By Karolyn Gephart
The NASA-JSC Longhorn Project received a check for $10,000 from AT&T. The check was presented to project officials December 4 by AT&T Director of External Affairs Michael Flanagan.
Guests invited to attend the presentation included Senator Larry Taylor, State Rep. Dennis Paul, State Rep. Ed Thompson and Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark.
These elected officials have been staunch supporters of the program and instrumental in building the partnership with AT&T, according to Andrea Wilson, chair of Longhorn Project Board of Directors.
The $10K award will assure that over 350 at-risk high school students will experience The Longhorn Project, an agriculture and STEM-based educational field trip program at a unique site.
“The Project’s mission is to introduce students to new and interesting concepts that support their educational objectives and to inspire them to complete their high school education and continue their education after graduation, and possibly, help guide their career choices,” Wilson said.
The Longhorn Project was created as a joint venture among The Longhorn Project, a 501(c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization, NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), the Houston Livestock and RodeoTM, Clear Creek Independent School District, and the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America.
The Longhorn Project is also known as the Center for Agriculture, Science, and Engineering (CASE) and is located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on a 53-acre tract of land.
Within the area are a 35-acre pasture for grazing, an 11-acre feedlot, and 7-acre garden area and the Western Heritage Pavilion that was built and donated by the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM.
The garden area consists of garden plots, a greenhouse, orchards, compost containers, aquaculture ponds, a paved patio with a waterfall and pond that is stocked with small fish.
A small herd of trophy steer and a show team of longhorns on loan from members of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America live there.
FFA and 4-H students are selected to raise and exhibit the Longhorns at several state, and national longhorn shows per year, including the Houston Livestock and RodeoTM.
Through this program, the show team students can have the opportunity to learn about ranch management, animal husbandry and the rich history of the Texas heritage to promote the preservation and legacy of the cattle native to the state, according to Longhorn Project officials.
For more information about The Longhorn Project visit their website at www.thelonghornproject.com.
By Karolyn Gephart