Reading Across America

Students participate in reading adventure with commissioner


EDINBURG, TEXAS – E.B. Guerra Elementary hosted a Read Across America Community Day in which a variety of district leaders, city and county leaders were selected to participate in the event. Each reader was assigned a classroom to read a book of their choice to the children. The event began with a meet and greet among the hosts and attendees while enjoying a continental breakfast.


Among one of the participants was Commissioner Joseph Palacios from Hidalgo County’s Precinct 4. Mr. Palacios was assigned a third grade classroom filled with eager students willing to learn about his job duties. “I’m the county commissioner, I’m elected by the people to represent the entire area of Edinburg, rural area of San Manuel and all of northern McAllen,” Palacios informed the students.


After asking the children their plans for the future, Palacios assured them that reading plays a key role in everyone’s daily lives and explained its importance in order to succeed. “That is Not a Good Idea” by Mo Willems was read by Commissioner Palacios followed by a discussion of the moral of the story. By the end of the reading, students were able to understand and give their personal input of the story along with additional participation.

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CPL Energy donates check to RGV Food Bank to benefit San Carlos Community Resource Center

On Tuesday, June 15, 2014 dozens of children gathered at the San Carlos Community Resource Center for a big announcement.

Representatives from CPL Retail Energy presented the RGV Food Bank with a check in the amount of $10,000. This money will allow the RGV Food Bank to purchase of food, which will be donated to the San Carlos CRC and the Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg. Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Terri Drefke happily received the donation and says the money will provide enough food to feed 250 children.

CPL Representative Jay Shaw gave each child a light bulb piggy bank and a bag of goodies. Each bag contained breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Two officers from the Edinburg Police Department were also on hand and provided each child with stickers and pencils.

Commissioner Joseph Palacios thanks CPL Retail Energy for their generous donation and the RGV Food Bank for their continued support of the families in Precinct 4.

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Poet & Writer Frank Brewster at San Carlos CRC

San Carlos Community Resource Center had the privileged of welcoming poet and writer Frank Brewster III on July 2, 2014. Mr. Brewster shared with the kids of the summer program the importance of following your dreams. He explained that when he decided to start writing poetry and children’s books he would focus on something called “LALA” land. Being a former music teacher and musician, he would play his saxophone to explore ideas for his writing pieces. His engagement with the kids included playing his instrument, reading to the kids, and having them write a poem of their own. San Carlos looks forward to seeing Mr. Brewster again!


Groundbreaking Ceremony for Linn-San Manuel Emergency Services Facility

Commissioner Joseph Palacios will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Linn-San Manuel Emergency Services Facility in San Manuel, Texas. The ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Linn-San Manuel Emergency Services Facility 0.2 miles East of HWY 281 on SH 186.

The Linn-San Manuel Emergency Services Facility will provide a fire station with 3 bays and an ambulance service that will be offered by the Emergency Service District #3. The facility will also provide office space for various local and state departments to have a working area where they can prepare reports and have access to computers. There will also be a community room where local residents can hold meetings. The Linn-San Manuel Emergency Service Facility will also be used as an Emergency Operating Center when natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, and power outages occur.

 The project cost is estimated to be approximately $1.2 Million.

All media and the public are invited to attend.

Your Cordially Invited!

Commissioner Joseph Palacios invites you to a ceremonial unveiling of

“Captain Ken Baker Road”

Please join us as we recognize Captain Ken Baker’s 41 years of service with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Friday, May 16,2014

9:00 a.m.

Corner of Brushline Rd. & G.I. Rd.

Unveiling Ceremony

No Kid Hungry Campaign

In October 2011, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples launched the No Kid Hungry Campaign in Texas. Since the start of the campaign, Commissioner Staples has been working throughout the state to ensure its implementation. Most notably, he has been working very closely with Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27, to ensure its success in the Rio Grande Valley.


As part of the campaign, Commissioner Staples and Senator Lucio visited several sites throughout Cameron and Hidalgo County on Monday, July 9, 2012. One site visited by the campaign was the San Carlos Community Resource Center in Precinct 4, where over 100 children are receiving free breakfast and lunch throughout the summer. Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios met with No Kid Hungry Campaignofficials at the San Carlos CRC and gave a tour of the center. The San Carlos CRC works with the community year round to provide services and activities for children and families living in Precinct 4.


The San Carlos Community is one of the many who benefit from the campaign through a partnership with the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and grants from Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, helping to ensure that no child in the community goes without a meal.


The Texas No Kid Hungry Campaign is a public-private partnership with the Texas Hunger Initiative, which is a project of Baylor University’s School of Social Work and the national children’s hunger organization Share Our Strength, which is providing $230,000 for the first year of the project. The initiative is also receiving support from Wal-Mart and from Maximus, a health and human services contractor. The Texas campaign is part of Share Our Strength’s national No Kid Hungry Campaign.


The partnership’s focus during its first year is to connect more eligible low-income children to federally funded school breakfasts and summer meals. According to the campaign’s website, with school out for the summer, 17 million children across America are at greater risk of going hungry without access to the vital breakfast and school lunch programs they rely on during the academic year. Free summer meals are available to kids and teens age 18 and under at thousands of summer meal sites across the country.


Find out more about the No Kid Hungry Campaign by visiting here!