Cyberbullying

DAVID’S LEGACY FOUNDATION HAS PARTNERED WITH iHeartMedia in the fight against teen cyberbullying by launching the David’s Law Anti-Cyberbullying Pledge. The initiative was designed by Left Right Media and includes stickers that can go on “cellphones, computers and other communication devices to serve as a statement and reminder that the device will never be used as a weapon” to bully. David’s Law, which gives schools and the police more legal power to investigate cyberbullying, is named after David Molak, a 16-year-old Alamo Heights student who took his own life in January 2016 after being victimized by online harassment.

THE ALAMO HEIGHTS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT RECENTLY WAS designated a Common Sense Certified District for digital citizenship by Common Sense, a “national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology,” officials said. The recognition lauds AHISD as having “demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.”

THE INAUGURAL CLASS OF  THE NEW CAST TECH PROGRAM housed at the renovated Fox Tech High School recently met at Rackspace to participate in Tech Industry Day. Pupils “used interactive skills to design a Rube Goldberg machine and coding skills to program a robot,” according to officials. They also listened to an industry panel and toured the facilities. CAST Tech, or the Centers for Applied Science and Technology, is an in-district charter campus billed as San Antonio’s first high-tech school. It opens in the fall to freshmen, and uses computer-based facilities to enable students to pursue technology-oriented professions.

THE WELLS FARGO BANK IN OLMOS PARK has closed its doors, according to reports. Located at 4014 McCullough Ave., the bank was shuttered as part of a decision by Wells Fargo to close 200 branches this year, officials said. Last year Wells Fargo shut 84 branches, and next year is set to close another 200, according to the company.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET DONATED A BUTTERFLY GARDEN to the Hemisfair Conservatory, a spokeswoman said. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden took place June 24 and the celebration included “art activation, face painting, kite flying” and other festivities. The butterfly garden complements the “500 nectar and host plants of 16 varieties” that have been planted in the downtown park, officials say.

THE SAN ANTONIO CONSERVATION SOCIETY HAS NAMED officers for one-year terms that started June 29. They are Susan Beavin, president; Patti Zaiontz, first vice president (historic structures); Kathy Krnavek, second vice president (missions, parks, waterways); Barbara Hall, third vice president (education and public relations); Maggie Arnold, fourth vice president (Night in Old San Antonio); Sandy Sands, fifth vice president (budget); Patricia Seidenberger, secretary; Rose Moran, treasurer; Jackie Fellers, NIOSA treasurer, Joanna Parrish, presidential adviser; Mary Rogers, parliamentarian; and Margaret Winn, chaplain. Vincent Michael is the executive director.

TRINITY UNIVERSITY IS A RECIPIENT of the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation’s Raising Texas Teachers, a program to provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarships for students “committed to a career in teaching,” according to a release. The investment is sponsored by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt. Our Lady of the Lake University is the other local recipient.

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