Hello neighbors! It’s me, Rose Mendez, your host of the Daily. Come along to find out the most important things happening around town.
First, today’s weather:
Mostly sunny and hot. High: 100 Low: 74.
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Here are the top three stories today in and around Cedar Park-Leander:
- On Saturday, the City of Leander held its first-ever Juneteenth Jubilee celebration at City Hall. From 4:00 to 8:00 pm, community members gathered to hear the Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth history reading and enjoy carnival attractions, food trucks, a scavenger hunt, and more. The event was held in conjunction with the Sunset Music Series and featured a performance by Dysfunkshun Junkshun Band. The Leander Police Department shared some photos of the event on Facebook. (City of Leander)
- The ongoing teacher shortage continues to impact local schools and the students they serve. Leander ISD is among the five out of six Central Texas school districts to see an increase in retiring or resigning educators since the start of the pandemic, which ultimately impacts the quality of education students receive and the job satisfaction of remaining staff members. Advocacy groups like the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) are pushing for salary increases to keep teachers in their jobs for longer: According to the National Education Association, Texas teachers earn about $58,887 per year on average, compared to the national salary average of $66,397 . (KVUE.com)
- After a two-year COVID hiatus, Cedar Park-based Education and Careers for America is hosting its ninth annual “Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt” fundraiser in Austin on Jun. 26. This unique event offers a delicious dinner and entertaining cultural performances to help provide homeless children and low-income households with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year. It will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center on the Dell Jewish Community Campus (7300 Hart Lane, Austin) and admission costs $50 per adult and $10 per child aged 6 to 18 (kids under 6 are free). Tickets can be purchased here, and community members interested in sponsorships can email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Education and Careers for America via Facebook)
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Today in Cedar Park Leander:
- Summer Camp: Need For Speed At Guidepost Montessori (7:00 AM)
- Good Earth Farm School At 10820 E Crystal Falls Pkwy (7:15 AM)
From my notebook:
- The Cedar Park Police Department congratulated its own Officer Moldenhourwho earned 2nd place in the 2022 Texas Police Games fishing tournament this weekend! (Cedar Park Police Department via Facebook)
- Mark your calendars: Vintage Market Days is coming to the HEB Center this weekend from Jun. 24 to 26! Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind vintage, boutique finds, amazing home décor, furniture, and more. (Visit Cedar Park Texas via Instagram)
- Did you know that you can find a business or a job, create mailing lists, and more with Cedat Park Public Library’s AtoZ Databases? Access it from anywhere with your library card. Visit cedarparktexas.gov/databases to learn more. (Cedar Park Public Library via Facebook)
Thanks for following along and staying informed! I’ll be back in your inbox tomorrow morning with a new update.
— Rose Mendez
About me: Rose Mendez is a freelance writer. She is studying English Literature at Hunter College. She loves reading, walking around the city, and coffee!