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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

GIVING BACK: 247th Family District Court Judge John Schmude Encourages 5th Graders at Krahn Elementary to Dream Big


GIVING BACK: 247th Family District Court Judge John Schmude Encourages 5th Graders at Krahn Elementary to Dream Big


HBC REPORTS

As the youngest of ten children and the father of two, Judge John Schmude, judge for the 247th Family District Court in Harris County knows a thing or two about what kids need to grow into successful adults. He also knows how important it is for children to be inspired, mentored, encouraged and motivated to do their best at an early age.

Judge Schmude recently returned to the elementary school he attended as a child to speak to current students who were getting ready for their summer break.

Judge John Schmude: “It was such a privilege to be asked to speak today at the ‘5th Grade Appreciation Day’ at my old elementary school – Krahn Elementary in Spring. I enjoyed telling the kids to dream big, to take their education seriously and to believe in themselves! I want to thank my friend Damiane Lowe Curvey Banieh for extending the invitation.”

According to Damiane Lowe Curvey Banieth, the kids at Krahn Elementary really enjoyed Judge Schmude’s visit. And the staff? Well, the staff at Krahn (located at 9502 Eday Drive) felt honored to have Judge John Schmude to come back and take the time to speak to the students.

ABOUT KRAHN

Krahn Elementary is part of the Klein Independent School District. According to their website, the Klein Independent School District takes great pride in honoring founding families of the Klein community by naming its schools for them. This helps keep alive the cultural heritage of the area. Krahn Elementary School was named after the Krahn family because they were a family of hard-working people who made real contributions to the community. Krahn Elementary has continued in the tradition of the early Krahn family by making contributions to the community it serves.

ABOUT JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE

Judge John Schmude
is a Native Texan who was born and raised in Harris County. He resides with his wife and children in Spring, Texas.

Prior to being election judge for the 247th Family District Court, John Schmude was a successful family law attorney with an extensive business and financial background and a strong record of service to children and to families – especially those children and families who have faced substantial challenges involving extreme poverty and abuse. His wife, Kelly, was employed by Lockheed Martin Space Operations at NASA and MD Anderson Hospital before becoming a full time homemaker. His commitment to family law is motivated by his strong faith and his recognition that families are the first and firmest foundation upon which any healthy society is built. John is an active member of Annunciation Catholic Church in downtown Houston.

EDUCATION

· Cum Laude graduate of South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctorate
· Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Political Science
· Klein High School, Spring, Texas

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Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s signature annual patriotic celebration, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park (CLICK HERE FOR LOCATION) on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway). Prolific singer-songwriter and Houston son, Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event on the Southwest Airlines Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display by CITGO. 

This year’s festivities include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children’s entertainment area with a stage featuring entertainment for young and old, alike; the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash, featuring the American Beer Garden and a fun in the sun good time; the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring Houston professional sport team set-ups, music, food, and a salute to all 5 branches of the military; and ending the evening with an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. New this year is the US Family Health Plan Backstage Pass; see what takes place behind the scenes via live streaming on abc.comUS Family Health Plan is a product of CHRISTUS Health. 



Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas will further expand the availability of recycling receptacles to make it easier for attendees to recycle. The City of Houston is committed to supporting green initiatives and promoting sustainability. 

The Houston Parks & Recreation Department regulations prohibit dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes that are considered dangerous. Therefore, we require the ban of all such animals. This does not include Seeing Eye dogs or other dogs that provide assistance to physically challenged individuals. No smoking allowed in any City of Houston park interior and exterior spaces/facilities. 


Freedom Over Texas is one of the signature events produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office.




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