Education Forum to be held July 28

July 05, 2017
On Friday, July 28, the next event in the Washington County Chamber Forum Series will feature Burton ISD Superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy and Brenham ISD Superintendent Dr. Walter Jackson providing updates on their respective school districts.  The forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the banquet room of the Blinn College Student Center.
Dr. Edna Kennedy has been the Superintendent of Burton ISD since February 2015, while Dr. Walter Jackson has been the Superintendent of Brenham ISD since April 2015.  They will share about the success and challenges related to public education and our local schools. James Pharaon of Germania Insurance and James Pharaon Photography, who is also secretary of the Washington County Chamber Board, will serve as M.C. of the forum.
Forum tickets are $25 for Chamber members ($35 for non-members) or $250 for a reserved Corporate Table for 8 guests.  A catered buffet lunch is included.  Reservations can be made by calling the Washington County Chamber at (979) 836-3695.  The deadline to reserve a seat is Friday, July 21.
Attend this forum to learn more about a new initiative to promote public education in businesses and organizations around the county:
Public Education Ambassadors for Community Engagement
During this year’s goal setting retreat of the Washington County Chamber board, the directors chose the Promotion of Local Schools as one of their top three Goals for 2017 and beyond.  Resulting from recent task force efforts is a program where Washington County Chamber staff and volunteer leaders, Brenham ISD, Burton ISD and Brenham GameChangers are working together to Promote P.E.A.C.E. (see above) throughout Washington County.  It’s a way for businesses to join in efforts to strengthen our public schools and contribute to the character development of students…our future workforce!

The P.E.A.C.E. program will kick-off in August by implementing core values to our youth through our schools and communities.  Brenham GameChangers along with Brenham ISD and Burton ISD have implemented Core Essential Values in the schools and now, through your membership in the Washington County Chamber, you have a brand-new opportunity to enhance the mission by becoming an advocate for “P.E.A.C.E.”

By deciding to become an active member of P.E.A.C.E., you will be connected to the Canopy Community of the Core Essentials program and Brenham GameChangers to enhance the character of our county’s youth.  This partnership will equip you with tools and programs to increase the communities’ sphere of influence for our youth and comprehensively develop essential lifelong character traits in them. 

The Core Essentials curriculum used in Brenham and Burton school districts emphasizes a value word and its life application each month during the school year.  The value word centers around three BIG IDEAS: Treat Others Right, Make Smart Decisions and Maximize Your Potential.  Brenham GameChangers is the active “on the ground” organization that helps implement the Core Essentials to K-4th Graders and creates ideas, activities and programs that reach the Middle School, Junior High and High School age students.

By being involved with the P.E.A.C.E. program you will be supporting an effort to help local kids see how to live out these values with friends at school, at home with their families, and in businesses throughout our great community.  Businesses and community organizations have the opportunity to be a GameChanger in fostering character-building inside and outside of the schools you care about.  Because your kids go there.  Because your grandkids go there.  Because these kids will work for you and with you someday.

The Canopy Community component of this program is directed to K-4th Grade students and includes a package with web-based tools, strategies for customizing ways to infuse the monthly value words in your business, downloadable and printable resources, social media tools, email promotions and much more.  The Chamber team will partner with you and your employees to maximize your usage of the program.

The Brenham GameChangers component allows you and your employees to “Connect with character and value.”  This will be the vehicle that keeps the Core Essential Values that the youth learn from K-4th Grade ongoing through graduation and into the rest of their lives.

Join in now as this is the FIRST Chamber in the nation to implement this program and be a GameChanger our community is proud of!  The introductory P.E.A.C.E. program membership specific to Washington County Chamber members is only $50 this year.  It extends to all your employees, allowing all of you to participate at the level you desire.

Decide today to be part of the new P.E.A.C.E. program, and you will receive complete details on how to get involved! Reply by July 25th to be prepared with program tools before the new school year starts.  Reply to Shae Janner, Business Programs Manager at the Chamber, at 979-836-3695 or  
Shae Janner, Business Programs Manager, 979-836-3695