Thanks to the recent award of a $450,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation, Lions Quest continues to expand our efforts in the fast-growing Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District (EMS-ISD) in Texas. The program benefits a diverse racial and socio-economic population; more than 40 percent of students qualify as economically disadvantaged or low-income, and more than 35 languages are spoken in the district.

Since 2015, EMS has partnered with Lions Quest to further support the social and emotional development that contributes to a well-rounded educational experience for EMS students and to assist in creating a family-school-community partnership for positive youth development. The program has been implemented in nine schools across the district and has received positive responses from both students and teachers.

“My favorite thing about this program is that they teach us things we’ll never learn in the classroom,” an Ed Willkie 7th-grader said. “They’ve taught me how to cope with peer pressure, how not to handle certain situations, and how to think first before I act.”

EMS middle school Principal Danny Knowles oversaw implementation of Lions Quest program on his campus in 2015-16, and agrees that the program has already had a positive impact both in individual students as well as on the campus as a whole.

“Middle school is such a critical time for students as they are discovering who they are and their place in the world around them,” he says. “Lions Quest has given our students the social and emotional learning tools they need to navigate the tough decisions they face every day as well as how to be service-oriented citizens. This program has had a positive impact on our students and staff and we look forward to continued success.”

—Danny Knowles, EMS Middle School Principal

Lions Quest is proud to partner with NoVo Foundation and with Eagle Mountain – Saginaw ISD, its leaders and its dedicated teachers, and with Lions Quest school partners worldwide.

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