Love INC collecting funds, referrals

Love INC is taking referrals from employers for a new program to assist hourly employees who have lost work due to the ongoing reaction to COVID-19.

The agency is reaching out to local employers and asking supervisors to contact Love INC at 936-569-8555 to refer an employee. Donors wishing to help offset costs associated with housing, utilities and food for the employees affected can contribute money at Love INC’s website at www.loveincnac.org, or by regular mail at P.O. Box 630423, Nacogdoches, TX 75963.

Donors may also stop by Love INC offices at 917 Ruby Street. Normal business hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. When contributing with checks, please include “COVID-19” on the memo line so the money can be allocated properly.

While Love INC will continue to observe regular office hours, the agency announced it will not be making home visits or delivering furniture until further notice. Warehouse donations will not be accepted during this time.

Love INC is also concentrating on assisting the elderly with food and supplies. Churches are helping with deliveries to those age 65 or older in the community. Love INC requires only a current ID for the elderly who cannot or do not need to be in grocery stores. No other identifying document is required.

For more information, call 936-569-8555 or email patti@loveincnac.org.

Student teachers offer online ‘edu-tainment’

SFA student teachers are sharing 30-minute online activity lessons though a local Facebook group page.

CREATE, or Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education program, will be presenting programs from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday of this week in the Supporters of Nacogdoches ISD Facebook group.

This week, the lessons are based on activities for kindergarten through fifth grade, but SFA associate professor Dr. Lauren Burrow hopes to expand the topics and grade levels. Children and their families can participate or just watch by joining the Zoom meeting. Suggested materials will be listed for each activity.

“For now, we wanted to add some ‘edu-tainment’ for at-home enjoyment,” Burrow said. “We will see how this goes and get a sense of what families need from comments during the sessions on Facebook this week.”

CREATE was developed in 2018 by Burrow and Dr. Heather Olson Beal, a professor in the Perkins College of Education, to help student teachers receive mentoring from families in the district and volunteer in the community.

“NISD families need some fun, and our student teachers need to keep on teaching, so this is what we have come up with for now,” Olson Beal said. “We wanted to give back to all those NISD families who have been helping our student teachers.”

The sessions will be recorded and stored in the Facebook group for later use by NISD families. For more information, join the Facebook group or email burrowle@sfasu.edu.

City Council special meeting set Thursday

Nacogdoches City Council has called a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at City Hall, 202 E. Pilar St.

Meetings are live streamed for the public at www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us.

The council is scheduled to consider a resolution extending a local state of disaster for the City of Nacogdoches due to the public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city declared a state of emergency on March 20, and the declaration expires after seven days.

An executive session will focus on an ongoing search for city manager. The consent agenda includes amending a lease agreement with SFA that will allow construction of a pitching facility and parking area at the Pete Smith Baseball Complex, and accepting a bid for dirt work for a new section at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

NOBLE banquet canceled

The Nacogdoches County’s Opportunity for a Better Learning Experience banquet scheduled March 30 at SFA has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Leaders of Tomorrow, or LOT Crew, day of service on April 11 at Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary, public safety field trip on April 14 at the C.L. Simon Recreation Center and convocation on April 28 at SFA also have been canceled.

Nearly 200 Nacogdoches County high school seniors who chose a more rigorous recommended or distinguished program of study in their high school courses and completed a service project were invited to attend this year’s now-canceled NOBLE Scholar banquet.Their medallions and certificates will be mailed to their homes.

NOBLE Scholars attending SFA can find scholarship applications for one of 25 $1,000 scholarships at nacogdoches.org/chamber/education-programs.

The LOT Crew program began nearly 20 years ago as a leadership development collaboration among SFA, the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Nacogdoches and the nine Nacogdoches County independent school districts. This year’s LOT Crew members will receive their convocation certificates in the mail. Parents of students starting eighth grade next year can find the LOT Crew applications for the 2020-21 school year at nacogdoches.org/chamber/education-programs.

For more information, contact Barbara Holl, operations vice president for the Chamber of Commerce, at (936) 560-5533 or chamber@nactx.com.

ACS events postponed, offices closed

All events including Relay For Life & Survivor Dinners hosted by the American Cancer Society have been postponed through mid-May.

ACS offices, including the Lufkin office, are closed to the public. New event dates will be announced when they become available.

To reach the American Cancer Society regarding services or programs or to speak to someone about a recent cancer diagnosis, call the patient services at 1-800-227-2345.

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