Ana Treviño-Godfrey and Jonathan Godfrey are the founders of Prelude Music Classes for Children. They follow the curriculum established by the research-based Music Together program to offer Houstonians a chance to give their children a proper education through the arts. We discuss the necessity to socialize children through the arts, how it develops their intellect and just as importantly, their sense of compassion and self-respect. The arts have been ripped out of our school curriculums and it is, in our opinion, one of the main reasons why so many kids grow up to be rude, aggressive, violent and generally insufferable.
For information about their programs, go here: www.preludechildren.com
Brian Greene is the president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank. This remarkable organization is the largest food bank in the world. We talk about the needs of Americans who go hungry on a daily basis, how difficult it is to get the programs to work for them all and how Brian’s leadership is changing the way food banks distribute produce. www.houstonfoodbank.org
It’s also an opportunity to talk about Houston Restaurant Weeks which runs through September 2nd. Find out where to go have a great meal for cheap and help the restaurants donate $5 to the Houston Food Bank for each meal sold (this is their biggest fundraiser). www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com
Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Rowlands, veterinarian & volunteer.
It's a harsh assessment but it's also 100 percent true: Houstonians are responsible for killing 80,000 pets per year. That's about 220 furry souls per day. The vast majority of them are dogs and cats and they are healthy enough to be adopted out. There just aren’t enough families to take them in. That is what is most heartbreaking to me: of those healthy animals we destroy, the vast majority would make good pets. But because we are irresponsible as a society, because we do not make spaying and neutering our pets part of our laws, the city has to kill tens of thousands of animals every year - and that's just here in Houston. We talk about the solution to this preventable massacre.
There are low-cost clinics which will spay and neuter animals for little to no cost for those who cannot afford the procedures. One of those orgs is S.N.A.P., The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program. Go to their website to see how you can take advantage of their many services. www.snapus.org
Talk about this. It's only by raising awareness that we can stop the killings.