Pearland ISD’s RISE Mentoring chosen for ‘Bragging Rights’

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Pearland ISD numbers among twelve school districts in Texas that earned ‘bragging rights’ for its RISE Mentoring program with the release of Texas School Business magazine’s Tenth Annual Bragging Rights 2016-17 special issue.

Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities.

“We are proud to celebrate our 10th year of producing Bragging Rights, which shines a spotlight on 12 districts doing phenomenal work in their schools. This year, we pored over nearly 200 nominations to arrive at the 2016-2017 winners,” Texas School Business Editorial Director Dacia Rivers said.

RISE Mentoring brings together caring, committed adults from across the community to help students rise above obstacles to succeed in school and life. In its first year, RISE matched 175 mentors with close to 200 students.

“It is an honor to be included in this year’s issue of Bragging Rights. We have many things to be proud of in the Pearland community and RISE Mentoring is certainly one of those community efforts worthy of this recognition. Without our wonderful and giving community members, RISE Mentoring is just an idea. Our community is as much a part of this honor as the school district,” Kim Hocott, Pearland ISD Director of Communications, said.

For 63 years, Texas School Business has served as the news magazine for public education in Texas. Since 2014, it has been published by the Texas Association of School Administrators ( To read the 10th Annual Bragging Rights issue online, visit

To learn more about RISE Mentoring and becoming a mentor, visit

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