballet in the Schools currently provides inst

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