Tribe Pride highlights programs, students at Cleveland ISD

James Wright (right) positions Cleveland ISD Superintendent Chris Trotter (left) and Cleveland High School graduate and U.S. Marine Jason Rogers during a taping of Tribe Pride on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Wright oversees the school district's student-run television and radio stations.

Cleveland ISD might be facing its share of challenges as the fastest-growing school district in the state of Texas, but Superintendent Chris Trotter wants the community to know that the district continues to produce good students and worthwhile programs.

Trotter, with the help of James Wright, instructor for the district’s student-run television and radio stations, is highlighting students and district staff every week with Tribe Pride, a series of pre-recorded interviews that are broadcast on the district’s television station, YouTube channel and website, and a local cable network.

“This is a good opportunity for me to get to know the students and to inform people of the great programs within the district, such as our RBB (Royal Braves Band) and CTE (Career and Technology Education),” said Trotter. “Cleveland ISD has some great students.”

During recordings on Tuesday, Trotter interviewed Cleveland High School graduate Jason Rogers, who is now serving in the U.S. Marines; Esmerelda Luna, a member of the Culinary Arts Program at Cleveland High School; Jonathan Mejia, a student in Cleveland High School’s robotics programs.

Cleveland ISD Superintendent Chris Trotter interviews Esmerelda Luna, a member of Cleveland High School’s culinary arts program, during a recording of Tribe Pride on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The programs and students highlighted during the Tribe Pride program are picked by administrators and teachers.

“The program shows the good things that go on at Cleveland ISD that many school districts do not have,” Wright said. “A lot of people don’t even realize that these programs are taking place at Cleveland ISD. We have programs that are usually seen at the college level.”

Recordings of Tribe Pride always end with Trotter’s catchphrase: “Everything we do is just for kids.” The catchphrase is being shared on social media as #just4kids.

To view the Tribe Pride recordings, go online to www.ClevelandISD.org. The videos are linked on the district’s homepage. For residents in the Cleveland area, they also are broadcast for New Waves Communications’ cable subscribers on Channel 22. The audio can also be heard in the immediate Cleveland area on FM 101.5, the district’s radio station.

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