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Secours Populaire honors at-risk students

December 21, 2018

A Christmas celebration honoring more than 50 at-risk Las Americas Newcomer school students and their teachers was held Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Las Americas Newcomer School, 6501 Bellaire Blvd. in Houston.

The event was underwritten by the Secours Populaire, the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, Houston ISD and Las Americas Newcomer School. It was held in the presence of Houston ISD and French Consulate representatives.

Since 1976 Secours Populaire has been offering children and families in need toys, books and festive food parcels throughout France and beyond through their Green Santa Claus initiative.

Because the best way to spread the spirit of Christmas is to share with others, The Secours Populaire has partnered with the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts to support extremely underserved children at Las Americas during a Christmas celebration that aims at reinforcing solidarity among our communities.

Poverty is gaining ground and the fear of falling into poverty is spreading. Poverty and exclusion cause damage to people, the poorest French people cannot afford anything at all: holidays, leisure, culture or food. And what about the people beyond French borders who are suffering from hunger or are confronted with violence or natural disasters?

In the face of all this heartache, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, Be the Peace Be the Hope and The Secours Populaire believe that the only possible answer is solidarity.

Last year, more than 200 Wisdom High School students benefited from the TFAA Be the Peace-Be the Hope program supported by Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and The Secours Populaire. They were awarded citizenship month certificates and unveiled their art installation of hope.

This coming year Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and Be the Peace Be the Hope intend to go out and do more by partnering with mental health organizations such as Menninger Clinic, Houston Galveston Institute, Center for Healing Arts and Sciences as well as creative partners such as MECA, Houston Grand Opera, Literacy through Photography at Fotofest, the Wide School, Urban Movement and Houston Revision. We hold on to the hope that brighter days are to come and that we will join forces with more organizations to support the most vulnerable ones in our communities.

According to Las Americas Newcomer School, “Las Americas Middle School is a newcomer campus that educates recent immigrant and refugee students who have no or very limited English language proficiency and who often have had a limited formal education in their native countries. At Las Americas, our goal is to help students acquire beginning English skills, provide instruction in core academic content areas.”

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