Galveston College’s radiography students are being exposed to a real-work training regime following the installation of more than $100,000 worth of new hospital-standard equipment, including x-ray machines and two digital radiography room simulators, thanks in large part to an $85,000 Moody Endowment grant. From left with one of the new machines are the college’s radiography program director, Daniel Fink, and second-year applied-science associate-degree students Lori Garcia and Cole Kneblik. – Photo courtesy Galveston College

Homeless and other poverty-stricken folks in Galveston have a bit more spring in their step after a sock drive by the youngsters of the city’s Cub Scout pack 120 at UTMB, Mod Coffeehouse and Sunflower Bakery ended with a presentation of the socks to Salvation Army lieutenant Kenny Jones for distribution by the Army’s island branch. With Jones at the presentation are, from left, Jennifer and Camden Barrows, Schyler, Matt and Reese Catron, Donovan Sealy and Jefferson and JJ Gaskin.

When golfers turn out to play in this year’s Keep Kids In School tournament on April 10, they’ll tee off from a great start. That’s because Texas-City-based engineering consultancy Jacobs has already donated $5,000 to the fundraiser for nonprofit Communities In Schools-Bay Area, which helps students in Clear Creek and Dickinson school districts. Since 2006, Jacobs, an Adopt-A-School partner to Clear Creek intermediate school, has donated more than $35,000 to the CIS Bay Area program. From left, the firm’s deputy general manager Joy Kelly and general manager Lon Miller present its check to CIS executive director Peter Wuenschel. – Photo courtesy CIS Bay Area

Two county residents were among the hosts when representatives from all levels of educational establishment flocked to University Of Houston Clear Lake to help formulate ideas for beginning professional certification of teachers of three-year-olds for the Texas education agency. The university’s early childhood education program director, Shanna Graves of Dickinson, and special education lecturer Elizabeth Beavers of League City helped lead a town-hall meeting at which TEA executive Marnie Glaser led the discussion. From left are college educators Mark Shermis, Joan Pedro and Rebecca Huss-Keeler, Glaser, Graves, Beavers and fellow college educators Amber Brown and Preeti Jain. Photo Courtesy UHCL

Donald Farmer and Warren Longmire were just two of several members of the county’s banking and government royalty who turned out to help the celebrations along when the Santa Fe branch of Texas First Bank chalked up its 40th anniversary recently. Along with the bank’s founding board members were its chairman emeritus Chuck Doyle, president and chief executive Chris Doyle and US congressman Randy Weber, Santa Fe mayor Jeff Tambrella and city manager Joe Dickson and Texas City mayor Matt Doyle.Photo David Day