- Posted by Lio De Jesus
- On May 23, 2016
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Throughout the course of LaunchPad’s time at Dobie, we have worked with so many wonderful faculty and staff members who have dedicated their time to working with us to impact the students. As LaunchPad continues to move forward, we took the time to speak with some of our campus partners and asked them to share their story.
Our assistant program director, Lio DeJesus, sat down with John Cavazos, 6th grade science teacher, and the dialogue follows:
Lio – You spent a fair amount of time now working with David and the LP team. How would you say LaunchPad has impacted Dobie?
JC – I think its had a big impact on a lot of these kids. You know, without many constructive things to do after school, LaunchPad gives them an opportunity to do positive relationship building rather than be on the street or something else. I’ve seen many kids come all three years they are at Dobie, and they have been affected positively and really seem to enjoy it.
Lio – Do you have any stories or student testimonies you remember from working with LaunchPad?
JC – I remember a few years back, a couple of different immigrant kids from Iraq. They came over [to Dobie] scared, not knowing the language and the culture, until David invited them into LaunchPad. It really helped the assimilate to the school and the people here. I also remember a particular set of siblings named the Trenary’s. They were really big into LaunchPad, it was a really good place for them, a safe place, and they really enjoyed it. Again, it helped them assimilate to the school where they were different than the normal population but were able to be embraced and touched by LaunchPad. There are many more stories, but those are the ones I recall.
Lio – If LaunchPad were to expand or get a permanent location, how do you think that would impact the Rundberg community?
JC – I think it would be great to have a community outreach for the parents, for literacy, for the Arabic-speaking community to have a place to go and educate themselves and be involved or volunteer in their community. I think the community would benefit greatly from a center like that and the resources it would provide.