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Luncheon: Paper Management | Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Avenue 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


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Hewitt Police Department’s National Night Out | Warren Park | 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

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Breakfast Workshop: LinkedIn Hewitt Public Safety Facility Training Room 100 Patriot Court | 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.


Hair Ego Ribbon Cutting 235 N. Hewitt Drive in Waco | 5:00 p.m.


Glass Doctor Business After Hours 133 N. 1st Street, #108 in Hewitt 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


Krasienko Law Firm, PLLC Ribbon Cutting 1701 Columbus Avenue in Waco | 11:15 a.m.


Membership Orientation | Carter Bloodcare, 206 Archway Drive in Woodway 8:30 a.m.– 9:30 a.m. | Free & open to all


Luncheon: Social Media Best Practices Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Grout Pros Ribbon Cutting 2501 Marketplace Drive in Waco | 5:00 p.m.


Greater Hewitt Chamber Express Classic Golf Tournament Boot Scootin’ Bogey presented by the City of Hewitt Cottonwood Creek Golf Course 11:00 a.m. snacks, 1:00 p.m. tee time and 6:00 p.m. dinner


State of the School District Luncheon Midway Administration Building 13885 Woodway Drive | 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Limited seating! Register at


Waco Piano Gallery Business After Hours 8726 La Village Avenue | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


Hewitt Public Library’s Dog Days Canine Event | Hewitt Park | 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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“…this is the right place and time to take a stand… and to give grace to those who see things from a different perspective.”


Diversity I in our community


t is fair to say that the discussion of diversity can be a challenge, and that when asked, each of us has a perspective that defines our meaning of diversity. For some, the idea of discussing diversity is unnecessary, since (in their opinion) everyone has the same opportunities. For others, the discussion of diversity is challenging because they don’t want to be seen as a troublemaker. For yet others, that same discussion is long overdue. Realizing that each of these viewpoints has some truth in them is difficult when you are in any one of the three camps. So what does diversity look like in the greater Waco area? Humbly, I submit that diversity is all of the above. We do have the same opportunities, it’s challenging to discuss and not be a troublemaker, and the discussion around some issues is past overdue. That said, how we view our community from a diversity perspective depends upon the optics from which we are viewing the situation. One way to look at diversity is to think of a game of Monopoly®. Let’s suppose that two groups are playing the game, and that the first group starts the game two hours before the second group. When the second group enters the game, all of the properties are owned (and probably have hotels on them). As the first group continues the game, life is good and affordable and still with risk, but the second group can only hope to avoid landing on properties with sizable cost incurred in order to survive, lest they be put out of the game. It might even be that time in jail could be considered a safe place, since Continued on page 5...

DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY continued from page 4 at least no more harm can be done. This exercise is a good way to view the lack of opportunities to latecomers, which is true for the minority population. I am hopeful that the Monopoly® game exercise is helpful for those who started the game early, and that they recognize there is still work to be done. From the perspective of “I don’t want to be a troublemaker,” let’s instead say, “I know some people in the minority who are doing really well/have made it.” The reality is that those people are an exception, and once you’ve made it, the choice to go along is understandable; but let’s be clear that they are an exception and truly not a fair representation of the entire landscape. We are left to think about the third group who have not “made it,” or have made it and still recognize the inequity of the situation. It is fair to say that they are correct in their assessment of the situation, and if bold enough, they will speak out as to the uneven situation. I believe that we are in a pivotal time in our history, and that this is the right place and time to take a stand for making our community an example of providing opportunity to those who look different than we do, and to give grace to those who see things from a different perspective. Alfred Solano lives in the Waco area and is President/CEO of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

20 Years of Dynamic Growth in Diversity


id you know that Midway ISD’s population closely represents McLennan County? While 20 years ago, the Midway student population was 85% Caucasian and only 10% economically-disadvantaged, today’s District has grown to nearly a mirror image of McLennan County’s demographics. Midway’s growth in student population has led to cultural diversity that offers richness to perspectives, discussions, classrooms, and extracurriculars. For Midway ISD, these demographic shifts have also resulted in significant effort to diversify hiring of professional personnel, with the eventual goal of matching its student population. Looking at demographic shifts from another angle, over 13 years, the District has grown by 2,041 total students—1,403 of whom are economically-disadvantaged.

Approximately one in three Midway students now qualify for Federal meal subsidies. To put that into perspective, MISD now has an economically-disadvantaged population of 2,600 students—roughly the entire student population of many 4A districts in McLennan County. Diversity of income levels comes with an entirely unique set of challenges, where schools are sometimes called to compensate for a family’s lack of resources in order to maintain a level playing field. Midway’s progressive 1-to-1 initiative is just one way that the District ensures all students have access to technology resources. In recent years, Midway has drastically increased social services available to students to help families overcome any obstacles hindering their child’s education. Valuable church and community partnerships have been crucial to supporting families in times of need. The District’s Hunger Free MISD program received national recognition for efforts to feed children during weekends and holidays. Visit, the District’s community visioning project site, to learn more about growth of our local schools. Midway Momentum includes a demographic study with predictions for future enrollment, information on funding, and highlights programs responding to ever-changing student needs. Traci Marlin lives in the Waco area and is the Public Information Officer for MISD. See “Diversity” on page 8… Hewitt Chamber Express | 5


A world of wonder


estled behind the City of Hewitt’s Public Safety Facility on Patriot Court is a community hub full of budding ideas, literacy growth and a full spectrum of programs and resources that are available to every age and member of our diverse community. Hewitt Public Library is committed to serving our growing population, and events like the summer reading program are a large part of what the library offers.

Hewitt Public Library pulls out all the stops to give its patrons free, fun and engaging programs and activities throughout the year, and the summer is no exception. In cooperation with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the library’s summer reading program and events are tied to the state theme of “Libraries Rock.” This theme includes the obvious choice of music, song and dance—but as a fun play on words and a strategy to incorporate a broader educational subject matter, library staff tie in the subject of geology as well. Throughout the summertime, patrons are invited to be a part of Libraries Rock and attend the library’s free events, including concerts and performers, a pop-up geology exhibit, storytelling and more! As fun as these events are, they provide more than just an entertaining show. Performers and events are carefully planned by

library staff to reach students of all ages, and to present a variety of disciplines including literacy, music, and STEAM-based subjects. Through these events, library staff aim to reach every member of our community and inspire audiences to move, learn, grow and (hopefully) pick up books about the subject matter presented at each event to add to their summer reading list. Along with events, the library provides rewards for reading over the summer. With its summer reading initiative, Hewitt Public Library helps fight the “summer slide”—which refers to the fallback of literacy skills that students work hard to achieve throughout the previous school year. With generous donations from businesses in the Hewitt area, the library provides rewards for reading a certain number of books for all age groups. Throughout the summer, library staff works to provide these programs so that students and adults will continue to grow and learn throughout the school year without missing a beat. Hewitt Public Library is committed to be a part of our population’s literacy growth, and librarians hope that patrons will carry their reading goals and inspirations through the year and for many more summers to come. Visit for more details about the upcoming events below and join us!

JULY 11 Big Canyon Balloon Geology Exhibit • Castleman Creek Elementary • 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. JULY 21 STEAM Fest & Science Show • Hewitt Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Science show at 11 a.m. JULY 25 Splash Day at Hewitt Park • 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. SEPTEMBER 29 Hewitt’s Dog Days Canine Event at Hewitt Park • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY continued from page 5 Fifty years is a relatively short time in the life of a city, but it has been enough time to transform Hewitt from a sleepy agricultural town to an award-winning city known for its quality of life, safety, affordability and nationally-recognized school district. The city, founded in 1893, grew slowly with locals raising cotton, cattle and corn for their livelihoods. Years passed, and Hewitt incorporated as a city in 1960 with its population reaching 569 by 1970. The ‘70s were a time of tremendous growth, with Hewitt recognized as the fastest-growing community in the nation. The reasons for that growth are the same driving growth today — Hewitt was a safe city with affordable housing, a desirable school district and a commitment to community with special efforts made to develop parks and the library. Fast-forward to today and the city’s population is fast-approaching 15,000. Hewitt is poised for continued growth, both commercially with a new Cracker Barrel and other businesses currently under construction, and residentially as several builders now have new additions in development. Below are some fast facts about the growing greater Hewitt/Waco community: Global Diversity. The most common birthplace for foreign-born residents of McLennan County is Mexico, followed by Germany and Canada. When compared to other public use microdata areas, McLennan County also has a relatively high number of residents that were born in Iceland. Language. The most common foreign languages in Hewitt are Spanish and Tagalog, the basis of a standardized national language of the Philippines. Age. In 2016, the median age in Hewitt was 38, but people in Hewitt are getting younger! In 2015, the average age of all Hewitt residents was 38.2. Veterans. Hewitt has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam. Homeownership. The homeownership rate of Hewitt is 72.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. LGBTQ Inclusivity. Waco ranked 11th out of 25 Texas cities in the 2017 Municipal Equality Index, which examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. More info at Household Income. In 2016, the median household income in Hewitt was $70,313. Economy. The economy of Hewitt employs 7,696 people and is specialized in Educational Services; Finance & Insurance; and Wholesale trade. The largest industries in Hewitt are Educational Services, Healthcare & Social Assistance and Manufacturing, while the highest-paying industries are Real Estate, Rental & Leasing, Finance & Insurance and Utilities. Laura Beaty is the Communications Director for the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce. Sources for above: City of Hewitt,, Charlie Turner,

CENTRAL TEXAS INCLUSIVITY ORGANIZATIONS Black Women in Business Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce (254) 235-3204 Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (254) 754-7111 Community Race Relations Coalition (CRRC) (254) 717-7903 Cooper Foundation (254) 754-0315 InterWaco (254) 292-2040 WacoInterweave NAACP Waco McLennan County Branch Prosper Waco (254) 741-0081 The Rapoport Foundation (254) 741-0510 United Way (254) 752-2753 Waco Foundation (254) 754-3404

Special thanks to the parents of Evie and Landon for allowing us to spend the morning with them at Hewitt Park. They thoroughly enjoyed their balloons and playing on the park’s Adventure Playground. Hewitt Park is located at 801 S. Hewitt Drive in Hewitt. 8 | Hewitt Chamber Express Summer 2018 Hewitt Chamber Express | 9



he Greater Hewitt Chamber Scholarship Fund was created in 2008 as a way to give back to our members and the communities we serve. Since 2008, the Chamber has awarded over $60,000 to local students in the form of scholarships. This year, our scholarship committee is excited to announce two new scholarships—The Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Award and The Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Development Award. For eligibility, details and an online application, please visit The deadline to apply is November 5. Best of luck! The Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Award ($3,000) recognizes students who, by devoting their time, talents and expertise to serve the public good, have made significant, demonstrable, and direct contributions to society’s well-being. The Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Development Award ($3,000) recognizes students who, by devoting their time, talents and expertise to foster and strengthen the Greater Hewitt business community, have made significant, demonstrable, and direct contributions to the current or future Greater Hewitt business community. Chamber Scholars Awards ($1,000—minimum of 4 awards) recognizes students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and personal qualities—often overcoming significant obstacles in the process. Students who apply for Business Development and Community Service awards, but are not chosen, will be eligible for these awards.

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Helping in Hewitt since 1979

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e are Kiwanis, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Our members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop young leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research and more. Kiwanians are leaders, doers, advocates. We believe that no problem is too big or small, and that we can do more working together than alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, dream and succeed, great things happen! Founded in 1979, the Hewitt Kiwanis Club is active in the greater Hewitt community—from our annual Hewitt Kiwanis Club Bass Tournament each spring to benefit the Hewitt Public Library and Hunger Free MISD program, to the regional cross country meet we host each Fall for area high schools. In addition to these great causes, we have purchased and donated a building for the Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts of Hewitt for their equipment storage, and we award a minimum of $1,000 in scholarships annually to graduating seniors from Midway High School. The Hewitt Kiwanis Club also funded Hewitt Public Library’s rocket—a cornerstone in the Library’s children’s area. Kids see the large rocket and immediately know where to go. Library director Waynette Ditto wanted to connect children to local space exploration companies, highlight educational games, and provide a real-time view in space on the Library’s iPads.

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This year, our club was honored to support Midway Little League by donating funds for new batting cages. Kiwanians also create Christmas food baskets for less-fortunate families during the holidays. It is a warm and wonderful feeling to be able to share with organizations that extend help and opportunity to children! Serving children in our community is what we are all about, but we need your help. If you have a heart for service — especially to children—please join us for lunch at noon on Tuesdays at Rosati’s on Hewitt Drive, and consider joining our wonderful club. Can’t make it every week? No problem! Just join us when you can.

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f you travel through Hewitt today, you’ll notice a thriving city—selected as one of the top places to live in the State of Texas. To look back at how the city began, we’ll go back in time to rolling plains that provided both food and shelter to indigenous small animals and plants. Mother Nature was kind for her generosity to all living things, but as time passed, the rolling plains of Hewitt became an agricultural community of families constructing new homes on the same land. Traveling on Hewitt Drive near the Hewitt Public Library, one will notice a large complex of apartments known as “The Icon” that claimed land previously used to raise wheat, maize, corn and cotton. In addition to crops, the land on which The Icon stands previously supported two groves of trees that camouflaged remains of a sharecropper’s cabin and a large barn containing a hayloft and storage for animal feed for many years. Inside the abandoned barn’s workshop area used for repair of the farm’s machinery was a large steel cable from one side of the barn to the other. Without this cable, the barn would have quickly become a pile of lumber many years ago. Before the collapse of the barn paving the way for The Icon, Mother Nature had once again reclaimed her land. This is land that has raised both the past and the future. The name “Meadowbrook Dairy” may not mean anything to most of today’s Hewitt citizens, but there was a time when the dairy was one of the town’s top businesses. It consisted of several buildings—one that allowed cows to enter for feeding purposes as they were being milked. Adjacent to that building was an abandoned silo, not used for many decades, damaged and missing its roof. A secondary building separated by a driveway housed the remnants of this forgotten time. A thriving dairy ordinarily occupies many acres of land to accommodate its daily routine. Such was the business of Meadowbrook Dairy and the daily life of the Warren family who called this farm their home on the site of today’s Warren Park. That same acreage has now been subdivided into lots that will host new housing known as the Sunflower Addition. It will consist of homes beginning at $350,000. Hewitt continues to thrive, as family farmland of old has yielded to the growth of becoming a successful city. Our “Now and Then” feature of traveling in Hewitt takes notice of new landmarks and ponders what part of history has now become our home. Watch for more Now and Then in future issue of this magazine!

ABOVE The Icon at Hewitt, the city’s newest luxury living complex, sits on the site of what once was a large farm that grew wheat, maize, corn and cotton. BELOW Remains of the Meadowbrook Dairy barn and abandoned silo could be seen for many years before being razed to make room for Hewitt’s new Sunflower Addition, located near Warren Park, named for the Warren family who owned the dairy. Hewitt Chamber Express | 19

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’ve had the good fortune of being able to travel overseas on a few occasions, so I consider myself to be a fairly seasoned traveler. Yet, I still get anxious about handling money while I’m traveling, especially overseas. Last year, as I was leaving for a 19-day trip to South Africa to visit my sister and her husband—missionaries at an HIV orphanage—I was a little more anxious than usual. After all, South Africa is a long way away, and I was going to be there for an extended period of time. If, like me, you also get uneasy about how to best handle money when you’re traveling, here are five travel tips to keep in mind:

Place travel advisories on your debit & credit cards Anytime you travel—especially out of the country—it’s a good idea to notify your bank, as they constantly monitor transactions for suspicious activity. If you buy gas in Waco on Tuesday, and then use an ATM in Dubai on Wednesday without notifying your bank, your card will likely be suspended. Make note of how to cancel your cards In some countries, pick-pocketing is more prevalent than in the U.S. In the event your wallet is stolen or lost, knowing how to cancel cards is valuable. I create a note in my iPhone with details about my cards: the last four digits of the account, three-digit security codes, and a customer support phone number. Some banks will let you cancel your card via their online/mobile banking, while others offer online chat. Only carry what you need When you travel, not only is it a good idea to take a decent amount of cash, but you should also carry multiple debit/credit cards. However, once you’ve reached your destination, there’s no need to carry all your cards with

you. Leave some cash (and at least one debit/ credit card) in the hotel safe (or hidden in your luggage).

Read up on your cards’ benefits Some debit/credit cards offer benefits that you don’t normally think about—like auto rental accident coverage. Why do I mention this? Well, when the rear hubcap of your rental car mysteriously vanishes on the streets of Cape Town, you’ll be glad you did a little research prior to your trip. Yes, this actually happened. Before you leave, contact your card issuer and ask about any benefits and protections associated with your card. Also, ask about any applicable fees you might incur, like foreign transaction fees or ATM withdrawal fees. Depending on your card, it’s often more cost effective to get cash at ATMs rather than using currency conversion kiosks at the airport. Know your limits On vacation, it’s not uncommon to make large purchases that might come close to (or exceed) your card limit. If you don’t know what the limit is on your card, contact your issuer to find out. If your limit won’t be high enough to cover your trip expenses, many issuers can increase your daily limit upon request (the usual point-of-sale limit is $1,500 per day). While these tips aren’t foolproof, they should—at the very least—provide you with enough peace of mind to relax and enjoy your trip. Bryan Fonville is a vice president at Central National Bank and is a past-president of the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce. Hewitt Chamber Express | 21

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1 Alinea Real Estate Ribbon Cutting in May • 2 Presentation of Nacho Daddy Car Show proceeds check to Hunger-Free MISD • 3 Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South Business After Hours & Autism Fundraiser • 4 Icon at Hewitt Ribbon Cutting • 5 GHC Membership Drive Leadership Awardees at GHC Board meeting • 6 GHC Membership Drive luncheon 7 Lakeshore Estates Ribbon Cutting • 8 Best In Show winner at the Nacho Daddy Car Show & Concert in May 9 Midway ISD Summer Expo • 10 Bicycle World Ribbon Cutting in May • 11 Rapoport Academy North Elementary Campus STEAM Lab Ribbon Cutting • 12 National United Business After Hours • 13 New York Life Ribbon Cutting in Downtown Waco 14 Placements Unlimited Business After Hours and 25th Anniversary • 15 Pura Vida Paddle Ribbon Cutting • 16 Real Property Management Apex Ribbon Cutting • 17 Waco Piano Gallery Ribbon Cutting • 18 GHC Signature Annual Workshop Luncheon by Brian Townley Hewitt Chamber Express | 25

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For years, the Krasienko Law Firm has educated and advised clients on the legal issues they face. At our firm, we believe in providing clients with the full picture—empowering you to make tough, critical decisions. This is your life, your future and your finances. We want to help you make smart, lasting decisions. We will explore a range of options to help you through your legal issues and create a personalized approach to help you move forward. Find us on the web at or contact us by phone at (254) 537-1047.

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Customer satisfaction is our number one goal. We provide quick, efficient, timely, and budget-friendly service for any type of residential or commercial work. We provide general contracting, new construction, bathroom remodeling, kitchen updating, general home improvements, screen rooms, patio covers, pergolas, window replacement and much more. We also provide general liability insurance, workman’s compensation, criminal background check and drug screening on all employees, and a no smoking policy on the customer’s property. If you want great work done in a truly professional way, contact Faulkenbery Construction today!


Axiom Advertising is Central Texas’ favorite for printing, apparel and signage for the past 30 years! Our services include: Screen Printing, Promotional Products, Embroidery, Full Color Printing, Business Cards, Checks, Envelopes, Graphic Design, Branding, Invoices, T-Shirts, Team and Work Uniforms, Signs, Banners and Business Forms. Call us today at 254-776-1288 or come see us at 524 Esther Street in Waco. Find us online at to submit an order or inquiry.  Let us be your one stop shop for all your needs. We appreciate your business!

Real Property Management is the trusted leader in residential property management with 300+ offices managing over $13 billion in assets across North America. We are local owners/operators of Real Property Management APEX. From screening residents, to filling vacancies and leasing, managing routine and emergency maintenance, meticulous property evaluations, evictions and legal proceedings; RPM APEX is the full-service answer to maximizing rental assets for owners and preparing a happy home place for residents. APEX SERVICE is our commitment to owners and residents. This is where we live! Call us at 254-732-1599.


APEX ā’·peks noun: the top or highest part of something


Lochridge-Priest, Inc. is the largest mechanical, electrical and plumbing company serving all of Central Texas with departments and personnel dedicated to handling industrial, light commercial and residential projects. We have been locally-owned and operated for over 50 years with locations in Waco, Temple and Corsicana. LPI’s mission has always been to provide our customers with the highest level of quality in the MEP industry through the best products available on the market, while employing industry certified technicians who have been expertly trained to accurately perform their duties. Visit us at or call us at 254-772-0670.

Utility Wranglers provides free, independent service shopping for homes and businesses. We work with hundreds of local, regional and national service providers for electricity, internet, TV, phone, security, pest control and more! We have deep experience with the services we offer and stay on top of current rates and trends to make sure you get the services for your needs at the best possible price, and we can provide more than the typical solutions. We are locally-owned and operated, but can provide service anywhere in Texas and beyond. Call us at (855) 627-3002 or visit us at

Tonkin Technology Consulting offers a full range of services including Business IT Consulting, Family Technology and Web Programming. From growing businesses with one or two computers to established businesses with fifty or more computers, we can help you use your technology to make your business more efficient and profitable by ensuring systems and networks are always online and working at peak efficiency. Needing a new website or upgrade to your current one? We can help with that! We also specialize in family technology for your home computers, phones and other smart devices. Worried about what your family will find online? We can secure your home network to prevent anyone from accidentally browsing inappropriate content. For more information, visit or call (254) 214-7705.

Become a member of the Greater Hewitt Chamber and you’ll see your logo and information here in a future issue! To join, visit us at or call (254) 666-1200. Hewitt Chamber Express | 27

Insuring your life helps protect their future. Richard Kruger, Agent 7213 New Sanger Rd. Waco, TX 76712 Bus: 254-776-4593

It can also provide for today. I’ll show you how a life insurance policy with living benefits can help your family with both long-term and short-term needs. GET TO A BETTER STATE.Ž CALL ME TODAY.

State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL 1203087.1

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VFW POST 6008 WELCOMES YOU TO HEWITT Serving Friday night meals for a minimal donation (call 254-666-6008 for meal specials) Hall rentals • Annual/Life memberships available Get on our email list for notification of special events VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES


725 Sun Valley Blvd. (next to DQ) • I-35 @ Exit 328


Hewitt Lions Share the Vision Thanks to a generous grant from the Heavin Foundation, the Hewitt Lions Club screened 998 people in the greater Hewitt area in 2017 using the SPOT Vision Machine, with 20.4% referred to a doctor for vision issues. In order to coordinate even more outreach efforts, the Hewitt Lions Club is partnering with the Robinson Area Lions Club and Waco Women’s Lions Club to provide additional screenings throughout the year at public and private schools, churches and community events in Central Texas. For more information or to schedule a group vision screening, email us at

814 Majes�c Drive Hewi�, TX 76643 (254) 666-5656 Spacious 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, duplexes, townhouses and homes from 700 to 1700 square feet with 8 different floor plans. Our ameni�es include: • Two reserved covered parking spaces • 24-hour emergency service • Fireplaces • Washer/Dryer hook-ups • Two car garages (houses only) • Extra storage space • Fenced-in backyards • Large walk-in closets • Single and double pa�os • Solar-screened windows • Midway ISD

Let us treat you like royalty! Hewitt Chamber Express | 29

2018-2019 Registration Information First Day of School – August 21, 2018

New to the District Students All new students must bring social security card, immunization records, birth certificate, current proof of residence (utility bill from the last 30 days, lease, or mortgage agreement), and guardianship papers if applicable. New Student Online Enrollment Opens: July 10 Parents of new students may complete registration online prior to visiting the campus to enroll student. District-Wide Enrollment for New Students – Tuesday, July 31st 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Midway Middle School for all grades; parents may enroll new students for any campus at this centralized location. If parents/students do not attend the district-wide enrollment: High School August 3 New students may begin calling counseling office for appointment at 761-5660. Grades 7 & 8 August 3 New students register at campus from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or call for appointment at 761-5680. Grades PK-6 August 3 New students register at campuses from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


Important: ALL STUDENTS must provide a current proof of residence. It can be submitted through the online registration system. An online registration form must be completed for ALL returning students. The window for completing the online registration form is July 17 – August 17. Guardians with an active email account on file with Midway ISD will receive an email with instructions for completing the online registration form and a link with a secure SnapCode for each returning student. The iPad parent agreement is now part of the online registration form.


All students must provide a proof of residence by uploading a current bill to the online registration system or bringing a hard copy with them on registration day, August 6th. Students who have completed the registration process can access their schedule through Home Access Center on August 10th. Parking passes, ID photos/school pictures and club/organization sign-ups will also be available on August 6th.

Grades 9-12

August 6

9th Grade Fish Camp

August 7

In-Person Registration: BY LAST NAME (A-D 8-10 a.m., E-K 10-12 p.m, L-Ri 12-2 p.m., Ro-Z 2-4 p.m.) Open registration is from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. Fish Camp Celebration: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Parent Meeting: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 9th Grade Mixer: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


ALL STUDENTS must submit current proof of residence to pick up schedule.* Parent/Guardian must accompany student. Students must be current on immunizations. Pick up schedules and finalize registration: Grades 7 & 8 August 9 7th Grade- 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (by grade level) 8th Grade- 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Middle School Campus will be open until 6:00 p.m. for students unable to make the designated pick up time.

INTERMEDIATES ALL STUDENTS must submit current proof of residence to pick up schedule.* Parent/Guardian must accompany student. Pick up schedules and finalize registration: Grades 5 & 6 August 9 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet the Teacher August 16 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Parent Night August 30 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ELEMENTARIES All students must submit current proof of residence.* | Meet the Teacher August 16 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For this information and MORE, go to under the parents tab. MEET THE PANTHERS August 22 AFTER SCHOOL CARE *Proof of Residence can be submitted through online registration. 30 | Hewitt Chamber Express Summer 2018

Contact me about Medicare health plans! Laura Cruz-Smith Licensed Insurance Agent

Office: 254-756-8013 • Cell: 254-424-8008


LOOKING FOR NEW CUSTOMERS? They’re new to your neighborhood. They have money to spend. They need your business.

We open doors for you!

Contact your local Territory Sales Developer,

Midge Norris or call 800-737-4859 ext 1103. Hewitt Chamber Express | 31

PRSRT STD U.S. Postage


Permit #65 Hewitt TX P.O. Box 661 Hewitt, Texas 76643

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Summer 2018 Hewitt Express Magazine  

This issue gives a brief glimpse at Hewitt's history, as well as current growth and diversity in the greater Hewitt and Waco area. Read all...

Summer 2018 Hewitt Express Magazine  

This issue gives a brief glimpse at Hewitt's history, as well as current growth and diversity in the greater Hewitt and Waco area. Read all...