Friday, February 19, 2010

Lady Bulldogs win state basketball championship

Congratulations to the Lady Bulldogs for winning the state title in the TCSAAL State Basketball Championship last Saturday. In the final game the ladies beat out Mt. Carmel Academy with a final score of 49 to 31.

Our boys basketball team also competed in the championship.

Congratulations to all our MCH basketball players!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MCH youth offer help through UMCOR

Methodist Children’s Home students and staff gave of their time and personal money to make UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) health kits for Haitians affected by the recent catastrophic earthquake.

The MCH Student Council organized the project in conjunction with Cogdell United Methodist Church in Waco. Our youth asked for monetary pledges from teachers and even gave from their own allowances to raise money for the kits. Our youth raised hundreds of dollars to pay for the health kits. Here are some photos from the afternoon they spent preparing the kits.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tyler office shares MCH hope at local expo event

Our Tyler Outreach office participated in the Real Women's Expo at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on February 9. The booth was decorated in a Valentine's Day theme and staff were on hand to share information about becoming foster parents. They also shared information about the Waco Campus, Waxahachie campus, Boys Ranch and other programs such as Partnership in Parenting and Grandparents as Parents.

The event was widely advertised and covered by local news channels, as well as local publications. Pictured are Traci Wagner, Tyler supervisor, Jerushah DuToit, Tyler caseworker, and Lisa Hall, Eastern region secretary. Additional photos and coverage of the event are available in the online Spotted section of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Our thanks to Traci Wagner for submitting her photo and summary of this great event.

The Tyler office definitely received some snow this past week. Here is a photo of the snow stacking up on the Tyler Outreach Office sign.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow comes to Texas!

Many of our MCH outreach offices have been affected by the recent winter storm sweeping through Texas. Here are some photos of the Waco campus after our brief snowfall.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

H.O.T. Jr. Livestock Show

Congratulations to all of our youth who participated in the McLennan County Junior Livestock Show last month. Our youth did a great job showing the animals they worked with over the fall semester through Ag classes at the MCH Charter School.

As you may know, this is the first year that our Waco campus residents have had the privilege of raising and showing animals for the FFA program. Following are the results, and a few photos, of course!

Linda – Participation Ribbon
Katt – Participation Ribbon
Kandaja – Participation Ribbon
Ashley – Participation Ribbon
Sarah – Participation Ribbon
Vanessa – Participation Ribbon

Dylan – 8th Place
Clayton – 5th Place
Chris – 7th Place
Mario – 7th Place
Dion – 1st Place, Southdown Breed Champion
Ryan – 5th Place

Patrick – 7th Place
Jocolby – 9th Place
Trent – 6th Place and 1st Place Yorkshire hog
Stuart – 6th Place
James - Participation Ribbon
Hayden – 3rd Place
Roy - Participation Ribbon
Jon – 4th Place

Tyler – 1st Place Chi Heifer, Breed Reserve Grand Champion

Markus – 14th Place
Clifton – 14th Place
Javen – 8th Place

Greg – 30th Place
Emily – Participation Ribbon

Thank you to the many dedicated teachers and staff members who help these youth raise and work their animals!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Youth travel on Civil Rights Road Trip

MCH youth had a unique opportunity to personally connect with civil rights history over Martin Luther King, Jr. day in January. Eleven youth from Methodist Children's Home attended the four-day Central Texas Conference Civil Rights Road Trip.

Our young people joined with youth and adults from five other churches in the Central Texas Conference for the trip organized by Steve Heyduck, Methodist Children's Home chaplain.

The trip took youth by bus to several historic civil rights locations such as Little Rock Central High School, The National Civil Rights Museum, The Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, The National Voting Rights Museum, The Edmund Pettus Bridge, 16th Street Baptist Church and several other sites.

All of our young people were profoundly affected by the sites, but the most emotional moment of the trip came when some of our youth lead the group in a silent march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, peaceful civil rights marchers were violently confronted by law enforcement officials on the bridge.

For all of our youth, the trip was a profound reminder of the sacrifices made by civil rights leaders and protesters. Following are some pictures from the trip.