The Third Annual Summer Camp Expo, which is sponsored by Humble Parents for Gifted & Talented (PFGT), will take place Friday, Jan. 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Creekwood Middle School commons area. The free event will culminate with a keynote speaker in the auditorium. The Humble PFGT Summer Camp Expo will allow parents to get a jump start on registrations, which often require early applications. The Texas Association for Gifted and Talented offers scholarships up to $400 for applicants, with a deadline of March 1. Many of the camps represented at the expo cater to gifted children only, but there are many local camps represented who serve all children, such as Kids in Action, Chef2B, Lone Star College-Kingwood Discovery Camps and Kingwood Montessori Art Camp. The Center for Talent Development, Davidson Institute for Talent Development and many more will be represented. The guest speaker is nationally renowned Dr. Richard Cash, author of “Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century.” He will broach the topic, “Tips on Curbing Underachievement in Middle School and Beyond.” Through her work with Humble PFGT, Andrea Badot recently was granted the Texas Association of Gifted & Talented Parent of the Year Award for 2011. “Almost two years ago Andrea Badot began her quest to improve the lives and education of gifted and talented students. It was no surprise that the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented recognized her this last year for Parent of the Region for the work she did in revitalizing Parents For Gifted and Talented,” said past president Lori Lewis. “We were totally thrilled when we found out she got state parent of the year. I was so proud to cheer for Andrea and her accomplishments in Austin this December. If any parent wants to get involved and learn more about helping their own children, I encourage them to call Andrea. She is a shining star in Texas!” Badot is a 12-year Kingwood resident, small business owner of aspenleafphotgraphy.com and mother of two. “I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate that my award is really more about our parent group demanding excellence in education, not about me,” said Badot. “We will continue to support the district in their endeavors to provide the best possible education to all students, recognizing that the most advanced students have the right to struggle and be pushed beyond the basic requirements.” Badot, along with a group of dedicated and passionate parent advocates for gifted education, reformed the Humble PFGT. The group has worked with Humble ISD to place renewed emphasis on meeting the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted students. During the 2010-2011 school year, PFGT was instrumental in conducting a gap analysis to assess district compliance to the Texas State Plan for Gifted & Talented. According to Badot, the gap analysis demonstrated in an objective manner the areas in which the district is in compliance and where improvements need to be made. “In addition, our group met with the auditors of Phi Delta Kappa International during the curriculum audit in the spring of 2011 in order to bring specific needs to their attention,” said Badot. “For the 2011-2012 school year, PFGT has focused efforts on monthly events pulling children and parents together for a fun activity,” Badot continued. “So far, we have had a geocaching event, mini science expo, a night at the Insperity Observatory and cookie decorating. In January, we have our third annual summer camp expo at Creekwood Middle School. In the spring, we expect to have some nationally recognized speakers, such as Dr. James Delisle, author of ‘Parenting Gifted Kids,’ In order to support local parents, PFGT sponsored Lori Lewis’ certification as a SENG (Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted) Parent Support Group leader. Mrs. Lewis is running two support groups simultaneously, which began January 6.” According to Lewis, SENG Model Parent Support Groups establish an environment in which parents of bright/gifted/talented can receive support, guidance and professional advice through discussion with other parents and trained leaders. The focus is on developing parenting skills to nurture the self-concept and emotional development of children and their families. The SENG groups meet once a week for 90 minutes for eight weeks, and the fee for the class is $125 per family, which includes all books and materials. For more information regarding the SENG groups and future sessions, contact Lewis by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or call 713-855-1199. For more information about the Humble PFGT Summer Camp Expo event, contact Andrea Badot at 281-360-3788 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CMS is located at 3603 W. Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood. Photo: Lori Lewis, left, and Andrea Badot of the Humble Parents for Gifted & Talented are spreading the word about Summer Camp Expo happening on Jan. 27, and about SENG groups. Photo by Trilla Cook

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