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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!


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.


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 Development2 days ago
Are you a homeowner in the City of Waco and have some leaks in your roof? Well, Grassroots may be able to help. We are in Phase VIII of the Grassroots Community Development Roof Repair Program for City of Waco Residents. These services are supported through a grant from the City of Waco. This program is at no cost to low-income families who meet the application qualifications. The Open Enrollment and Application process deadline is November 2nd. So fill out your form NOW.
Please click on the link below to print our application or stop by Grassroots office to pick up an application. Our office address is: 1624 Colcord Ave, Monday- Friday 8-5pm
For more information, please call Project Manager Brian at 254-235-7358 ext 210.
Roof Repair Application:
We also want families to be aware of the dangers of lead-based paint. Please read the following handout about the issues with lead-based paint in your home. Check out this link for more detailed information.
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Grassroots Community Development5 days ago
Grassroots is proud to introduce you to the new members of our board:
Crystal Diaz Espinoza is the Director of Enrollment, Career & Alumni Services at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. She has a master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Baylor University and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. She comes to Grassroots with 12 years of experience working in areas of enrollment management, leadership and professional development, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Crystal also serves as a race equity consultant for Waco Foundation which helps to bring together community leaders to engage in race equity efforts within their organizations and the greater Waco community. More importantly, she is married to a native Wacoan and is the mother to a beautiful 2-year-old. In her spare time, Crystal is a BIG sports fan and of course loves to cheer on and support all Baylor Bears sports. She and her family also enjoy going to the Waco Farmers Market every weekend and supporting the continued growing number of local businesses as much as possible.
Jud Griffis is a 4th generation Waco resident. He was born at the old Hillcrest hospital and graduated high school from Reicher. Jud received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Baylor. His father has also served on the Grassroots board. He has been a full time real estate investor for over 20 years. Jud is married and he and his wife have 2 daughters and a son. His experience and expertise is in financial analysis and general business acumen. He has served on and chaired many boards; Compassion Ministries Board, Waco Building Standards Commission, Waco Historical Preservation Commission, and was the Waco Montessori School Treasurer. When Jud is not analyzing numbers or researching investments, he enjoys mountain biking in Cameron Park with his son and horseback riding with his daughters.
Grassroots is delighted to have Crystal and Jud become members of the board and look forward to working with them.
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