This issue highlights our core values and the incredible Team & Family members who represent them every day.

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IMPACT Magazine is a digital publication for IDEA students, staff, families, and supporters. Read on to meet individuals who embody our core values and seek to model them in their lives and work: a student who finds joy in writing, philanthropists who care for other children’s success like their own kids, a mother with high expectations for her child’s school, a community leader advocating for educational excellence in her city, a team of educators committed to expanding opportunities for young people of all abilities, and inspiring IDEA students and graduates who are pursuing their dreams of a college diploma. We are grateful to all of them for sharing their stories — and to you for being part of the IDEA community.

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Thank You, Team & Family

Two stellar IDEA students share gratitude for the staff members who did whatever it took last year to ensure all students were learning, growing, happy and safe.

A New Form of Normalcy

Emily Torres, an IDEA San Benito 2021 graduate, writes about the support of her Team & Family and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at IDEA Headquarters.

Sibling Suggestions

IDEA siblings, Kevin & Akeila and Levi & Josiah, interview one another and give advice on returning to school for safe, fun, in-person learning.

From Virtual Learning to the University of Southern California

Johanna Reyes, IDEA Weslaco 2021 graduate, reflects on a senior year—and college acceptance—she’ll never forget.

Together Again: Student Perspectives

We asked IDEA students to share what they are looking forward to the most about being in person with all of their friends, teachers, and campus staff for the 2021-22 school year. 

Blue Hour, Bright Future

“My family owns a small camera installation business that was hit hard during the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of the nation meant that companies like my family’s would have to struggle to survive.”

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