Committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors and communities.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

JH Hines PTA in Action!

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The primary purpose of a school PTA is to support the work and efforts of the school’s teachers and staff and to foster a sense of community between the parents and the school. JH Hines Elementary School PTA has worked hard this year to fulfill that role. This year I’ve had the opportunity to serve as PTA President and have worked with the PTA executive team to support their efforts to be a positive presence on campus and reimplement programs now that everyone is back on campus. The team started off in the fall by having a membership drive for parents and teachers. From that drive, 19 families and 5 teachers signed up to be a part of this year’s PTA. In October, they supported the Trunk or Treat and Spooky Math and Science event for students. In December and February, they provided a special breakfast and lunch for the teachers, administration, and support staff.

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In March, they celebrated the 3rd grade teaching team with tokens of appreciation as they were acknowledged for making major overall improvements with 3rd grade students. Even last week, they sponsored a “Woo Hoo” Cart to celebrate the students that have demonstrated positive behavior choices this marking period.

 

To foster a sense of community and promote healthy relationship building, Grassroots also hosted a Parent Leadership Training with PTA parents this spring. This was a four-week workshop that covered a variety of topics, such as, understanding school culture, support for student learning and monitoring student success, advocacy tips for parents, and effective communication. Parents participated in active conversations about their own school experience and what the experience looks like for their children now.

 

Even though the school year is almost over, the work of the PTA continues. They have plans to honor the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week in May and they also hope to celebrate the students and families before the end of the school year. This work has only been possible because of the collaboration of the PTA members, the cooperative work with the school administration and the generous donations of community partners and individuals. Building relationships and a welcoming community is at the heart of the work of JH Hines Elementary School and its PTA.

– Jocelyn Williams

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Grassroots Community Development6 days ago
Hello! My name is Lee Scheffe, I am thrilled to join Grassroots as the East Waco Community Organizer! I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I moved to Waco in 2020 to attend Baylor for my undergraduate degree in economics and political science, which I earned in May 2024. While a student at Baylor, I was blessed to work with a number of community organizations and leaders in Waco's social sector. I served as a grant writer for a local nonprofit, completed an internship at the Community Development department at the City, and spent time volunteering at a number of local charities. These experiences introduced me to the wonderful, powerful, and loving community of Waco. Growing up in Austin, I witnessed firsthand the effects of fast-moving municipal growth. I saw that, sometimes, behind the image of economic vitality, displacement, disenfranchisement, and injustice occurred. I was blessed to be surrounded by a faith community and local organizers who understood the power of listening to local voices and empowering community members to enact the change they wanted to see in their city. These experiences instilled in me a love for community-based change and the value of active and patient listening.

I've long held a deep interest in housing. During the summer before my final undergraduate year, I studied vacant housing in Waco and presented my findings to local community leaders. The following semester, I studied the effects of the expansion of short-term rental properties on Waco's housing market. Through these encounters, I began to explore the intersection between attainable housing options and community flourishing. Most significantly, I learned that working alongside community members and connecting local resources results in loving, charitable, and thriving neighborhoods.

I'm delighted to serve the wonderful community of East Waco and support the powerful stories of its community members. I look forward to being present and supporting East Waco's community members in their work.
Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development2 weeks ago
Happening this week! With topics, such as "Vehicle Safety 101," "Cyber Security Awareness," and "Domestic Violence," this event will be hard to miss.
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Grassroots Community Development2 weeks ago
New Blog Post 🎉

"Waco is truly blessed to have partnerships around the state that are willing to serve those in need and seek out opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. If you see groups of young people around Waco from June 19th-21st feel free to stop and say thank you for their generous service to the residents of Waco."

Read more about this program in our latest blog post!

https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/exterior-home-repair/
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Grassroots Community Development3 weeks ago
UPDATE 🎉

We are getting even closer to starting on the actual construction of Renaissance at Sanger Heights. The City’s construction crew is making really good progress on their utility and street project. We are very thankful for all of their efforts.

Our plan is to start September 2024 with houses going up the Summer of 2025.

But before we start, we want to say thanks to three different groups that have been extremely important to this project; The City of Waco, Walker Partners and RBDR Architects.

First, the City of Waco, whose foresight in acquiring the site and dedication to community desires laid the foundation. This was the heavy lifting for the project. The effort to acquire the property and develop a plan for development has been very long process. But thanks to many different people at the City we are finally here today.

Second, Walker Partners, led by Jed Walker, invested countless hours and expertise in shaping this endeavor. When you want to build a house, you have to have a strong foundation, water and sewer connections. We reached out to the best engineering group in Waco to help us lay the ground work for building this procket neighborhood. We're grateful for their dedication and the contributions of a countless surveying and engineering hours.

Lastly, RBDR, led by Bernadette Hookham, lent their creative genius to visualize our plans, and the site plan , translating our ideas into tangible designs. All of these colorful pictures that you have seen for Renaissance were designed by the RBDR team. We thank them and their team for their invaluable contributions.

Stay tuned as we begin to change the site and bring a new homeownership concept to Waco.

#grassrootswaco #celebratingcommunity #wacotx #homeownership #homeownershipgoals #wacodevelopment #thrivingneighborhoods
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Grassroots Community Development1 month ago
Make a plan for the home you worked so hard for