COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS: Events, recognitions and celebrations in The Woodlands from our June issue

In April and May, students celebrated Earth Day, an area private school marked 30 years of education and a nonprofit celebrated an anniversary with its Montgomery County chapter.

The eighth annual Habitat for Humanity MCTX Building Hope Gala for the Montgomery County area was held May 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The event, presented by LGI Homes for the third consecutive year, marked Habitat for Humanity’s 30th anniversary.

Students at Xplor Preschool & School Age Care on West Rayford Road in Spring, celebrated Earth Day with a parade, a ladybug release and gardening projects.

In April, The John Cooper School celebrated its 30th anniversary with an assembly and celebration. Senior members of the Upper School choir sang the national anthem to kick off the event including, from left, Mitchell Shannon, Conor Patterson, Uche Oguchi, Matt Krehbiel and Mohib Jamil.

Collective Hearts for Children, an organization formed this year to support The Woodlands-based Texas Autism Academy through fundraising, held its first Scholarship Wine Gala on April 30 at Pallotta’s Italian Grill. The event raised more than $15,000 for the school, which serves students throughout the Greater Houston area. The group plans to hold a second event in April 2020 at the same venue.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.