March Newsletter 2020
High School Theater Performances
This month I had the privilege of attending the Richardson High School Theater productions. It was such a treat to see so many amazing, talented students—from acting and singing to the costumes and technical preparation. Congratulations to all involved for the incredible performances! I invite all to support the arts by showing encouragement every chance one gets.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton
Raise Your Hand Education Forum
On Feb. 4th, I participated in the Raise Your Hand Education Forum. I had an opportunity to highlight the work I during the 86th legislative session, like passing HB 3, which devotes $4.5 billion to education reform.
Public education is a pillar of our community and will remind a top legislative priority.
I encourage everyone who has time to get involved with their local schools because within these schools are the leaders of tomorrow. Remember that old saying "It takes a village..."
To see forum...Click Here
ACM Science Fair
Congratulations to all the winners of the Arapaho Classical Magnet Elementary 2020 Science Fair! Seeing all the young kids excited about science truly brings a sense of gratitude towards those that encouraged it—so thank you to all the teachers who work tirelessly to foster curiosity and a passion for learning.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”– Dr. Seuss
Community Visits - Cottonwood Dems & Northwood Hills HOA
Every month I have the privilege to speak to different local groups in the area about priorities that are most pressing to them. It is during these events that I am able to provide direct representation by talking one-on-one with all and inviting everyone to get involved in my District Office as we host community events. It is my goal to make the legislative process as inclusive as possible. To see my involvement during the 86th Leg Session, please visit my District website.
If you would like me to attend your next HOA or local group meeting, please call my District Office at 972-239-5367.
Richardson HS Visit
Thank you to Richardson High school for providing me with a tour of your campus, where I saw first hand all of the amazing things our youth are working on. I got to see the Communications Magnet, Law Magnet, Manufacturing & Robotics shop, and the Auto Tech department! Lastly, I got to see the delicious herbs growing for the Culinary Magnet.
By bring community leaders to the table I can hear about what directly what affects them. Huge thank you to Principal Choat and Liz Morse for guiding me through the campus and being so dedicated to our children.
In recognition of Black History Month, I wanted to use this opportunity to highlight a couple of the amazing community leaders that help make HD 102 so amazing.
We featured Ms. Regina Harris, the first African American Woman to be elected to the RISD School Board, and Major Sharice Hadnot, who has over 20 years of experience in the Dallas Police Department. Along with Principal Cage, from Berkner Highschool, and Congressman Allred, U.S. Representative for TX 32nd District.
Thank you to all of these individuals who make HD 102 the best district in Texas
RISD Used Book Fair Success
I would like to recognize the amazing RISD Council of PTAs for hosting an amazing event, one that has been going on for over 15 years. The RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair, which is held every year, raises funds for scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors. I had the absolute pleasure of volunteering some time and even finding some great books along the way!
My District Office staff who possess the same drive for community involvement as I do, volunteered two days to help sort books, greet visitors, and provide great book recommendations.
Thank you to all that donated and volunteered their time!
Census Training with NALEO & CPPP
With over $675 billion federal dollars expected to be distributed across the United States, we must ensure our community gets its fair share. This money goes towards school, roads, and hospitals.
This can only be done through accurate counting, but it is easier than ever, with this year being the first year where the census will be available online. There will also be the option of completing it by phone, through the mail, or with an in-person enumerator.
Representative Ramos and Arturo Vargas, NALEO CEO For more information,visit hagasecontar.org or contact our Distict Office at 972.239.5367.
American Muslim Democratic Caucus Meeting
Thank you to the members of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus for inviting me to speak about my office's involvement in the community and hearing from you all about your concerns. Hearing from you all helps me in ensuring no one feels unheard. It is my mission and the mission of my office, to always be a place where concerns can be expressed. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you all again!
GDHCC 2020 Board of Directors Installation Ceremony
On February 25th, I was able to attend the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Board of Directors Installation Ceremony. Learning about the Chamber's priorities for the year made me feel honored to swear in the 2020 Board of Members.
Congratulations to the GDHCC on their 80th Anniversary!
Upcoming Community Events
Mar. 2nd - Texas Independence Day
Mar. 2nd - AARP Tax Help (Every Monday of the Month)
Mar. 3rd - Texas Primary Election
Mar. 5th - Richardson Police Department UNIDOS Meeting
Mar. 12th - Census Online Participation Launches
Mar. 16th - 20th - RISD Spring Break
Mar. 17th - St. Patrick's Day
Mar. 19th - First Day of Spring
Mar. 26th - Bad Art Night at the Garland Central Library
Mar. 28th - Junior League of Richardson Spring Market
Mar. 29th - Vietnam Veteran's Day
Mar. 31st - Cesar Chavez Day
Do you have a high school senior or college student at home? Check out these opportunities for them to earn scholarships! You can also click here, for a scholarship for seniors who are immigrants, or children of immigrants.
When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. To help with this important matter, our office is working with all of HD102 to ensure a complete count happens right here in our district. For more information, visit U.S. Census Bureau or contact our district office.
To see what's on your ballot, check your voter registration status, find your polling place or to discover any upcoming debates in your area, visit Vote411.org. If you have any issues on election day, you can report your election problems by calling: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español) 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian Multilingual Assistance) 1-888-YALLA-US (Arabic)
To receive more information about the Public Housing Steering Committee, or to join, please email District102.Ramos@house.texas.gov or call our District Office at (972)239-5367.
HD 102 Local Highlight
Recognition USA is a local business that specializes in customized badges, awards, and promotional items. They have been operating since 1980, and have some of the best customer service in the industry--they have direct communication with their production technicians to correct any order. If you need any badges, or promotional items, you can visit them at 113 E. Polk St, Richardson, TX, or you can visit their website, by clicking here.
If you own/manage a local business that you'd like to be featured, please email District102.Ramos@house.texas.gov