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Special education students from Jacksonville elementary schools visited Wal-Mart Wednesday morning to do Christmas shopping.
Teachers carted small groups of children from aisle to aisle, buying up clothes, toys and whatever else caught the students’ fancies.

Dr. Leslie Brinkman George, director of special education for the Jacksonville Independent School District, said it was the school’s annual shopping trip for its physically and cognitively impaired students.

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) – Only nine shopping days until Christmas, but dozens of East Texas students are covered.

Tuesday, special needs students from St. Louis School in Tyler checked off their lists for their families and themselves. KLTV 7 photojournalist Philip Stauts went along as their carts filled up with a lot more than just presents.
Click on the video below to see how the trip went.

This is the ninth year St. Louis School has been with the Mostyn-Moreno Foundation. There is one more shopping spree set for Wednesday in Jacksonville.

By Philip Stauts | Posted: December 15, 2009

http://www.kltv.com:80/Global/story.asp?S=11683333

(Houston, TX) A grant received by Mostyn Moreno Foundation means students with special needs in Jefferson County area public schools will learn needed life skills.

Entergy Texas has awarded a $1,500 grant to the Glenda Jean Mostyn & Joe E Moreno Educational Foundation. The funds will be used by the foundation for its annual “Christmas Lights” program benefiting public school students with special needs in Jefferson County school districts.

“We are grateful to Entergy Texas for their support of our program. For years, the Foundation has focused on empowering children with special needs with the opportunities they deserve,” said Monte Osburn, executive director, Mostyn Moreno Foundation. “With recent cuts in public education funding, programs that serve this special segment of students are urgently needed.”

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The Mostyn Moreno Foundation is hosting a screening of the DreamWorks movie, “How To Train Your Dragon” at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

HOUSTON — The Glenda Jean Mostyn and Joe E. Moreno Educational Foundation (Mostyn Moreno Foundation) and ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival 2014 are co-hosting a free screening of Dream Works’ “How to Train Your Dragon” on Sunday, February 9th at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Admission to the 1:00 p.m. showing is free but attendees are requested to make a reservation. Along with the movie, registered guests will also have free admission to the Children’s Museum after the screening. Special appearances will be made by Smash the Horse of the Houston Mounted Patrol. Vouchers for free cookies and milk from the museum café will also be distributed to registered guests. Each guest will also receive a rubber bracelet with bearing the phrase, “Level the Playing Field”.

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With Christmas just twenty days away, the shopping is underway, and while most of us are shopping for gifts for others, today some kids from the St. Louis School in Tyler got to go shopping for themselves. KLTV 7′s Danielle Capper went along as they filled their carts, had fun, and learned something along the way. With a wish list and a shopping cart, the 95 students from the St. Louis School were off. With their teacher’s help, many picked out just what they wanted for Christmas.

Austin Bradley showed us his treasures. “A CD, and some pajamas.”

With toys, clothes, blankets – each got to spend fifty dollars on whatever they wanted.

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Houston, TX – The Mostyn Moreno Foundation announced today the selection of Port Arthur’s Monte Osburn as the organization’s new Executive Director Mr. Osburn will assist the foundation’s creators, Houston attorneys Steve and Amber Mostyn, in their mission to improve the lives of needy children across East Texas and greater Gulf Coast region.

Osburn brings extensive knowledge of issues related to children, education, the disabled community, and non-profit leadership to the Mostyn Moreno Foundation. For over 21 years, Mr. Osburn has worked as a licensed child care administrator providing services to hundreds of abused, neglected, and disabled children from across the state. He was most recently the Executive Director of Hughen Center in Port Arthur, Texas.

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By Kathleen Stanfill Freelance writer | Jacksonville Daily Progress The Jacksonville Daily Progress

Tue Dec 07, 2010, 07:33 PM CST

The Glenda Jean Mostyn & Joe E. Moreno Foundation Annual Christmas Lights Program brought an early Christmas to students enrolled in JISD’s program for special needs children.

An annual gift from the Foundation, the students are treated to a $50 shopping spree and traditional lunch with family, staff and teachers invited to attend. Last Thursday, school buses lined Austin and Commerce Streets as children were shuttled, along with aides and teachers, from their Wal-Mart shopping experience to the Norman Activity Center luncheon and a special visit from Santa.

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EMPOWERING TEXAS SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN BY CREATING A LEGACY OF POSSIBILITIES