The Branch

A Monthly Newsletter from RootEd

Growing Momentum

The federal stimulus funding still HAS NOT been given to the districts. Legislators are frustratingly trying to figure out how to supplant the funds into the budget and other state holdings. We need to make sure parents and voters let the legislators know that the money needs to be put into the district hands where schools can then use it where needed. We've heard from several districts as to where you'd like to use the federal funds if and when they are released. The needs are endless: additional days, interventions, technology, HVAC updates, safety protocols and so much more.



Please take two quick and easy actions today:

1.Click here to email Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick and let them know you want the billions of federal dollars to go to districts to help schools, students, and teachers recover from this challenging year. That’s what they are intended for!

2.Make quick calls to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and tell them:

  • To please make sure the $18 billion of federal recovery funds intended for our schools go to our districts and schools ASAP.
  • These funds are meant to be in addition to state funds, not instead of them, as was done with the first $1.3 billion.
    • Governor Greg Abbott: 512-463-2000
    • Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick: 512-463-0001
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Trivia For a Cause

Trivia Night was a total blast!!! Thank you so much to everyone who came out. The reactions were hilarious!! We are so grateful to one of our Advisory Board members, Mike Farringer, who came up with the idea and to Martina Meritz (Oak Meadow Elem and Jackson MS mom) who emcee'd the night. Congrats to Team Clark Manor, Team Swag Attack and Team Kaboom on winning!! Thanks to all of the RootEd principals and superintendents for sending the bonus videos, they were so perfect!!!

Annnnnnndddddd....we raised enough for one $1000 scholarship for a deserving senior! We’re not done raising money or taking applicants so keep it coming!! #RootEd

Counselors, Advisors, Parents: Scholarship Opportunity!

RootEd is fundraising to create up to five college scholarships for high school seniors from RootEd schools. The student applicant must be a senior in good standing from NISD, NEISD, Southside ISD, Harlandale ISD, SWISD, ECISD, Floresville ISD or Alamo Heights ISD to apply.


Will you help make a difference in someone's life and make a donation towards a scholarship?

RootEd is a 501c3 grassroots organization and your donation is tax deductible.

There are three ways to donate:


  1. Easiest way to donate is through Venmo - @RootEdSA with 'college scholarship' in the memo.
  2. You can donate on our website: Donate – RootEd (proudlyrooted.com)
  3. Checks are definitely welcome and can be mailed to


14019 Gray Wing St.

San Antonio, TX 78231


Any amount is appreciated and will make an impact. Please direct any questions to sofia@proudlyrooted.com

Thank you to Coker Rep Sofia, who thought having a scholarship for RootEd seniors would be something we should do and we completely agree!!!
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Noteworthy

RootEd out in the Community

RootEd Rep Meeting

We had a wonderful Rep meeting at the beginning of this month with the new Reps and many of our Lead Reps. It was so good to meet the new Reps and chat training, legislative issues and our updates. Everyone was excited and motivated. So good to see!!
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RootEd Facebook Groups



Ready to dive into some podcasts that either may get you fired up about public education? Or want to be in the know about our legislative priorities and what's going on in public education in Texas?


Check us out. Click on the graphic below for links.

Go Public Partnership

Have you seen the latest updated website for Go Public?! It's awesome! Check it out HERE
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Monthly Updates

Rep Spotlight of the Month

This month's Rep Spotlight is on Sarah who is one of our Reps at Colonies North Elementary and Hobby Middle School. Sarah is a huge advocate for her schools. She understands the ends and outs of what it takes to be heard to bring change. We are very lucky that she's a part of RootEd.


"I am excited to be part of a team of Rooted Reps for Colonies North Elementary and Hobby Middle School! Together we are an unstoppable group of moms with a shared vision of supporting our community schools. My children may have graduated from Colonies North, but I continue to support the students and teachers at my neighborhood campus.


When I first joined the Rooted team, I had recently left the classroom at Colonies North where both my children were still attending. As a former public education teacher and current literacy specialist, I take pride in advocating for both the students and the teachers. I firmly believe if you support teachers, you support kids. I actively promote all the amazing things happening at Colonies North and Hobby through Twitter and Facebook.


Attending our neighborhood public schools has provided my children with amazing opportunities. Starting in kindergarten, my boys have been friends with kids from all over the world which has enriched their worldviews. While at Colonies, my oldest benefitted from the GT program and my youngest loved the STEM class. Now that they are both at Hobby, they participate in as many athletics teams as possible and enjoy the band. My 8th grader will also start Clark next year with three high school credits! I have seen first hand how much the teachers at both schools care about each of their students. This year has been particularly stressful for teachers and I hope they know how much we appreciate them and will continue to advocate on their behalf."


#RootedColoniesNorth #RootEdHobby

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About RootEd

RootEd is a parent-led, grassroots organization that promotes neighborhood public schools through storytelling, advocacy, and education. We believe a strong public school system for all children creates a robust economy and well-connected community. RootEd is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.


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