Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars for a very fun event benefiting a very important cause. The Starpoint Homerun Derby will be held Saturday afternoon, September 24th. All proceeds will go to benefit Starpoint School at TCU. Before I get into specifics about the fundraiser, you should know more about this amazing place.
Starpoint is a school for special needs children between the ages of six and twelve. It was founded by M. J. and Alice Neeley in 1966 and is now an integral part of our community. It not only services children with learning differences, but it also serves as a laboratory classroom for future teachers who are enrolled in the TCU College of Education.
Students of Starpoint are not categorized by traditional grades but are grouped with other students who share similar needs. Their Primary School focuses on teaching the students strategies that facilitate their learning and build their self-esteem. This then sets a foundation for Intermediate School, which focuses on preparing students for success in traditional classrooms once they graduate from Starpoint. The teachers individualize instruction and celebrate their students’ strengths making school fun and turning children into life-long learners.
Starpoint from the very beginning has held a close relationship with TCU. Students are able to take advantage of everything the campus community offers. Students are often allowed use of the University Recreation Center for physical education. Staff look for opportunities for students to engage in many campus events. The senior class participates in TCU’s robotics team taught by the technology instructor. Starpoint students also participate in several community service projects. Lastly, these students play a very important roll as educators of undergraduate students within the College of Education who are learning to teach. As a former teacher, I cannot stress how amazing this is.
Now for the fun part! The Starpoint Homerun Derby will be held at TCU’s Lupton Baseball Stadium Saturday afternoon, September 24th. Derby games will be for all age groups from kindergarten to adults. Afterwards, meet members of the NCAA Regional Champion Horned Frog baseball team and listen to the Ray Johnston Band. Games are from 3:30-6:30 pm, food, drinks and live music from 6:30-8:30 pm. Tickets are $50 for Derby participants and $25 for those that just want to cheer the players and enjoy the company, food, and music. You must register in advance to attend. We hope to see ya out there!
Christy Ortiz is a Fort Worth native, and proud to say so. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UT Arlington in Interdisciplinary Studies. She taught for FWISD for eight busy years before switching gears and staying home with her two small children. Her hobbies are interior decorating for friends, photography, and flying kites with her kids. Her South American roots and love for the Spanish language and Latin cultures add to the diverse voices of our group.