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Second Edition: Fall 2014

"In the Halls of Sam Houston, there are no strangers."

Texans helping Texans.

Hello Fellow Texans,

We have so many things to share with you! This edition includes details about the Fan Playoff Bus, Winter Clothing Drive, Veterans Day, and our upcoming November meeting. 

Our donations coordinators meet regularly with the school and we know the need is great at Sam Houston. Approximately 3,500 students  are currently homeless in AISD and these numbers do not include students who are considered "couch surfers" in high school, who bounce around to friends' homes. A majority of these students are Sam students and students feeding into the Sam district. We have also received reports of several families living out of vehicles. With the cold weather approaching our Winter Clothing Drive and "Beyond Lunch" Food Program are at a critical need this time of year and we hope you will consider supporting these initiatives. 

The "Beyond Lunch" Food program is available to students throughout the school year. Meals are provided to students who are involved in extracurricular activities,after school, who often go without dinner. Food is also made available to students lacking needed nutrition over the weekends and holidays. Our donations coordinator indicated she is in need of bottled water and individual juices. If you are interested in donating items to the food program please contact Sheila Young, Donation Coordinator at To donate funds to these programs, visit  

Ms. Jones, the school's social worker said the gloves, hats, and coats went out the fastest, but every single item was given out and gratefully used. This year, we are accepting items for even small children, as many of the students expressed the need last year for their younger siblings. We are also in great need of all sizes of NEW underwear and NEW socks. 

We are so grateful for your kindness and generosity to the students of Sam Houston and supporting these alumni programs. The students feel the presence of the alumni association and we are making a tremendous difference in our community. 

Forever Texans,

The SHHS Alumni Association Board

2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive from November 1st to December 10th. Our goal is to donate 500 items to the school! For complete details of accepted items, please view details here

Drop Off at Alumni Meetings on November 12th and December 10th or Porch Drop-off at 806 Clover Park Dr, Arlington, TX 76013. 

Questions? Contact Becky Phillips, SHHS Alumni Social Chairman at or (817) 675-4418.
Come One, Come All and Ride The Fan Playoff Bus!

Our Football Booster Club will be chartering a bus to Odessa for the Playoff (yes) Playoff Game on November 14th. The cost is $63.00 per person, round trip and includes the game ticket and driver's tip. What a Deal! The bus will leave from SHHS at 11am and will return immediately after the game, as hotel space is limited. Monies need to be turned into Mr. Tommy Newhouse by Monday, Nov. 10th at 1pm. Given that this is not being sponsored by the district, Cash Only (Please and Thank You)! If (and we are hopeful that is not the case) we cannot fill the bus, all monies will be returned. Let's Make It Happen! Contact Tommy at or (512) 934-0120!
Are YOU a Veteran?
If so, the Student Council of Sam Houston High School would love to honor you! They will be hosting their celebrations on November 11th in the auditorium at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. Additionally, they would love to hear from you therefore, if you would like to speak about your time of service that would be great! Please do contact me as soon as possible so that I may let them know how many to anticipate. Thank you for your service!

Darla Peznell, SHHS Alumni PR Chair 
(682) 230-3546
Next General Alumni Meeting
Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm
Spaghetti Warehouse Arlington 1255 W Interstate 20, Arlington, Texas 76017. Meetings are a great place to reconnect, and to share input on current and future projects! Come early to eat and mingle. 
Forming Nomination Committee at November Meeting
Officer Elections are coming up in January 2015. This November meeting is important because we will be forming a Nomination Committee. We are looking for 5 members to form this committee and present their nominations at the December meeting. 
Are you ready to be an SHHS Alumni Board Officer? 
Interested candidates should bring a Letter of Intent to the November 12th meeting. If you are unable to attend, please email your letter to Claudia Perkins, SHHS Alumni Vice President at All letters must be submitted by Friday, November 14, 2014.

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