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CONTACT: Kirsten Voinis
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“Take a Veteran to School” events held across Texas link students with veterans
Texas cable operators, with support from the Texas Cable Association (TCA), are honoring veterans this month and helping tell their stories to Texas schoolchildren as part of HISTORY’s Take a Veteran to School educational initiative. A number of Texas legislators and other elected officials are expected to participate in programs held in their local communities.
This is the seventh year for Take a Veteran to School, HISTORY’s premier public affairs outreach program that connects veterans with students in schools and communities nationwide. TCA member companies have participated each year.
“This year will be Texas’ biggest celebration of the Take a Veteran to School program, evidence of the outpouring of support for veterans and enthusiasm for the HISTORY initiative by our state’s cable operators and by local schools,” said Kirsten Voinis, communications director for TCA. “Our cable members look forward each year to helping veterans share their stories with students across the state. And the support we are receiving from elected officials will make this year’s program the most successful ever.”
In Texas, Cable One, Charter Communications, Suddenlink and Time Warner Cable will host Take a Veteran to School programs throughout this and next week at a number of schools including Madison Middle School in Abilene; Austin Middle School in Amarillo; South Belton Middle School in Belton; Williams Elementary School and Georgetown ISD’s office in Georgetown; Dr. Hesiquio Rodriguez Elementary School in Harlingen; Blaschke Sheldon Elementary School in Ingleside; Las Colinas Elementary in Irving; Lubbock Cooper High School in Lubbock; Ross Elementary School in Odessa; Glenn Middle School in San Angelo; Rapoport Academy in Waco; and Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie.
Although each school will design and hold its own specific program connected with Take a Veteran to School Day, each event will honor and feature local veterans who share their stories with the students and receive a heartfelt “thank you” for their service.
In 2013, more than 5,000 schools in all 50 states are expected to participate in the program. As part of this campaign, HISTORY offers participating schools curriculum-based educational materials at www.veterans.com as well as a Veterans Day video produced with the US Department of Education, all provided free-of-charge.
“We are so pleased to be working with the Texas Cable Association and Texas cable operators to honor veterans in this community,” said Dr. Libby O’Connell, Chief Historian and SVP, Corporate Outreach for HISTORY. “As part of this program, students will not only learn about Veterans Day, but they will also learn important life lessons about service and commitment. And in the process, the veterans will receive a well-deserved thank you from all of us.”
Take a Veteran to School is a key component of HISTORY’s broad veterans outreach campaign that also includes Thank a Veteran at Work, which encourages employers to recognize former military service men and women. In Texas, Comcast and Suddenlink are holding internal events to recognize their employee veterans. Nationwide, more than 500 companies have participated in the Thank A Veteran initiative.
HISTORY also mobilizes people to “Thank a Vet” through an active social media campaign. From Nov. 1-11, HISTORY encourages the public to thank veterans from all branches of the service on Twitter using the hash tag #THANKAVET. A special website located atwww.history.com/thank-a-vet houses the Twitter feed, making it easy for anyone to type in their Tweet and honor those who have served.
About the Texas Cable Association
TCA (www.txcable.com) has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960. Members include Allegiance Communications, Cable One, Charter Communications, Comcast, Mediastream, Suddenlink Communications and Time Warner Cable. Follow TCA’s activities on Facebook (www.facebook.com/texascable) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/texascable).
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