Edgewood Cares working to improve lives one project at a time

New summer program launched this year

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SAN ANTONIO – The Edgewood Independent School District kicked off its new Edgewood Cares community outreach program, to provide help to students in need.

During the summer, staff members within the district’s student support services, family services, and maintenance departments will lend a helping hand to students struggling to make ends meet.

They started Thursday morning with a senior at Memorial High School.

"He lives with his great-grandmother,” said Phillip Chavez, Chief Academic Officer at Edgewood ISD, “and he's the sole provider for the household."

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Not only does he take care of his 80-year-old great-grandmother, Romana Contreras, but he also takes care of her 83-year-old sister and his four young nieces and nephews who live with them—and works full-time while going to school.

"The more we can do to improve where our students live, their living conditions, and have them not focus on things that are difficult and their struggles, but have them focus on academics or attendance and their future, then their likelihood for success increases significantly," Edgewood ISD Superintendent Dr. Emilio Castro said.

“I can’t believe it,” Contreras said. “I can’t believe they are doing this for me.”

Edgewood staff members painted the outside of the house, replaced old boards, and worked on the carport area. They also planted a flower garden.

"We work with them in the classroom every day, and to come out into the neighborhood, to their homes, is really a good experience," Chavez said.

Castro said he plans more activities through the Edgewood Cares program throughout the summer and the rest of the year. He also hopes to get more students involved.

"As the school year begins next year, we'll engage students, as well,” Castro said, “To help everyone understand we're all responsible for making the community a better place to live, work, and be for our students."

The money for the projects comes from community donations.

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