Summer 2016

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R E G I O N A L R O U N D U P : HEADLINES FROM ACROSS THE STATE 1 Round Rock elementary students raise thousands for charity Canyon Creek Elementary students raised more than $2,000 for a nonproft that helps communities in rural Africa gain access to clean, safe water. The third graders were inspired by a presentation from Water to Thrive's executive director. The students' eforts included making and selling crafts and reaching out for matching contributions. roundrock.isd 2 Bryan student qualifes for US Olympic Trials Bryan sophomore Julia Cook qualifed for the US Olympic Trials at the USA Swimming Speedo Sectionals, an event that showcases some of the top swimming talent from across the country. Cook fnished second behind two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry. 3 Sonora students experience hands-on art day Sonora students participated in "Art Is Everywhere," an event where kids rotated through diferent types of artistic mediums, such as paint throwing, watercolor painting, cookie painting, embroidery, and pottery design. Alejandro Castanon, an artist from San Angelo, created an abstract portrait in real time while talking to the students about color and perspective. 4 Plainview senior pitches no-hitter baseball game Plainview senior Ethan Earhart pitched a no-hitter against El Paso Franklin's baseball team during an early season matchup. Earhart walked one opponent and struck out six in the 10-0 victory for the Plainview Bulldogs. The left hander has been virtually unhittable this year. Last season, Earhart was an all-district frst team pitcher. 5 Abilene students create recycled miniature golf course Ward Elementary gifted and talented students raised money for a feld trip to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History by building their own miniature golf course. The course, built from recycled "trash," was created after the second, third, fourth, and ffth graders conducted research at a local miniature golf course. The students' creation was a hit at the PTA's Winter Festival. 6 Corpus students compete in 2016 Special Olympics Texas Winter Games The Corpus Christi Special Olympics Texas All-Star Volleyball Team won fourth place at the 2016 Special Olympics Texas Winter Games in Round Rock. The CCISD Board of Trustees honored the team's outstanding work with a special recognition from the district. | 7 summer 2016 PHOTOS COURTESY OF: 1.ROUND ROCK ISD; 2. BRYAN ISD; 3. SONORA ISD; 4. SKIP LEON; 5. ABILENE ISD; 6. CORPUS CHRISTI ISD

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