New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Teach the Children
All-volunteer program helps provide basic school supplies for children unable to afford them. More than 1,200 are eligible here
HmrmkP-Zoitung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, February 19,1967
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
Sending a child to school isn’t cheap, but one local group wants to help lowincome families give their children everything they need.
Isabel Campos is heading a local chapter of Teach the Children, an organization devoted to providing school supplies for children whose families can’t afford them.
‘‘I hope that I can get enough money from the community and different groups to provide the material to the kids who need it. I think this is a program that has a very good record and I think we can only improve on it,” Campos said.
Teach the Children has been active in San Antonio for more than 12 years and has provided school supplies for thousands of children who otherwise would have gone without.
The program is spreading across Texas in anticipation of the 1987-88 school year and volunteers plan to work with local school district staff to identify students to receive the materials. Along with school supplies, Campos said, Teach the
Children will try to provide clothing when possible and when necessary.
Campos said she hopes the New Braunfels organization will be able to help students qualifying for the free and reduced lunch programs during the 1987-88 school year. Some 1,220 students receive free or reduced-price lunches.
“This an all-volunteer effort. Not a penny of the money goes to administration, it is all used to provide materials for the students,” Campos said. She is president of the Comal County Medical Society Auxiliary, which is sponsoring the program in New Braunfels. A steering committee for the program is being formed.
The long-term goal of the program is to help children from low-income or large households, as well as displaced or disabled children, children from migrant or singleparent families, and children with disabled parents. The immediate goal of the program is to provide supplies to children of low-income households
“I think that the job you have of educating the children is overwhelming,” Campos told the New
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near a service station near McAllister Freeway and Mc-Collough,” Newman said He added that local officials were in route to the service station when they received a call from the officials at the Alcoholics Anonymous building “I advised them to allow him in the building, that we had two men on the way.” Newman said
Gacconet was talking with patrons of the building when he was apprehended, the officer said Newman said he did not know whether Gacconet is an Alcoholics Allonomous member.
Gacconet, who has a Bulverde mailing address, had been released accidentally Feb. 13 following his assault conviction after an oversight by jail authorities to check for any
administrative holds, writs or warrants Issued at thye time against Gacconet was a governor's writ remanding him to TDC for revocation of probation
Gacconet was prosecuted in Comal County Court-at-Law last week on charges that he assaulted Carol Grosser at her residence near Bulverde on Jan 8 by hitting her across the head with a 22 caliber rifle stock
Grosser had expressed frustrations with District Attorney William Schroeder over his refusal to prosecute the subject on felony charges
County Attorney Bill Reimer hur riedly prosecuted Gacconet on a lesser misdemeanor charge to enhance probation revocation charges to prevent the defendant's release from county jail
Gacconet received a sentence of 45 days in county jail, which he had already accrued
Essay competition enlightens NB kids
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
Three New Braunfels High School students took a look at soil and water conservation recently and found some things that surprised them, such as the fact that the natural resources are in danger.
“I've always taken water for granted,” said Liz Setser, who topped the Comal-Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District Essay Contest. Setser added that now she realizes that the resource is limited and could easily be destroyed. She was one of more than 200 students from the two counties who wrote essays on resource management. Her essay will advance to regional competition
"My essay was mostly about water conservation,” Setser said. "People tend to take water for granted and they don’t even realize that there is a shortage.”
Joe Leal had the second-place essay and Danny Sanchez’s essay placed third. The three students' essays competed against those written by students at Canyon High School. Smithson Valley High School and Seguin High School.
Leal said that during his research for the essay, he learned that natural resources depend on each other for
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Braunfels ISD board of trustees Tuesday. "I really think that buying school supplies is not part of your job; the community should be responsible for that.”
NBISD trustees approved the operation of the program within the school district.
New Braunfels students need a program such as Teach the Children, said Jane MacDonald,
Carl Schurz Elementary School principal She said Wednesday several families seem to be experiencing financial hardships causing the children to suffer.
"We have a lot of kids — at least 24 — who would use their supplies. I can’t tell you the figure, but it's a feeling I have that there’s a real increase in the number of families suffering economically," MacDonald said. She said families seem to cut back on supplies for their children when money gets tight.
The principal added that she can identify students from families having financial problems because their shoes are worn and they need new clothes.
Carl Schurz FTA has a fund it uses to buy materials for students whose families can't afford them. MacDonald said that fund and one set up by Comal County nurses is depleted quickly Besides school supplies, the PT A also buys clothing and shoes for students when funds are available
MacDonald said that with the creation of the Teach the Children program, the PT A and the nurses funds can be used to buy more clothing and shoes for needy children
Campos said she plans to request donations from the community to provide materials to students in need She added if the organization helps just one child, it will not be a failure
"So I won t feel like I ve failed if I don’t get school supplies for those 1.220 kids." she said
stability "In the absence of one natural resource, the other starts to erode For instance, when trees are cut down, soil starts to erode," he said.
Sanchez said he learned a lot about the regional water supply "(My essay > was basically on the abuse of the Edwards Aquifer in this region. If we don't conserve and stop polluting it. there won t be any more water for this area,” he said
The district manager of the U.S Soil and Water Conservation Service said the essay contest was just one phase of an effort to educate students about the need for conservation
Conservation agent Carl Englerth said the students were asked to write on resource conservation and were not limited to specific topics
The educational campaign also was open to middle school students who entered a poster contest Tom Hayden, a student at Carl Schurz Elementary School, placed first in the district-wide poster competition. Sarah Ketchum, a student at New Braunfels Middle School, placed second and Ernie Rodriguez of Frazier Elementary School placed third.
Englerth said the winning poster had a water-conservation theme. There were more than 300 entries in the poster contest, with 145 from Comal County
Two late filings Wednesday brought to nine the final number of candidates seeking three at-large seats on New Braunfels City Council to be decided April 4.
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enlist San Antonio law enforcement officials in the search.
"The penalties (for animal abuse) are not even close to what they ought to be. They ought to be at least $1,000 per animal,” Wittmann said. More than 20 animals were found at the home. "It’s just not logical. It’s like someone was trapping cats,” Wittmann said.
Some of the cats found in the house were despondent. Elliott said some of the animals may have been kept in the crude cages for months.
“It takes a long time to kill a cat,” Wittmann said.
Elliott pointed out that there was no fresh manure in the house indicating that the animals had not eaten for weeks. He said the dog was probably existing on the rats it could catch. "It’s got to be just insane from being in that house for so long,” he said.
Officials were alerted to the situation at the home on Tumble Weed Drive near Texas 46 in far west Comal County when a passerby noticed a stray cat and investigated. The man found several cats living in the yard and notified the Bulverde Humane Society that the animals were abandoned.
Elliott began his investigation Tuesday. He and Crowe investigated the house and property Wednesday. Upon approaching the home, they said they saw two women in a station wagon. When the officials drove up, the women left the area.
"They were wearing some kind of weird makeup,” Crowe said. "They looked something like the rock group Kiss It wasn’t normal makeup."
Wittmann said it is possible that the trapped animals were being used as part of some cult activity. He added that Griese, the property owner, might not be aware of what was going on.
The house neighbors several nice homes in the Hill Country surroundings Elliott said a relative of the owner who lives near the home had not seen Griese for months.
Supposedly, the man s wife died a few years ago Debris in the home indicated that someone had been living there as recently as September The bedroom was full of newspapers and
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Four cars and one pickup truck in front of the home were loaded with junk, mostly newspapers Two yearbooks from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio were found in the front of one of the old cars. A pie
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tune of Janice Giese, supposedly the owner’s daughter, was in the 1956 yearbook Elliott said he is working with county health officer David Litke to have the home declared a health hazard
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