Participate in “Groundhog Job Shadow Day” and Help Give a Kid a Chance to Learn about the World of Work

By Christine Holecek

Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a unique initiative dedicated to giving kids job groundhog logoshadowing experiences. Groundhog Job Shadow kick-off day for 2016 will be February 2. On that day we will officially get going started on what we hope will be a spring blooming with job-shadowing opportunities in the Heart of Texas. The idea is to give more of our Waco area students opportunities to “shadow” a workplace mentor as he or she goes through a normal day on the job. This gives the student a chance to get an up-close look at how skills learned in school relate to the workplace.

p-20 logoGroundhog Job Shadow Day is the joint effort of the Heart of Texas P-20 Council, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Waco Business League, and Prosper Waco. McLennan Community College, Texas State Technical College and school districts in the Heart of Texas Region are also partners promoting this event.

Job Shadowing is a Win-Win situation for all involved. For students it answers the age old question “Why do I have to learn this?” Shadowing demonstrates the importance of academics in reaching college and career goals. Shadowing also motivates students to learn by demonstrating the tangible application of classroom lessons.

For employers, Job Shadowing helps build a future workforce. Shadowing shows students career possibilities in different industries. Also the employee mentors get the feeling of personal satisfaction that comes from mentoring a young person. This opportunity offers a chance to share knowledge and skills and to help a child become a successful adult. Sometimes shadowing even leads to a long-term mentoring relationship.

Whether you are an employer, volunteer or teacher, participating in Groundhog Job Shadow Day is an easy and rewarding experience. Getting involved in Groundhog Job Shadow Day will only take a few hours of your time.

If you are an educator or an employer who would like to get involved, you can contact Christine Holecek at The HOT P-20 has posted some helpful job shadowing documents for you to share at:

For more information about the HOT P-20 Groundhog Job Shadow Day, please contact

Christine HolecekThis Act Locally Waco blog post was written by Christine Holecek. Christine is an Education Specialist at Education Service Center Region 12 in Waco. She has worked in the area of Adult Education and Career & Technical Education for the past 25 years. She earned an AAS degree from MCC, a BAAS and Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Tarleton State University.

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Faith Community Health: Empowering Faith Communities with Sound Health Care Concepts

By Donna Stauber

Waco is witness to a new era in health care. A new ministry called Faith Community Health at Baylor Scott and White-Hillcrest is helping shift the paradigm of health care by combining the caring strengths of faith communities with the clinical expertise of health care providers to improve the health of our community.

Pastor readingBaylor Scott and White-Hillcrest is partnering with local faith communities to provide training and support to volunteer Faith Community Caregivers to attend to their neighbors and community members during the entire span they are receiving medical care. These volunteer Faith Community Caregivers are supported through the education they receive at a 6 hour training on personal boundaries, resources, and listening skills just to list a few of the training topics. This team works closely with health care providers and other community groups to ensure people receive the care and resources they need.

churchFaith Community Health operates according to four principles; Right Door, Right Time, Ready to be treated and Reassured-Not Alone. It aims to help to direct people to the Right Door, or avenue of care such as seeing a primary care physician, clinic, or outpatient center in the hospital. It urges people to seek treatment at the Right Time, learning the importance of preventative care and how to recognize symptoms earlier. It also helps those needing medical treatment understand what they need and why so they can be Ready to be Treated. Finally it Reassures those facing health issues they are Not Alone. Facing illness can cause feelings of anxiety, isolation or fear. Faith Community Health not only provides support in physical healing but also the support of a calm presence during trying times.

ladiesDonna Stauber, Ph.D., Program Manager, Innovations, Spiritual Care Delivery, is exploring the ways Faith Community Health can best serve the Waco area. For the past few months, Stauber has been training volunteers to be Faith Community Caregivers around the Waco area. Pictured above is the training at Family of Faith Worship Center in North Waco. For more information or how to receive training for your church, contact Dr. Stauber by email at or by phone at 254-855-0579.


Donna StauberDonna Stauber has over 25 years of experience in health education, nutrition, wellness, leadership development and motivation. Presently as Program Manager, Innovations, Spiritual Care Delivery for the Baylor S&W System, she is working at her dream job of connecting faith communities with healthcare. Donna also teaches as adjunct faculty for the department of Health and Human Services at Baylor University. She has three children and 9 grandchildren and has been married to her best friend George for 28 years and loves to fish, bird watch, float, and farm.

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