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FWISD District-Wide Online Registration Begins July 1

Fort Worth ISD offers in-person instruction or virtual, online learning.
All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process

Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins soon and registering early is more important than ever. Parents and students are being asked to choose a preference for either in-person or virtual, online learning.

Beginning at midnight, July 1, all Fort Worth ISD parents can complete registration by visiting www.fwisd.org/register. Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a "must do" in order to be enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.

The process for returning students is fast and should take less than ten minutes to complete. Using your student's individual Snapcode, simply go to www.fwisd.org/register, click the Returning Student registration button and confirm the information you've previously supplied or update any new information.

Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. On July 1, parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register, click the New Student registration button, and create an account.

Have a question? Call Fort Worth ISD's Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070, or visit the District website at www.fwisd.org/register to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Now, we want to share some special details about the coming school year, so you can make an informed choice:

· Families selecting virtual instruction will experience daily teacher/student interactive lessons in each subject area.

· Internet access and a technology device (computer, Chromebook, lap top) must be available for student use daily. (It is recommended that students in middle or high school utilize their District-issued 1-to-1 Chromebook.)

· It is also recommended that the home or environment the student will engage in virtual instruction have reliable internet service.

· For elementary students who do not have a 1-to-1 device or a device in the home, FWISD will prioritize the issuance of a student Chromebook.

· Families requesting virtual instruction but who do not have reliable internet service will be prioritized for the issuance of District hot spots.

· Students will be expected to participate in virtual daily instruction with follow-up assignments.

· Students will be responsible for submitting assignments to the teacher through their virtual classroom environment.

· Grades for virtual instruction will follow all District grading policies. Numeric grades will be assigned for each 6-weeks and semester basis. There may be situations where courses selected by the student cannot be delivered in a virtual environment. In those situations, school counselors will work with the student to select an appropriate course that will be delivered virtually.

· Families who select the virtual instruction model for their student will commit to remaining in a virtual instruction setting for the entire semester.

In-Person Instruction

· Families selecting in-person instruction need to be prepared for a school environment that is socially distanced, limited in movement, and differentiated in instructional delivery methods.

· Depending on classroom capacity guidance that will be released from TEA and the federal government, some classes may take place in non-traditional classroom spaces.

· Some classes will be delivered by an in-person teacher while others may be delivered by a virtual teacher. All classes will have adult staff supervision.

· Students who attend class in-person will be required to wear a face mask in all indoor environments.

· Students will not be able to congregate in large groups and will be required to adhere to the 6-foot socially distanced requirement.

· Student work spaces in classrooms will also be socially distanced at the 6-foot requirement.

· Breakfast and lunch will be served through alternative means, limiting the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.

· Arrival and dismissal times may need to be staggered to account for maintaining social distance.

· Restroom facilities will be monitored and cleaned on an ongoing basis and student access to facilities will need to be organized to ensure safe and healthy environments.

· In-person instruction will remain in place as a District and campus option as long as health and safety guidance allow.

· Families who select in-person learning will commit to remaining in a school setting for the entire semester. However, families electing in-person instruction must also understand that there may be the need to close schools and transition to virtual instruction for periods of time during the school year.

Online registration is a time-saving tool that can be done from the convenience of your own home, at any hour, day or night, using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device.

Who: All Fort Worth ISD students – either new or returning

What: Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year

When: Beginning at midnight on July 1.

Why: It's easy, it's convenient, and parents no longer have to fill out form after form with the same information.

How: Parents of returning students use an assigned Snapcode, which can be found on the 2019-2020 final report card on your Parent Portal account.

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FWISD, TCC to merge Advisory Boards

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini have agreed to merge their respective advisory boards – the groups of industry professionals who provide valuable connections between educators and industry in preparing students to enter the workforce. The decision came during an hour-plus virtual summit discussing Fort Worth's future workforce.

The merger of the advisory boards will increase collaboration between educators and industry as they create programs for students. It also represents a huge step forward for career and technical education as Fort Worth prepares for a new kind of workforce in a post-COVID 19 environment.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who also participated in the virtual summit, hailed the decision as a way to make a difference in the future of Fort Worth. "Having one focus is always good. It allows for a better use of our resources as we come out of this COVID 19."

Scribner referred to the adage, "form follows function" as he described this new alignment. "If in fact, we are looking toward a cradle-to-career initiative in Fort Worth, it would only make sense that we align that work and bring advisory groups together."

Giovannini said the new alignment could help create "the opportunity for the business community to engage us seamlessly in a progression from high school to college. It will certainly pay great benefits."

The decision to merge advisory boards was one of several highlights from the Zoom event. Titled "Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins," it was part of a partnership between Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to better understand how education and industry can work together to meet current and future workforce needs.

The summit followed eight industry-focused virtual discussions, or mini-summits, held in early June. The individual sessions focused on aviation and aerospace; transportation, both distribution and logistics; hospitality and culinary; IT and cybersecurity business; small businesses: the construction industry: general business; and health care.


Progress update: Race and Culture recommendations

Posted June 30, 2020 — City of Fort Worth

Fort Worth continues to make progress on implementing recommendations from the Task Force on Race and Culture.

In December 2018, the City Council approved 22 Race and Culture Task Force recommendationsPDF File in key areas of criminal justice, economic development, education, governance, health, housing and transportation.

Progress highlights:

Criminal Justice: Civilian oversight of Police Department The new Police Oversight Monitor-Director of the Office of the Police Oversight Monitor Kim Neal and Assistant Police Oversight Monitor Denise Rodriguez joined the city in March. Since then, the office has conducted initial meetings with multiple community organizations, city leaders and FWPD personnel.

The office created a complaint form and has begun receiving and reviewing complaints, inquiries, commendations, use of force incidents, FWPD policies and procedures including, but not limited to, use of force.

All members of the staff are Criminal Justice Information Services certified and continue to participate in external training opportunities. Office personnel have also received training on the Texas Public Information Act as well as met with the City Attorney's Office.

Criminal Justice: Police cadet program The Fort Worth Police Department completed all tasks related to the advertising, interviewing and hiring 20 new cadets.

Criminal Justice: Police Department diversity Members of the Fort Worth Police Department Training Division met with colleagues in the Fire Department to share ideas on recruiting. A FWFD representative provided information on a targeted social media campaign and "text this number" campaign that allowed them to increase their diversity pool with great success. These ideas were added to recruitment plans for future implementation.

Economic Development: Job training, transportation to jobs, background issues and hiring process The city partnered with Workforce Solutions to enhance job fairs and training opportunities and is currently working with Workforce Solutions to identify occupations with labor shortages. Municipal Courts expanded its Safe Harbor Initiative warrant forgiveness program and declared February 2020 Warrant Forgiveness Month. Individuals who voluntarily appeared at a court location in February to act on their cases were eligible for community service or a reduction in the fine amount based on their ability to pay. Municipal Court also continued its Court in the Community initiative to bring the mobile court to sites across the city in February. The city is also working with all chambers of commerce on a memorandum of understanding about various employment-related issues, including transportation to work.

Economic Development: Education incentives to achieve wage parity In partnership with United Way of Tarrant County and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce (which has employed staff to provide oversight and technical assistance to FWISD and community GO Centers), Fort Worth ISD currently has 42 active GO Centers operating around Fort Worth. GO Centers are designed to help students see pathways to careers and college. They are physical spaces in schools, libraries, workforce centers and church-affiliated spaces equipped with computers and overseen by school staff. Tarrant County College also hosts a mobile GO Center. Students visit the GO Centers and research career opportunities, college options and financial aid. Students are assisted by mentors from higher education institutions and from the community.

Economic Development: Capacity-building of minority-owned businesses The Business Equity Division, formerly the Office of Business Diversity, transitioned from the Economic Development Department to the new Department of Diversity and Inclusion, expanding its responsibilities for capacity-building of minority-owned businesses in the process.

The Business Equity Division completed the city's 2020 Business Equity Disparity Study in June with consultant Colette Holt Advisors. Along with partner organizations, the division completed 77 outreach events for minority businesses to date, and partnered with Beck Construction to launch Beck School of Construction for new or emerging local minority businesses.

Education: Early childhood intervention via quality child care The city partnered with the Early Learning Alliance to embark on a 10-year movement working to ensure that all children have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life:

Increased Texas Rising Star quality child care by 131%. On-boarded 3,000+ child care professionals on registry. Completed 3,000+ infants and toddler screenings through Ages & Stages Questionnaire.

Education: Service learning and civic engagement The Rising Stars Leadership Academy has expanded from a 10-week summer program to a year-round experience for youth ages 13-18. Before COVID-19, the goal was to enroll 20 youth in the first year-round class by March 1, 2020. Youth will be selected from economically-challenged communities to participate in the Rising Stars Leadership Academy, which will be held at Martin Luther King Community Center in conjunction with the EnVision Center. The FW@ 6 program sites participated in two service-learning projects — working at the North Texas Area Food Bank, and collecting toys for Cook Children's Medical Center.

Education: College and career centers Fort Worth ISD currently has 42 active GO Centers operating around Fort Worth. GO Centers are designed to help students see pathways to careers and college. They are physical spaces in schools, libraries, workforce centers and church-affiliated spaces equipped with computers and managed by school staff. Tarrant County College also hosts a mobile GO Center. Students visit the GO Centers and research career opportunities, college options and financial aid. Students are assisted by mentors from higher education institutions and from the community.

Governance: Redistricting The 2016 Charter Amendment increased the number of City Councilmembers from 8 plus 1 to 10 plus 1, effective with redistricting after the 2020 Census for the 2023 municipal election.

Governance: Diversity and Inclusion Department The activities identified related to the creation of the Department of Diversity and Inclusion have all been completed. The Municipal Equity Division has 1.5 staff members, the Business Equity Division has six staff members, and the Civil Rights Enforcement Division has 10 full-time and three part-time staff members and an assistant department director. The new diversity and inclusion director/chief equity officer began work in December 2019 and developed new mission, objectives and measures for the new department. The Business Equity Division, formerly reporting to the Economic Development Department, now reports to the Diversity and Inclusion Department. All divisions are co-located at Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods using a shared-space model to reduce utility costs.

Governance: Diversity training The Department of Diversity and Inclusion (formerly Human Relations Unit) and the former Performance and Budget Department completed Values Summits on Diversity and Mutual Respect for supervisors in October 2019. The department implemented specialized department inclusion, diversity, equity and access workshops. The city has Diversity and Inclusion educational workshops available online through Employee University.

Health: Health education and outreach Fort Worth's overall 2018 Well-Being Index score rose to 62.5, a gain of nearly four points since 2014. Gallup Sharecare Well-Being Index has not released new reports for 2019 or 2020 to date.

Health: Active lifestyles The city opened Hillside Community Center fitness center in February 2020. The city has finalized Silver Sneakers and Active Renew agreements and implemented new programs to increase older adult use of fitness classes and facilities through existing health care providers at community centers.

In order to encourage active lifestyles in neighborhoods, the city began installing 6,800 feet of sidewalk improvement and 1,000 streetlights using existing bond and PayGo funds. To date, the city has 7,230 linear feet of sidewalks planned in NPAs, and 1,200 linear feet or 20% completed. The city has also focused efforts on streetlight maintenance to encourage walkability in neighborhoods. To date, 860 lights have been improved and converted to LED in NPAs since Jan. 1, 2020 (86%). The city's Active Transportation Plan (ATP) was adopted by council April 2019 and is currently used as a guide to prioritize sidewalk gap implementation and 2022 Bond project identification.

Health: Healthy foods With the approval of the Farmer's Market Ordinance by City Council, the city approved residential food carts that can sell packaged fresh fruit cups in Fort Worth neighborhoods. This was accomplished through a standing partnership with Blue Zones, a local food cart operator (Gabriel Velazquez) and the Code Compliance Department. To ensure access to healthy foods in neighborhoods designated healthy food deserts, the amendment reduces and or eliminates permit fees, updates and eases requirements for new pop-up farmers markets in the city.

Health: Access to providers The city identified funds to establish the Near Southside Medical District ZIPZONE. The Trinity Metro ZIPZONE program is the agency's "first mile/last mile" solution for users of public transportation. Riders can travel their "first mile" and their "last mile" from the nearest bus stop via on-demand rideshare service. The city paid its first installment invoice to Trinity Metro of the total cost of $250,000 for Near Southside.

Housing: Affordable housing incentives policy The city's Five-Year Consolidated Plan marks the city as achieving 43% of its goal to promote affordable housing for renters and owners through four funding streams — Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grants and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

While some policy, procedure and plan development tasks for affordable housing goals are currently on hold due to extensive staff time dedicated to COVID-19 pandemic-related issues, the city responded with the creation of emergency rental assistance program through new CARES Act funding.

Housing: Homebuyer assistance The city's Homebuyer Assistance Program provides up to $20,000 in mortgage assistance for income-eligible, first-time homebuyers within Fort Worth city limits. To date, the program reported 80% minority participation. Currently, the policy, procedure and plan development tasks for housing goals are currently on hold due to extensive staff time dedicated to COVID-19 pandemic-related issues.

Housing: Resident awareness of housing resources The city has completed a brochure summarizing information on all city housing programs. This information will also be used on the new city website. The workshops and public meetings originally scheduled for 2020 have been postponed because of COVID-19. Staff is continuing to work on the new presentation and will roll it out when public meetings resume.

Transportation: Equity policy and five-year action plan The Transportation and Public Works (TPW) Department will be the pilot department for the process establishing the City Equity Plan for Municipal Service Delivery. The city is finalizing a consultant contract in June 2020, to partner with Diversity and Inclusion, and Planning and Data Analytics, to create the framework that will include the City Transportation Equity Policy and Five-Year-Plan with public input.

Transportation: Funding criteria The city has actively incorporated equity as a criteria for project evaluation in the preparation of the transportation projects considered in the 2022 Bond Program.

Transportation: After-action reviews of pedestrian and bicycle crashes

TPW collected and monitored bicycle and pedestrian crash data, observing a reduction in crashes and fatalities for both bicyclists and pedestrians between 2018 and 2019. TPW prepared a biannual report documenting trends and comparisons among peer cities.

To learn more about progress on all 22 improvement efforts, contact Chief Equity Officer and Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Department Christina Brooks by email or at 817-392-8988.


Newly-established Office of the Police Oversight Monitor stands ready to assist residents

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Kim Neal

Whether residents have concerns regarding alleged misconduct by Fort Worth Police Department personnel or want to share accolades about officers, the city's Office of the Police Oversight Monitor is open and ready to hear from them.

Earlier this year, Kim Neal was named the City of Fort Worth's police monitor and is responsible for leading the effort to finalize the model to be used for independent review of the Fort Worth Police Department. The office's establishment stemmed from a recommendation made by Fort Worth's Task Force on Race and Culture.

Key components of the Office of the Police Oversight Monitor will include:

Some key activities that the office has performed in its three months of existence include:

Contact the office by email or call 817-392-6535.




Task force updates child care guidance

The Tarrant County Child Care Task Force has updated its Guidance to Child Care Providers during COVID-19 document to reflect updates made by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services - Child Care Licensing and emerging best practices nationally and in the state.

Some highlights:

View the updated guidelines in English.PDF and
Spanish.PDF


Fort Worth awarded $35 million Choice Neighborhood Grant!

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) and the City of Fort Worth with a coveted $35 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant to fund transformational revitalization projects in the Stop Six Neighborhood.

The $35 million federal investment is anticipated to generate nearly $345 million in development and improvements in the Stop Six Neighborhood. For eight years, Stop Six residents, FWHS and the city have worked together to methodically plan the large-scale revitalization of the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood. The resulting Transformation Plan captures a shared vision for the area: to create a vibrant, sustainable community with the attributes – education, health care, safety, services and amenities – of a "neighborhood of choice."

"I'm thrilled to receive this wonderful news, because Stop Six is such a special neighborhood, located right in the heart of our city, with a distinctive and vibrant history worth preserving," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "Over the years, we've had hundreds of residents and stakeholders share their dreams for Stop Six, and with this grant from HUD, our coalition of partners can start the work to begin to realize those dreams. This proves, once again, that when Fort Worth works together, we will accomplish great things."

"Winning the Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant is a game-changer that will transform the face of Stop Six and the entire Southeast Fort Worth area," said Councilwoman Gyna Bivens. "This grant allows Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the City of Fort Worth to jointly focus beyond simply replacing housing units after Cavile is demolished, to also focus on those things that provide a sense of neighborhood, such as schools, community policing, faith institutions and commercial development like a grocery store."

"Today's award would not have been possible without the hard work and contributions of the residents, the community and our more than 40 public and private sector partners," added Mary-Margaret Lemons, FWHS President. "These funds will further our collective vision to transform Stop Six into a mixed-income, mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood that will provide quality affordable housing for all income levels."

The Stop Six Transformation Plan features: the replacement of 300 existing public housing units at Cavile Place with 990 mixed-income rental units in six phases of housing development; the construction of a Neighborhood Hub with co-located recreational, educational, health and safety services; and the provision of case management and educational, health and economic mobility supportive services for Cavile residents.

The Stop Six Transformation Initiative includes an experienced and committed team that consists of FWHS and co-applicant, the City of Fort Worth, along with McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS), Urban Strategies and the Fort Worth ISD. CVR Associates provided Choice Neighborhood consulting services, and community partners for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant application included: AB Christian Learning Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County, Brighter Outlook, Camp Fire First Texas, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, the Center for Transforming Lives, Childcare Associates, Chua Huong Dao, Clayton Youth Services, Cook Children's Healthcare System, Early Learning Alliance, EnVision Center, Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Fort Worth ISD, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Healthy Tarrant County Collaborative, IDEA Public Schools, John Peter Smith Clinic, MBS Urban Initiatives CDE, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, The Morris Foundation, My Health My Resources of Tarrant County, One Safe Place, Pathfinders, Paul Quinn College, Read Fort Worth, Reading Partners, Tarrant County College, Texas Wesleyan College, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., United Way of Tarrant County, University of North Texas - Center for Health Sciences, Urban Theory, Urban Village Family Services, Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is a landmark program that promotes a comprehensive approach to support locally driven strategies for neighborhood revitalization. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools.

Only three other communities received a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation award this year, including Los Angeles ($35 million), Winston-Salem, N.C. ($30 million) and Philadelphia ($30 million).


Neighborhood News

Sounded like a War Zone!

fireworks trash

This trash is just a small amount of what was left behind from all the illegal fireworks being discharged at Oakland Park on July 4th, 2020.

fireworks trash

I guess peoples right to illegally possess and set off fireworks and TRASH our parks and totally disrupt our serenity and place our homes and our overall wellbeing in danger is far more important than our right to be SAFE inside our own homes. This is no longer something we have to endure one night during the July 4th holiday, it started 2 weeks before and is still going on. Something has to be done because I have never felt more in danger inside my own home as I did this year.

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Something MUST be done!!! Each year all we hear from the powers is that the possession of and the release of fireworks in the Fort Worth city limits is illegal and provide us with different means to report but not to us 911. It is a 911 situation when our fears reach the level they have this year. Reporting is a joke and seems to be a total waste of time. Most callers are told there is nothing they can do but will put a call out.

fireworks trash

Some callers even said they had call takers laugh when calling to report. Others said they didn't know an exact house number when calling in but would give a block number and street name and was told that they couldn't take a report without having an exact address. It is obvious that what is in place to keep us safe from the illegal fireworks is not working.

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Fireworks are illegal in the City of Fort Worth. By ordinance the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited.

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What can we start doing as citizens, from this day forward, to bring about our right to be safe within our own homes when so much illegal activity is taking place around us?

We don't know if we're going to get hit by stray bullets, whether we are going to lose our homes due to fire when rockets are landing on our rooftops, if we are going to be struck by a stray firework. There is too much at risk to continue to allow these illegal behavior to continue because they are escalating, this year has been the worst.

fireworks trash

It might be helpful if someone, Mayor Price, City Manager, City Attorneys, state representatives to share with us what is being done at local or state levels to address this problem.

Reducing the power and number of rounds of fireworks that are getting into the possession of civilians might be a good start. Some of what we hear are more like explosives not fireworks. Some of the items sold shoot off multiple rounds, Midnight Menace 52 rounds, Loud, Louder, Loudest 9 Shooter, Burning for you, Excaliburs, Shock Wave 16 Shot etc. They are endless.

fireworks trash

When police come in contact with someone in possession of fireworks confiscating every one of them must be done as well, not just tell them they aren't legal to set off.

What is just as maddening is how all our hard work and volunteer hours cleaning trash and debris from the whole park just one week prior was ALL for nothing!!!

Thanks, Mike Phipps


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This is the bag of trash Kat cleaned up from the Kwik Kopy parking lot. Many of the firecrackers were NOT exploded, fortunately, they were sopping wet on Monday morning. The bigger fireworks blew holes in our parking lot asphalt!

Little boys can be dumb, and they want to set off the unexploded fireworks they find. Usually, when that happens, fingers get burnt off, or worse.

I would support a total ban on public firework sales.


Tips to keep the heat from beating you down

Posted July 1, 2020

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In June, MedStar crews treated at least 88 patients with heat-related conditions. Of that number, 57 patients were serious enough to require transport to area hospitals and six patients were deemed critical.

As Fort Worth enters the hottest period so far this year, with heat indexes predicted to exceed 105 degrees, it's a good time to remember that prolonged or intense exposure to high temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses large amounts of water and salt through excessive sweating, particularly through hard physical labor or exercise. This loss of essential fluids can disturb circulation and interfere with brain function. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include muscle cramps, paleness, sweating, nausea and vomiting. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening problem that occurs when the body suffers from long, intense exposure to heat and loses its ability to cool itself. Some of the most common signs of heatstroke include confusion, vomiting, alteration in sweating, hot and flushed skin, rapid heart rate, decreased sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, increased body temperature (104-106 degrees Fahrenheit) or, potentially, convulsions. Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know starts experiencing any of the symptoms above, immediately call 911. While heatstroke and heat exhaustion are common this time of year, they can be easily prevented:


Eastside neighbors, businesses donate more than $3,300 in gift cards to first responders

West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association City Affairs chair Mike Phipps presented the first in a series of gift cards from Eastside residents, neighborhood associations, and businesses to Eastside Division Police and Handley and John T White station firefighters.

Phipps spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $3000 for gift cards from area restaurants and a coffee shop to support first responders.

This started as a simple idea: provide a catered lunch from a local business to 30 Fort Worth Police and Code Compliance officers. But the idea expanded to be much more due to COVID-19.

"We wanted our Eastside-area first responders to know that we truly appreciate all they do for us and at the same time support our area's small businesses. Many of them are struggling, and it only seemed fitting to help in more ways than one during this tough time," said project organizer and West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association board member Mike Phipps.

Several Eastside neighborhood associations – West Meadowbrook, Central Meadowbrook, Eastern Hills, Handley and Woodhaven – partnered to purchase 154 restaurant gift cards in $10 to $20 increments as appreciation gifts for first responders and frontline workers. In all, they collected $3,345.

Donations came from the neighborhood associations and local businesses – Medford Remodeling, Pet's Best Friend, Mindset Fitness & Yoga, Darwin & Associates, Lone Star Motors and Gallant Marble & Granite. Funds were also collected from 36 generous Eastside residents.

To continue to support the Eastside community, the associations decided to purchase gift cards from local small businesses. Cards came from a variety of Eastside mom-and-pop restaurants so the recipients could stay in the area and enjoy a meal provided by community members.

In all, 75 firefighters from four stations, 52 police officers from the East Division, 12 Code Compliance officers and 15 MedStar paramedics were given a gift card.

Residents in the Eastside have not only been able to provide a tasty meal to the city's first responders, they also found a way to support local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Station 7 John T White - 12 gift cards

East Division police - 52 gift cards

Station 24 Handley - 27 gift cards


Did you know that after the 2020 census, Fort Worth will need to redraw the city council maps to create 10 council districts, up from the current 8 districts. Who should redraw these maps? Citizens or the current City Council? Citizens for Independent Redistricting is advocating for citizens drawn maps to keep our neighborhood representation cohesive.

FORT WORTH CITY COUNCIL REDISTRICTING NEWS

Contact: Fernando Florez, 817.239.0578 rfflorez@juno.com
CitizensMapFW.org

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Friends,

Fort Worth is at a crossroads. As we mentioned in our recent email (which you may access below), the city's population has increased from 393,476 in the 1980 Census to an estimated 895,008 in 2018 and it's now majority-minority. Although it's hardly mentioned today, Fort Worth is not the same city it used to be. The city council today does not accurately represent the population. The main reason for that can be attributed to the way and by whom city council districts are drawn.

Many people feel that the lack of fair representation on the city council is the root cause of much of the unrest we've seen in the city recently and for turmoil at the city council itself. (We've said it before: The current mayor and the city council members are not to be blamed for the city not having a fair system of drawing city council district maps. They inherited the system we now have.)

We are at a crossroads because the city now has a great opportunity to change the method of drawing city council districts, which will result in less gerrymandering and possibly more diversity and better representation for all segments of the population on the city council. Change is never easy, but the city must seize this opportunity. We recognize that and that's the reason we are advocating for citizen independent redistricting. Citizen independent redistricting was also one of the recommendations made by the Race and Culture Task Force.

We are all volunteers in this group trying to do what's best for our city. We've had good response to our recent email; we've had some outstanding letters to the mayor, the city manager and council members and appreciate that very much. But we need more of them. We need more people to summon their energy and courage (Yes, courage, because it's hard to be a risk-taker, speak truth to power and possibly suffer some consequences).

Learn more about redistricting at CitizensMapFW.org

Many, many thanks.

Byrwec Ellison
Fernando Florez
Bruce Miller



Complete your 2020 census

For the first time, residents will be able to respond to the census online, by phone or by mail.

Every decade, technology plays a greater role in the way the census is conducted. But in 2020, the first time anyone who wants to respond to the census online has that option, the greatest change may come from the way all of us use technology.

For the first time during a decennial census, the majority of people in the United States are using digital and social media in their everyday lives.

"The rise of digital and social media use has exponentially increased the speed of how accurate and inaccurate information can spread," said Stephen Buckner, assistant director for communications at the U.S. Census Bureau. "We know that many people may not know what the census is because it happens only every 10 years, making it a likely target for misinformation and disinformation campaigns, which is why we've been actively preparing to defend against them."

The 2020 Census will have implications for years to come. It is everyone's responsibility to make sure there is an accurate count.



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Fort Worth's population put at 909,585, ranking 13th nationwide

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Fort Worth has seen 22% growth since 2010.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released population estimates as of July 1, 2019. According to these estimates, Fort Worth's population is 909,585 and the city is ranked 13th nationwide, with 11,032 more people than 14th-ranked Columbus, Ohio, and 1,922 fewer than 12th-ranked Jacksonville, Fla.

Fort Worth's population has surpassed three cities since 2017, first moving up from 16th in 2017, then to 15th in 2018 and 13th in 2019.

Fort Worth added 164,761 residents since the 2010 Census base estimate, equating to 22% growth since 2010.

Seattle has been the fastest growing large city (more than 500,000 population) since 2010, with 24% growth between 2010 and 2019, while Fort Worth and Austin are tied for second-fastest-growing large city.

Fort Worth is estimated to have added 16,369 people between July of 2018 and July of 2019, equating to 45 people per day.

The draft estimate of Fort Worth's population by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is 873,130 as of Jan. 1, 2020. NCTCOG and the U.S. Census Bureau use different data sources, methodologies and timeframes for producing annual estimates, and both revise past annual estimates when producing new estimates.