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Sep 13, 2011 | Luke Blount

Holy Trinity School, Houston, Receives National Honors

Holy Trinity Episcopal School, Houston, celebrated the opening of its twelfth school year recently with the news of two national distinctions for outstanding efforts by its parent and student community. 


The school's Parent Leadership Group recently received national recognition from PTO Today as the winners of the 2011 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Effort to Overcome Adversity. From the article


Following a stunning announcement just before Thanksgiving that their school would close in December, parents at Holy Trinity Episcopal School in Houston banded together to save it, becoming the school’s business managers, janitors, and groundskeepers. They also raised more than $200,000...Read more here.


Over 300 school groups applied for the 2011 awards through PTO Today, a national company dedicated to providing resources and services to the K-8 parent group market. Holy Trinity was one of ten schools recently awarded national recognition, and the only award-winning school from Texas.


Additionally, Kohl's Kids Who Care selected Holy Trinity 2010-11 fourth grade student Alex deMasi as one of 10 national winners of the scholarship program for his service to Houston's fallen veterans. From Kohl's website


Alex's call to action came in 2008 when he learned that Houston National Cemetery did not have a holiday program to honor and remember the veterans laid to rest in the cemetery. Alex, with the help of his parents, researched program options and founded Wreaths Across America Houston. The Wreaths Across America program started over 20 years ago and each holiday season, places wreaths on the headstones of fallen soldiers. With the help of thousands of volunteers, Alex collected 28,000 wreaths and placed them at the headstones of fallen soldiers in Houston National Cemetery during the holiday season of 2010. At the event, nine-year-old Alex spoke before a crowd of almost 11,000 veterans, volunteers and family and friends of those buried in the cemetery. In Houston, Alex has spoken and participated at more than 36 events at schools, scouting events, veterans' activities and more, encouraging people to support the cause. Houston's Wreaths Across America program is now the largest event of its kind in the United States.


DeMasi was chosen from over 37,000 nominees nation-wide and received a $10,000 scholarship.


For more information about Holy Trinity, visit their website.