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Art teacher awarded leadership recognition

Callisburg Elementary art instructor Katherine Byrd is the recipient of Artsonia’s 2019 Art Education Leadership Award, the online student art gallery announced recently.

The award honors pioneers in the art education community who continuously inspire their peers and engage students, according to a press release from Artsonia.

Byrd’s peers and Artsonia selected her among thousands of instructors as one of 15 national winners. Byrd said she has had a passion for art since she was in middle school.

“I could never get enough of it! I found that the greatest attraction came when I shared this passion with others through teaching,” she said in the release. “There is just something about learning a new skill, or perfecting an old one and using it to express yourself that has always been an inspiration for me.”

Byrd has been teaching art for six years. She is one of thousands of art teachers from over 100 countries around the world who use Artsonia to showcase their student art, crowdsource lesson plans and help raise funds for their classrooms.

Diabetes group to learn about snacks

Daneydy Hernandez, a clinical dietitian with North Texas Medical Center, will discuss high-protein snacks suitable for diabetic patients at the next meeting of the diabetes support group at North Texas Medical Center, 1900 Hospital Blvd. in Gainesville.

The meeting will take place 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the NTMC classrooms. It will be the final meeting until the group resumes in September.

Samples of high-protein snacks will be available.

People with diabetes, their family members and others interested in learning more about using such snacks in their diet are welcome to the free program.

For more information, call 940-768-8120.

TCOG offers grant-writing workshop

The Texoma Council of Governments will host a workshop late this month designed to help organizations write successful grant proposals.

“Grant Writing 101” will take place 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Eisenhower Room of TCOG’s offices at 1117 Gallagher Drive in Sherman. The workshop is free but RSVPs are required.

Janis (Gray) Thompson and Betty Roether will present the workshop. Thompson has been writing competitive grants for multiple funding levels for more than 30 years. She’s currently a grant writer and development specialist at Grayson College and was formerly director of the Area Agency on Aging of Texoma.

Roether has been a community grant writer for 17 years, assisting several Texoma organizations. Currently she’s seeking funding for a new Pottsboro library/community center building as well as maintenance and continuation of the library’s community garden.

RSVPs are requested by May 24 online at tcog.com/event/grant-writing-workshop-2/ or by calling Catherine Krantz at 903-813-3565.

Ag field day set

The Cooke County AgriLife Extension, the Cooke County Farm Service Agency and Stark Ranch will host a field day Wednesday, May 22, focusing on soil health and cover crops.

The program will include discussion of cover crops on pasture and cropland as well as plant varieties, planting techniques and management strategies.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will wrap up at 3 p.m.

Cost is $20 at the door and includes lunch. RSVPs are requested by May 15 to Kevin Derzapf at 940-668-7794, ext. 6142.

Stark Ranch is at 4811 County Road 135, Gainesville.

League of Women Voters to meet

The League of Women Voters of Cooke County will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the home of Tamara Taylor in Era. For driving directions, contact Alice Gruber at alice@alicegruber.com or 940-229-4664.

The agenda for the May meeting will be to brainstorm setting the organization’s calendar of events for the next year.

The League of Women Voters promotes active participation in government and greater understanding of major public policy issues, according to the national organization’s website.

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