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U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro Visits Hutchins Elementary

On Thursday, January 25, Hutchins Elementary School gave a warm welcome to U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro as he came to tour our Pre-K/Headstart Program. South San Antonio ISD was recently awarded $1,431,486.00 for Head Start Programs, which includes 16 Head Start classrooms and dual-education classrooms throughout the District.

As Castro entered the campus, he was met with our joyful Vikings cheerleaders leading him into the school’s library, and he shared some important advice to our youth. 

“Always believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who also believe in you,” Castro expressed. “The people I sat with in class at college, some of the smartest people in the country, were just like the same people in my elementary, middle and high school here in San Antonio.”

After Castro’s inspiring speech to our students, he was led through the halls to Hutchin’s Head start classrooms. In all four classrooms, one being a dual language classroom, students were practicing a variety of skills, such as reading, fine motor skills, and Spanish language.  

Castro, alongside Superintendent Henry Yzaguirre and our leadership team, were able to interact with our students and have an inside look at the classroom dynamic. Students with different needs and levels of development are able to be prioritized due to funds allocated through our Head start Services (HSS) grant.

When questioned about the importance of Head start/Pre-K programs, Castro vocalized that he co-founded the Congressional Pre-K and Child Care Caucus at the beginning of his career, and it centers around examining early education and child care, exploring best practice programs, and developing policy recommendations to improve early education. “Head start is the starting point for all our students,” Castro explained. “We need to make sure they start strong for the later grades.”

Superintendent Yzaguirre expressed how appreciative we are as a district to have Castro visit our campuses and show support to our community. Superintendent Yzaguirre expresses how the money awarded extends outside the classroom and maximizes its use through counseling and social services. 

“It doesn’t just stay in the classroom, we’re trying to build a community as a whole,” Yzaguirre said. “At SSAISD, future plans and goals are in the works to strengthen our head start program and support our families.”