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January 22, 2012






Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or

Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.

Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.

Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.

Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. (903) 432-3552.

Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce.

Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.

Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.

Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.

Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email or (800) 422-2260 or visit

GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.

Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 451-4221.

Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.

Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.

Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.

Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.

Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.

Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).

Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.

Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.

Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. Donna Dean at ddean45@

Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.

RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.

Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. (903) 498-2140.

Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.

Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.

Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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MISD Education Foundation awards grants
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank ISD Education Foundation presented nine innovative teaching grants to faculty in the school district during its annual Grant Giveaway Dec. 15, 2011. A total of $19,005.57 in grants was awarded.
Most grants sought and awarded requested funding for cutting-edge technology, though two grants funded more traditional requests, such as the establishment of a garden and field trips.
A total of nine grant proposals were funded this school year at four campuses.
Central Elementary teachers Bettie Busby, Mary Ann Gregg, Crissie Kovar, Tana Hoelscher and Shirley Miller were awarded a $500 grant titled “Community Stewardship.” Funds will be used to provide early opportunities for kindergarten students to learn about Mabank’s federally-funded services like the Post Office and the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Since data shows that if individuals understand the importance of their community, its resources and the public services available, they will grow up to participate and be good stewards of their community.
Also at Central Elementary, Rachel Stokes and Joanie Mason were awarded a $1,000 grant for a hands-on math lab. The funds will be used to help build a lab that all kindergarten through fourth grade students can visit each week, where grade appropriate games and activities are aligned to the state standards to help build math self-esteem and confidence.
The third grant awarded to Central Elementary in the amount of $1,972.50 went to Nancy Manning, Christine Grasser and Leslie Ward for “Apples for the Students.” IPads will be purchased to teach students how to access information that is at their fingertips.
This creates a movement toward free flowing, global education, teaching our students we must embrace the conveniences and challenges of new technologies.
Mabank Intermediate was the recipient of two grants. Teacher Christopher Evans ,who wrote a grant titled “MIS Information,” was awarded $1,500 to purchase the equipment to establish a small production studio.
This studio will be used to produce various media products to be shared with the campus, district and community.
“Kindle the Flame for the Love of Reading” submitted by Cheryl Pickens, Melissa Smith, Andrea Wallace, Jamie Dozier, Erin York, Julie Sparkman and Candice Lawrence was funded in the amount of $2,494.08. Kindle electronic bookreaders will be purchased to move traditional teaching methods into the age of technology, to reduce our carbon footprint, but most importantly to engage struggling readers and close the gap on reading deficits.
Lakeview Elementary received three grants and also brought in the largest overall grant funds totaling $7,038.99 campus wide. Charity Groom, Kathy Reynolds, Windy Preston, Sue Hutcheson and Karli Sutton were awarded $5,000 for their grant titled “SMART Table Interactive Learning Center.”
The SMART Table provides students with the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills by enabling them to work together face-to-face, to complete the problem solving consensus building activities.
A “Webcasting” proposal was submitted by Windy Preston ,who was awarded $388.99. Webcasting is a wonderfully innovative and effective avenue for exciting students about learning.
This approach to learning involves multiple schools and promotes student engagement and sharing knowledge. Laurie Reeve, Amanda Boss, Julie Levitt, Sandy Chasteen, Michelle Mesa and Sydney Lyndamood were awarded $1,650 for a “Campus-wide Educational Garden.” This hands-on approach to learning promotes the highest level of learning. A campus garden will be a permanent fixture for students to use for many learning activities for years to come.
Mabank High School counselors, Kathy Norman, Patricia Riley and Gaye Stegman were awarded $4,500 for their grant proposal titled “College Visions Program.”
Mabank ISD wants to increase the number of graduates who attend college after high school, particularly first generation college students, who may not have the support or encouragement at home to pursue their college dreams.
While the counseling center provides a full suite of services to assist students, growing class sizes, complicated admission procedures, and perceived financial barriers are some of the stumbling block students face.
This grant would fund campus visits for students and parents, provide for a community mentor program, and supply access to technology that simplifies the college search, applications and funding process for all students.
The Mabank ISD Education Foundation board of directors thanks those who donated funds to help promote innovative learning for Mabank students. “Your continued support will ensure that our students are ready for the future,” board president Andrea Pickens said.
More information about the Foundation and making a donation, may be found at


















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