Fuel Your School



Chevron’s Fuel Your School program is helping
Midland and Ector County Teachers!

Did you know that Chevron has committed to donate $1 for each 8 gallon or more fuel purchased atparticipating Chevron-branded and Texaco-branded stations in the cities located in Midland and Ector counties to DonorsChoose.org, up to a total amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000)?

Many local teachers have already received hundreds of dollars in educational resources for your kids!

There are 3 ways your family can help!
1. Fill up with gas at a Chevron or Texaco gas station.  Yep, it’s that easy!
2. Visit DonorsChoose.org and donate to a local classroom’s project
Midland County Classrooms (151 Projects)
Ector County Classrooms (98 Projects)
3. Encourage your child’s teacher to submit a project.  He or she can get started here!

Learn more about Chevron’s Fuel Your School program 
and DonorChoose.org.

 

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Hurricane Harvey – Help the Kids in South Texas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friends in South Texas need our help now more than ever.

We know our community of moms and families want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

A local mom, Emily Embrey, reached out to us with a request – and we said YES!

Now we need your help!

Permian Kids is joining forces as a proud community partner of BJ Services, Rockhounds, and Crisis Response International to advertise, collect, and donate supplies for families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

All community partners are asking you to do a few things:
1. SHARE the word that we are collecting supplies
2. Shop, collect, gather needed supplies on the list
3. Bring supplies to the Rockhounds stadium during the times listed (Today thru Friday!)

Donation trucks will be near the Rockhounds Ticket Office.  We’re asking for your help NOW.  We need donations this week.  Collection days are today thru Friday.  We’re hoping to have the trucks loaded up and heading to families on Saturday.

 

Right now donations of diapers, formula, and babyfood are desperately needed. We recommend no glass jars if possible as they are more likely to break and heavier to transport. All donations are appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Share with your friends and groups on social media.
www.facebook.com/permiankids
Questions, please contact Emily Embrey at 662 – 544 – 2653.

Also – If you can’t make it to the Rockhounds stadium, Terry’s Kids Shoes is accepting donations at their store located at: 3001 W Loop 250 N.  in Midland.

Please thank local community partners for their support
BJ Services: https://www.bjservices.com
Rockhounds Baseball: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t237
Crisis Response International: https://criout.com
Permian Kids: www.permiankids.com

Giveaway – Orange Leaf

It’s time for another Permian Kids summer GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win a $20 gift card to Orange Leaf on our Facebook page

Comment your favorite flavor (or topping!) and tag a friend who you’d invite!

 

 

Winner will be announced on Saturday evening, contacted via FB Private Message, and gift card will be mailed to the winner next week!

 

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Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities in the Permian Basin for Kids and Teens

Permian Kids has received several inquiries over the last few weeks from parents of teenagers searching for quality summer camps, programming, classes, etc.  We recognize there is a big opportunity locally for groups to provide quality camps/programs for teens!

We’ve listed a few camps for teens at the bottom, but we’ve also researched and found places for teens to VOLUNTEER locally.  If they have transportation, a giving heart, and helping hands, this could be a great time to teach your child about serving others and helping those in need.  By giving back to their community, teens can learn lessons in hard work and and skills that may transfer to an academic or work environment.

We welcome (and ask nicely, please and thank you!) more ideas and will do our best to keep this updated as we hear of additional programs for teens (age 13-18).

 First – Start Here

There are many volunteer opportunities in the area.  Please check out Midland Volunteers Connection to find a way to help our community in a way that’s meaningful to you – and others!

Second – Sample of volunteer opportunities

Sibley Nature Center

Sibley Nature Center is looking for High School or College Students to volunteer with our Youth Day Camps in July and August.

West Texas Food Bank

The West Texas Food Bank needs your help to fight hunger! Volunteerism is the heartbeat of the West Texas Food Bank.

Volunteers must be 15 years or older to volunteer at the Food Bank without a parent or guardian. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio. They require a two-hour volunteering minimum.

Petroleum Museum

Every Tuesday during the month of June, we will be hosting Movie Camp. Each Movie Camp will feature an animated movie, popcorn, and fun activities.  Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the activities throughout the day.  We will have one session from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and another from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm.  Volunteers may volunteer for one or both sessions.

Museum of the Southwest

Assist families and children with craft, art and science activities!  Great opportunity for family volunteers or Legacy/Texas Scholar students.

Midland Fairhavens

Compassionate childcare assistants support the staff with the Junior life skills sessions on Monday evenings.  An age-driven curriculum is used to help our youngest clients to learn to succeed in school & life!  A kind heart and a dedicated spirit is required – training is provided.

BEWARE!  You will receive an abundance of smiles and hugs from these precious kids!  Age 13+

Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center

We are looking for volunteers to help side walk alongside the horses while therapists conduct their sessions. Hippotherapy, or therapy on horseback, is a physical, occupational or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement.  Hippotherapy literally means  “treatment with the help of the horse.”

Midland Habitat for Humanity

Whether you have never felt the heft of a hammer or you are a master carpenter, Midland Habitat could use your skills building decent affordable homes in Midland.  The Habitat construction crew builds 6 days a week and could always use a couple more hands.

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers to package meals, ten volunteers are needed to package meals for homebound elderly and disabled individuals.  We are looking for permanent people to cover shifts Monday-Friday 8:30-10:45

Mission Agape

Be a Mission Agape Superhero!  Join in helping children and families in need.  They have multiple opportunities to serve in many programs.

Jubilee Center of Midland

We welcome volunteers from many different organizations around Midland including the Midland/Odessa nursing program and Junior League. We are an approved volunteer agency for the Legacy program at Midland College. If you are interested in working with us, we need volunteers every second and fourth Saturday of the month during our food pantries from 9:15-12pm. We could also use help unloading the truck on Friday mornings from 8:30-10:30 before pantry days. During the week, we can always use help gardening, stocking shelves, cleaning and organizing. Contact our director Greg Clark for more information.
**Note – they also have a PAID internship opportunity for high school graduates who can commit to 80 hours.

M.A.R.Y Ministries  (Adult Volunteers)

M.A.R.Y. Ministries is a non-denominational, non-judgmental environment for teen mothers ages 13 through 19. The group’s name stands for “Mothering As Responsible Youth,” and is a play off the name of the Biblical teen mother who gave birth to the son of God. For more information about the program, or to volunteer, please call or text the program assistant Robin Hobbs at 312-7450 or email ministries_mary@yahoo.com.

Midland Reporter-Telegram article 
*We realize this is for adults to volunteer only, but felt it a gift to our local teens themselves and that someone may find a calling to support local teens who need additional support and mentorship.

Third – Camps

Click each link to go directly to their offerings for teens.

Bush Tennis Center

Summer Tennis Programs – Including for Teens

COM Aquatics

Jr. High Swim Camp

Midland Christian School

Pan Camp (music) for grades 5-12

Odessa College

College for Kids – Grades 6-9
(Page 6 of this PDF) Science, Visual Arts, Culinary, Engineering/FAB Lab

Odessa College

Volleyball Camp – Grades 6-7

The Pottery Art Camp

Pottery, art, fun for age 10-15

Midland Community Theater

Summer DAZE Theater fun – Thru Grade 9

Please THANK each of these groups for offering opportunities for our kids locally to participate in quality programs.  The more demand there is from parents requesting quality programming, the more likely there will be for increased camps, classes, etc.

 

 

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Permian Kids Calendar “App”

Do you want a quick and easy way to access our huge kids events calendar from your ipad or iphone?

“Download” the events calendar shortcut to your phone and you’ll have instant access to weekly events for your family.

Step 1 – Navigate to our events calendar .

Step 2 – Click the “upload/download” button at the bottom.

Step 3 – Click the “Add to Home Screen” button at the bottom (you may need to scroll to the right).

Step 4 – Type “Permian Kids” in the title.

Step 5 – Enjoy feeling awesome because you have the Permian Kids events calendar available anytime with one tap! Woot! Woot!

 

 

 

 

 

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Give-a-Way – Rockhounds Family 5 pack ($45 value)

It’s time for a fun summer give-a-way family 5 pack!

We have 5 tickets to give away as a “Family 5 Pack” courtesy of the Midland Rockhounds. Winner will be announced on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 5PM local time.

See our Facebook page to enter the give-a-way.
To enter the contest, Comment who you’d bring with you to the game!
Also, “Like” and “Share” our page to learn about more amazing giveaways coming up for your family in the next few weeks! We are giving away $$hundredes$$ of dollars worth of local goodies for your kids and family!

Are you familiar with the FREE Knothole Gang Kids Club? Kids can attend all Sunday games for FREE!  See additional perks here!

See Rockhounds schedule here.

Tickets are good for any 2017 Sunday-Wednesday regularly schedule game, excluding July 3rd and 4th.  Not valid for playoff games or concerts.  Redeem at least two days before the desired game to assure the best possible seats.  Tickets aren’t redeemable for cash.  Tickets may be upgraded for additional cost to the winner/ticket holder.

Winner is required to pick up tickets at the Will Call Ticket Window at the stadium.

Failure to respond/claim your tickets within 3 days of winning (by 11:59pm on day 3 after announcement) will result in forfeiture and another winner will be selected.  Identification will be required at Will Call window. Must be age 18 or older to enter. Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

HUGE Summer Events Calendar

Permian Kids Events Calendar – Something for Everyone!

Check out our HUGE updated events calendar for this summer.

There is something for everyone.  Come find your fun – art classes for kids, steel drum camp, sports,  lego, zombies, dance, learn how to cook, swimming, tennis, science, robotics camps, vbs and more!

Many days there are 10-15 activities to choose from, camps to register for, classes to take, or activities to participate in! We’re updating this calendar daily as we hear of new activities around the Permian Basin.

Use our new search and filter feature to find just what you’re looking for.

Thank you to the many volunteer moms who have sent us stuff to include in the calendar.  We love hearing from our readers and hope you keep sending us ideas to share.  If you like it, chances are thousands of other moms and kids will too!

Let’s keep the Permian Basin a great place for Permian Kids and keep our community strong.

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Entertainment & Recreation

Chris Davidson Opportunity Park

This park will be breaking ground and moving from its current location on North “A” Street and Ventura Avenue to Briarwood Avenue, adjacent to the Bush Tennis Center.  This land has been generously donated and will include significant improvements and updates that will offer a variety of developmentally appropriate activities designed to promote the physical and social inclusion of all children, regardless of abilities.

To read more about the park, check out the Midland-Reporter Telegram article here  and video here

Cinergy Cinemas in Midland, TX

Movies are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, which is exactly why Cinergy has introduced sensory friendly screenings. One Saturday a month at 9:30am, Cinergy will present a family friendly film in an auditorium dedicated to guests affected by autism and sensory processing disorders. These showings will feature brightened light levels, reduced sound volume, and room for guest interaction and movement.

The current sensory-friendly screening schedule can be found here:

We reached out to the local contact and found out Midland, Odessa, and Copperas Cove all feature this schedule!

 

MISD – Special Needs Services

Midland Independent School District (MISD)

MISD provides special needs services through the Special Needs Services Department of MISD. Midland ISD provides a comprehensive educational program for students with disabilities from birth through age twenty-one. A free, appropriate public education is offered through the provision of special programs and related services designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

In special educational, as many parent advocates already know, understanding and following timelines and deadlines are critically important to making sure your child has his or her needs met.  Many request for services, expected response letters, request for IEP meetings, and applications for appeals must adhere to specific number of day deadlines.

If you plan to request special need services from MISD it’s important to read and familiarize yourself with their operation guidelines.

Operating Guidelines for Special Education Services

MISD provides the opportunity for some special needs services for preschool students in a general education preschool classroom at a few local schools in Midland.  Please call their office to inquire about criteria for special education preschool requirements.

MISD also provides transition services from high school and believes that parents are an important member of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee and have a particularly important role in helping students during the transition process from high school into the world of adult activities.  The better you understand the transition process, the better able you will be able to help your student design a high school program that will facilitate the attainment of identified postsecondary goals.

Transition services must begin by the first IEP in effect when a student turns 16 years old. Transition planning should begin before the student is 16 years old (age 14 in Texas). All students with disabilities should receive transition planning as part of their IEP meetings. The student and his or her IEP team create a vision for the future, and then each year specific goals and services are identified to work toward that vision.

Transition Planning in Texas: Fast Facts for Parents (English)

Transition Planning in Texas: Fast Facts for Parents (Spanish)

Midland ISD provides a long list of resources for parents here.

Many on the list are local or Texas organizations that may be helpful when researching and looking for information and services for your child.

For more information about MISD Special Services, call them at (432) 240-1401.