Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Invests $1 Million in Apollo 20

Donation comes one month after Rodeo officials pledge $500,000 toward HISD reading initiative

September 28, 2011

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced a $1 million donation to HISD’s pioneering Apollo 20 school turnaround program on September 28.

The gift to the HISD Foundation brings the total amount of private funds raised to support more than 13,000 students in 20 of HISD’s neediest schools to more than $14 million.

“This is a huge opportunity for the Show to partner with HISD. Most of our scholarship winners come from the district, so it’s literally an investment in our future,” said Skip Wagner, president of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Our goals are aligned, in that our biggest priority is getting kids out of high school and prepared for college, and that must start at an early age.”

“Generations of Houston students have benefited from the generosity of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” added HISD Board of Education President Paula Harris. “By investing in a program that could provide a replicable school transformation model for educators across America to use, the Rodeo is demonstrating a truly visionary approach to philanthropy.”
Read the full press release (.pdf).