Support the building of Valentin Jalomo Field at Pilgrim Academy in Houston ISD

Support the building of Valentin Jalomo Field at Pilgrim Academy in Houston ISD

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Logan Faron started this petition to houston isd

This past January, Houston mourned the passing of a dedicated educator and Astros super fan Valentin Jalomo. Mr. Jalomo worked in the Houston Independent School District for 33 years and positively impacted the lives of many kids. Many Houstonians better know him as a familiar presence at Astros home games. Whether we knew him personally or as a friendly face at Minute Maid Park, we know Mr. Jalomo made a difference in the lives of many and we want to honor his legacy in education and baseball with the creation of Valentin Jalomo field at Pilgrim Academy.

Mr. Jalomo came out of retirement to join the faculty at Pilgrim full time with the support of Principal Diana Castillo. His time at Pilgrim was a capstone to an incredible career. Today, Pilgrim Academy continues to operate as a pre-k to 8th grade school on the city’s southwest side. Pilgrim is an award winning Title I school that serves many at-risk students. The school has developed many community partnerships to better serve its families and is always trying to improve its students educational and extracurricular offerings.

Beginning in 2018, Pilgrim began offering its middle schoolers a chance to play both baseball and softball. Although most students had no prior experience playing, the teams have been popular and provide students with a richer school experience. Baseball teaches hard work, attention to detail, patience, and teamwork and our students learn important life skills as a result.

However one major problem the sports program faces is a lack of space. Pilgrim also has both boys and girls soccer teams as well and all the athletes have to use one general green space that is not developed for any particular sport.

A few years ago HISD purchased a lot adjacent to the school’s soccer field. The student-athletes of Pilgrim Academy need a dedicated space for baseball and softball. We are seeking to gather community support for the creation of Valentin Jalomo Field at Pilgrim Academy.

In order for this to happen we need the technical and design knowledge to transform the adjacent lot, the financial support to build it, and the support of Astros nation to make it happen. We can all learn a lot about what is really important in life from Mr. Jalomo. Value the education of your children, don’t be afraid to stand out in a crowd, be proud of where you are from, and in such a busy world make sure you spend quality time with the people and things you care about.

Thank you for your support.

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