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Sat, 18 Jan 2020

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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Check in begins at 7:15am, Welcoming Ceremony begins at 8am.

Kashmere Gardens Elementary School

4901 Lockwood, Houston, TEXAS 77026, United States

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GatorServe is a UHD tradition that brings together UHD students, staff, faculty, friends, families and community partners to complete projects in service of our neighbors. GatorServe is held on both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and September 11th as they are National Days of Service.

This semester, UHD has adopted two elementary schools in the Kashmere Gardens community of Houston to complete a number of beautification projects.



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Kashmere Gardens Elementary School

4901 Lockwood, Houston, TEXAS 77026, United States

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Christina Morales

Texas House Member, District 145

Texas House of Representatives

Representative Morales’ grandfather Felix H. Morales came to Houston and began a family tradition of community building. Seeing a need for dignified burials for Latino families he founded Morales Funeral Home. With no Spanish-language radio in Houston, Mr. Morales saw another need and opened Radio Station KLVL, La Voz Latina, the first Spanish-language radio station to cover news for the Gulf Coast. This is where Christina learned to view the community as her family and soon built her own institutions in the community.

At 23, after the death of her grandmother, Christina took over the funeral home. She would form long-lasting bonds with families she consoled in their darkest hour. She didn’t just provide a service for families, she befriended them and learned about their needs. Children in the same neighborhood as her own son and daughter were starting school without basic supplies. Like Grandpa Felix, Christina saw a need and decided to do something about it.

In 1997, Christina founded the Annual Morales Back to School Supplies Giveaway. Twenty-one years later, the program continues to help over 20,000 students from Houston’s most underprivileged communities with supply packs to help foster their education.

After seeing the difference and positive impact she was able to make in her community, especially with children's education, she knew she had found her passion and wanted to dedicate herself to helping children now and for future generations like her twin grandsons to have a better education. In the Spring of 2019, Christina would win election to the Texas House of Representatives, House District 145. Rep. Morales is now focused on creating and supporting legislation that helps educate the children of her district and protect the seniors that built her community.

Christina has two children and is blessed with twin grandsons who are being raised in the district. She still is the CEO of The Morales Funeral Home.

Previously held board positions and committees.

• Commissioner, City of Houston Planning Commission.

• Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Board Member

• Center for Mexican American Studies at UH, Advisory Board Member

• Denver Harbor Seniors, Board Member

• East End Foundation, Board Member

• HCC Foundation, Board Member and Secretary since Jan. 2018

• HISD Foundation, Board Member

• Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board

• Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital Committee, Member

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