Community Involvement

Sponsor for the West Texas Rehab – San Angelo

On the committee for West Texas Rehab – Menard

West Texas Rehabilitation Center is a private, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing outpatient care to more than 500 patients per day. WTRC opened in 1953, is a nationally respected outpatient physical rehabilitation facility.

Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burn Association

L.C. Whitehead is the current President of the Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burn Association. Members of the EPPBA are working hard to restore Edwards Plateau rangeland through the application of prescribed fire. Two important concepts are at work here. The first, designed by nature, is using fire to suppress noxious woody plants and improve rangeland health. The other is neighbor helping neighbor so our Texas Rangelands can be restored and sustained for future generations. Members of EPPBA share equipment and labor and foster good relations between neighbors and also within the community in regards to the use of prescribed fire.

EPPBA has over 200 members who represent over a million acres of rangeland. Application of prescribed fire on these rangelands improves wildlife habitat, water quality and yield, carrying capacity for domestic livestock and restores their historical diversity and productivity.

Show of Support: Hunt For Heroes

Honoring the men and women of our nations military!  The purpose of Show of Support is to demonstrate public support for the men and women of our military by providing outdoor opportunities to those injured in service to our country.

Started by Terry Johnson in 2004, the program also seeks to bring public awareness to the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing, respect for our resources and the care and preservation of those assets in addition to simply saying thanks.

In an effort to show support to the men and women of our military forces a reception is held. Each year, U.S. Service Men and Women from different branches of our armed forces will be honored for their service to this country. The banquet will be held prior to their departure to participate in an all expense paid whitetail deer hunt. This is our way of saying “THANKS” West Texas style!

Men and women from any branch of service who were injured and are discharged or will be discharged prior the scheduled hunt, are eligible for consideration to participate in the outdoor adventures that we offer.

These individuals have selflessly given their service to our nation to guarantee our safety and to protect our freedoms. There is not a more noble cause than what these individuals have taken upon themselves to do. Their sense of honor, dignity, pride and sacrifice is what allows us to live in a nation that others clamor to our borders to be a part of. They have volunteered to put their lives on the line for their beliefs, a free America. Free from the threat of a segment of those who would want to see us living in fear. This mighty nation will and is standing up to this terror threat thanks to these individuals.

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For the boat races in May, students research, design and construct a boat that is made entirely of cardboard and tape. The boat must be able to float for one hour. There are several divisions of categories:

Weight division: the boat weighing the lightest after an hour is the winner
Fastest: these boats race each other from a starting line and the fastest boat wins (usually KLST Sports Challenge participates in this)
Creative Design: student boats are judged on a point and criteria scale by independent judges and the boat that has earned the most points is the winner
Each of the categories above still must float for an hour to qualify as a winner.

Each student must have their own life jacket. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners but hopefully they all are rewarded by just having fun. Afterwards, the kids have a small swim party and pizza.

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Students are required to collect at least 50 arthropods for a bug collection. They are to identify, classify and label each bug by their scientific name. The collections are placed in a hobby box. On the field trip, students get into action by bringing a kill jar with alcohol, which helps capture and dispatch the bugs. Also, they spent some time making their own bug net made of a broom handle, coat hanger bend into a circle, some kind of fabric and usually duct tape. There are lots of varieties of nets.

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By reading books and being tested – each book is worth so many points if they earn 250 or more than they are invited to the ranch to fish and receive prizes. The area game wardens are the ones who put it on come out and help with fishing safety and help them fish. Teachers bring out prizes and with their points they get to pick their prize. This is all for encouraging literacy in our schools.