Purpose of Bright Spots Award
The mission of the Human Rights Commission is to cultivate a just and inclusive community where diversity is valued and human rights are respected. As a welcoming community, our goal is to bring residents together in a spirit of unity, to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. The vision of Austin Aspires is that Austin will be recognized as a leader in education with a culture of educational excellence, cradle to career, embraced in every aspect of our community. In addition, we have the aspirational goal that our community will address social, emotional, mental and physical barriers to success for all learners.
Therefore, we are pleased to co-sponsor the Austin Bright Spots Award. Recipients of the “Bright Spots” award are teachers, community members, organizations, or businesses who demonstrate commitment to students in Austin. Recipients will be nominated and selected by the Austin Aspires Student Advisory Board consisting of High School students from Austin Public and Pacelli Catholic Schools.
A “Bright Spots” recipient is a person/business/organization who demonstrates:
• Compassion and availability – shows care and concern, engaged and accessible • Support and inspiration – provides encouragement or emotional help • Welcome and approachability - reacts to students with enjoyment and approval, friendly and easy to talk to.

Austin Aspires Poster Contest
And the winners are......


 If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers.  Austin Aspires in collaboration with Austin Public and Pacelli Catholic Schools are put together a positive attendance campaign in our community. September 2017 was designated as Attendance Awareness month. As part of this contest we would like to use student created posters to promote school attendance in the community. We are asking students in grades K,3,5, and 7 to participate. One winner will be selected from each school. We had some wonderful entries! 

Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow


Our community will address social, emotional, mental and physical barriers to success for all learners

Bright Spots Award

2018 Bright Spots Award Winners


Keith Cich - Riverland
Cori McRae - APS
Todd Johnson - APS
Roger Staupe - Pacelli
Kyle Keenan - Coffee House on Main
Brandon and Nikki Harrison - Cornerstone Church


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