School briefs: March 9, 2016

Apply for local scholarships

The Hays CISD local scholarship application is available in the Google Classroom. Have your student sign in to Google Classroom using their school Google account, click the plus sign, and join the class using the code hplleu4.

Once they’ve joined the class they need to complete the required application, upload their ACT/SAT scores, and submit their essay. Uploading a résumé is an option as well.

Application submissions are due March 31, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.


HCISD launches volunteer reward program

In February, the Hays CISD launched a new rewards card program called the VIPs Card, which stands for Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPs). Volunteers will be able to use the cards to enjoy perks and discounts from businesses in the community who are partnering with the district to reward and recruit volunteers.

The Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPs) Reward Program provides volunteers with at least 10 hours of logged volunteer time with a special card that identifies them as an eligible volunteer. The volunteers can present the cards along with photo identification to enjoy their special benefits at participating locations.

“Hays CISD has dedicated volunteers who make incredible contributions of time and talent to help our students,” said Superintendent Michael McKie. “It is no secret our student population is rapidly growing, and so is our need for more volunteers. This program helps us to reward our current volunteers while providing an extra incentive to those interested in becoming a volunteer.”

A list of participating businesses can be found at Businesses interested in participating in the program can complete an online form at the same web address.

“Our district enjoys tremendous support from the community. Businesses quickly embraced the opportunity to make a difference for students,” said Angie Mendez, director of community relations for the district.

To become a Hays CISD volunteer, apply at

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