About Learn Local
Founded on September 24, 2013, our mission is to establish a bridge for our children between our successful Heights neighborhood elementary schools and Hogg Middle School, enabling progression within our strong, unique community. Learn Local is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Maggie Buquid, President • Emily Guyre • John DiFilippo • Shelley Bennett • Laura Babka • Angela Sugarek • Barrett Donahue-Mink • Jessica Taylor • Benjamin Holloway
The nonprofit group Learn Local is hosting the concert to support the Hogg band program. The idea for a Latin jazz concert came from the group's treasurer, Peter Marmo.
While moms and dads in HISD happily got up to take their kiddoes back to class this week, many parents in the Woodland Heights avoided their zoned middle school, Hogg, and sent their kids elsewhere. Why? Well, Hogg has a bad rep, well-earned with campus fights and less-than-stellar standardized test scores over the last 30 years. But since 2011, principal Dr. Mina Schnitta has been working hard to change that. Backing her up since last year has been a group of neighborhood parents called Learn Local.
The results of Learn Local’s publicity campaign are beginning to show. This fall, Harvard and Travis are sending almost 50 percent more students to Hogg than last year.
As always, people in the Heights are willing to work to make their community everything they think it can be.