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Good things going around all of the Permian Basin

Posted on October 25, 2018

Folks around Odessa are doing great things. We are not surprised and we bet you aren’t either.

A couple of thumbs up to those out helping others in our fair city:

Thumbs up to Al Lara of Al’s Complete Auto Repair. Lara took the time to not just worry about bullying but to help do something to combat it.

He contacted the ECISD communications department and asked how he could organize an anti-bullying event. He eventually worked with the Maravilla Car Club to host a car show that raised the money to bring in well-known anti-bullying speaker Keith Deltano.

Deltano spoke Friday at Travis Elementary and then to the Ector College Prep Success Academy.

Deltano is a former teacher who uses his own story as the basis for his presentations. He uses humor to engage students and teachers, and takes the approach of addressing the mindset of the bully as well as the victim, a news release said.

With October being National Bullying Prevention Month, we thank Lara for making sure that the students at both Travis and ECPSA were able to hear his inspirational message.

Thumb’s up to Falcon Early College High School teacher Elizabeth Gray for organizing a Gofundme to raise funds for a junior at her school. Find the Gofundme at

“This is such a tragedy for our student, and I just wanted him to know that his Falcon family was there for him and could help in some way,” Gray said.

Thanks so much to Gray for her caring and being an example to both her students and the community. We also thank those in law enforcement who are working to stop street racing in Odessa, which caused the accident that killed the family members and another.

Another separate Gofundme has been started benefiting the Delagarza family as well, by the friends and co-workers of Kassandra Delagarza, that has raised almost $7,000 so far. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Odessa also helped raise money for the family Thursday by selling brisket plates. What a testament to our community that folks join together to help ease the financial burden of losing three family members.

Thumbs up to the Medical Center Health System for “adopting” a couple of ECISD campuses. That adoption recently featured a big treat for students. Bowie Middle School students were able to watch the da Vinci Xi surgical robot work on a computer screen. Medical Center Hospital System personnel brought a daVinci Xi surgical robot to the school and each student got a chance to operate the machine on a model. The robot is designed to perform minimally invasive surgery.

What a boost to students! What a wonderful thing to see in our community when health workers will give of their time to encourage and teach students about their careers.

Good things! All around us.