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Local businesses enlist community support for troops overseas

OperationInterdependence-Logo small The Progress Times has joined forces with the Mission Chamber of Commerce and Mission area businesses to boost Mission’s participation in the Operation Interdependence Campaign. The campaign aims to provide each of the nearly 325,000 deployed troops around the world with something from home every month to boost morale.

Local residents are encouraged to support the troops by donating goody bags (C-rats®) or monetary donations to be used for shipping costs to send these items overseas. Letters from children and youth groups are especially encouraged, as at least one letter or child’s drawing is needed for every goody bag. Boys and Girls Clubs, Scout troops, school groups, church groups and other organizations are invited to assist with the project with their letters or goody bags.

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Camp gives youth tools to manage diabetes

20120614 Camp Energy lg-37-featureMISSION — Last week, the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association (RGVDA) held a three-day, two-night youth camp on a privately owned ranch north of Mission with swimming, hiking, archery, canoeing, dancing, wildlife photography, arts and crafts among other fun and educational activities for the campers and it was all free of charge for the participants.

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About Operation Interdependence

OperationInterdependence-Logo small OI’S Civilian-to-Military Delivery System®

The cornerstone of the OI Civilian-to-Military Delivery System® is the Civilian Ration® (called C-rat®). Designed for delivery to the frontlines, C-rats are individual quart-sized baggies that contain a personal note from a caring civilian at home and a few items such as snacks, games and personal care products. The most important part of the C-rat is the letter from a person who has never met that Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman, but takes the time to write his or her expressions of care and concern.

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UTPA hosts two graduate school information sessions

UTPA-LogoConsidering graduate school? Don’t miss one of two information sessions offered Friday June 22 by the University of Texas-Pan American.

Hosted by UTPA’s Office of Graduate Studies, the two-hour sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the McAllen Teaching Site located at 1800 S. Main St., Suite 1100 (near La Plaza Mall) in McAllen. The sessions are free and open to the public.

“The University offers 56 master’s degrees, three doctoral degrees and two cooperative doctoral programs. These sessions are a perfect opportunity for anyone seeking to further their education or advancing their careers,” said Stephanie Ozuna, UTPA graduate recruiter.

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Honored for perfect attendance since kindergarten

20120618 SISD Gabriela-GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez, a 6th grader at Jessie L. Jensen Elementary, has never missed a day of school since she started kindergarten. She was determined as a Pre-K student that it was important for her to attend school every single day.

Her parents, Noe and Leticia Gonzalez, said they never pushed their daughter to take attendance so seriously. It was Gabriela’s commitment and determination to attend school every single day.

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MHS drum majors place first at leadership camp

Mission High School band drum majors recently joined others in the area at the Contempo Leadership Camp where they worked on conducting, leadership, teaching and problem solving techniques. The camp ends with a competition between the drum major teams. Each team conducts one movement of their 2012-2013 UIL contest marching show.

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LEARNING OUTSIDE THE BOX: Tech Prep forms partnerships between students and businesses

20120615 Mission-Consolidated-Independent-School-District-teacher-Rene-Pena-featureMISSION—When a high school student has an opportunity to shadow a professional it can change his life. When a teacher or school counselor does it, it can change 100 lives, said Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley Executive Director Pat Bubb.

Tech Prep is an organization that creates partnerships between school districts and employers throughout the region to help high school students learn real-world skills while earning transferable college credits, which allows high school students a head start on their future.

Here’s how it works: Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley has formed partnerships with schools districts, businesses and community members from Port Isabel to La Joya and in between.

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A dream fulfilled: Angel Ibanez drafted by Astros

20120615 Angel IbanezASHEBORO, N.C. — Sharyland High School graduate Angel Ibanez was at his host family’s house watching TV and surfing the Internet June 6 when he got a call from the Houston Astros.

“I was in and out of talks with the Astros all day,” he said over the phone from North Carolina. “They called and said, ‘We’re going to take you in the next round. I hope you’re ready.’”

Angel, a junior at the University of Texas-Pan American, was spending the summer keeping his skills sharp with the Asheboro Copperheads in the Coastal Plains League. But that was cut short when the Houston Astros drafted him in the 28th round. He said the Astros shut him down in North Carolina so he will be coming back to Mission soon. But he won’t be returning to UTPA for his senior season as Angel decided to jump right into the minors.

“It has been a dream of mine since growing up, and it’s a dream come true,” he said. “Since the news broke, I’ve gotten phone calls from my friends, my family, my coaches, my ex-coaches, everybody really.”

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