Sunday, May 23, 2021

AEC donates used clothes to Asia

Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX, shared its blessings by donating used clothes to a Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The package was sent to the Philippines through a cargo shipping service early this month. Principal Adam Portillo and Math Teacher Lacey Moore volunteered to donate each a bag of used but decent clothes. IJWC adviser bought clothes from Odessa's Door of Hope Outlet Center and some can goods to be included in the package. 

No poverty is the leading global sustainable development goal. Sharing blessings especially with poor countries like in Asia is one of the many ways we can help meet this global goal. By modeling it, students will see and apply the value of the noble and humanitarian gesture of sharing. Blessings to be shared do not need to be material or expensive as long as they come from the heart, wrapped with good intentions.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

AEC holds t-shirt idea contest for family day

Alternative Education Center, through the leadership of Art Teacher Whitney Carter, held a T-Shirt Idea Contest for AEC students, in celebration of the International Day of Families on May 15, 2021, with the theme, "Families and New Technologies." Entries were school-appropriate and included designs for International Day of Families, new technologies, and an AEC symbol. The winning design would be used for the faculty t-shirt next school year.

This year's observance of the International Day of Families focuses on the impacts of new technologies on the well-being of families. The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic signals the significance of digital technologies for work, education, and communication to maintain families' safety and some sort of normalcy. The T-Shirt Idea Contest allows students to raise awareness of the use of new technologies in the lives of families across the globe to help meet the global goal of strong institutions that impacts other goals such as no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, and reduced inequality.