Savannah Rangel Named Mansfield Kiwanis’ Student of Month for February 2018

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was honored to recognize its Student of the Month for February 2018 – Savannah Rangel.  Savannah is a senior at Venus High School; maintains an estimated GPA of 3.3 and is currently ranked 49th in her class.

Savannah is the definition of a “student athlete” as she represents the Venus High School Bulldogs on the varsity volleyball team, the varsity basketball team, and the varsity softball team.  She is also preparing for the start of track season.  Savannah was recognized for inclusion on the an Honorable Mention All State 4A Volleyball Team and the All State Academic 4A Volleyball Team.

In her spare time away from varsity sports, Savannah spends time with her family and time at the Venus Fire Station where her mother is a firefighter.  Following graduation from high school, Savannah plans to enlist in the US Air Force and become an Air Medic Specialist.  Her long range goals also include attending college.  Although Savannah isn’t sure which college she will eventually attend, she does admit to being a huge fan of Baylor University.

Also attending the Mansfield Kiwanis’ breakfast honoring Savannah were her parents, Jaime and Jayson DeLeon, the Venus High School Principal, Randall Buck, and the Venus High School Key Club Faculty Advisor, Ryan Bailey.

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield is honored to recognize Savannah as the February 2018 Student of the Month.  We expect Savannah to accomplish great things and wish her all the best in all of her future endeavors.

Mary Acosta Recognized as Mansfield Kiwanis February 2018 Teacher of the Month

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was thrilled to recognize our Teacher of the Month for February 2018 – Mary Costa – at our meeting on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Ms. Costa is the PE Teacher at Martha Reid Leadership Academy.  Martha Reid Leadership Academy serves students from Pre-K through 4th Grade.

Ms. Costa has been an educator for a little over 25 years and has been with Mansfield ISD for approximately 17 years.  Four years ago Ms. Costa transitioned from a “traditional” classroom to the PE Classroom and has never looked back.

After taking over as the PE Teacher at Reid, Ms. Costa introduced Athletes in Action.  With Athletes in Action, Ms. Costa partnered with coaches from Mansfield High School for high school students to travel to Martha Reid Leadership Academy to mentor and work with the students at Reid.  Ms. Costa shared some inspirational stories of the elementary aged students looking up to their high school mentors and the amount of respect the high school students had for the elementary students.

Ms. Costa also shared a quick and funny story about “running” into a “former student” from her early years teaching elementary school in Abilene.  Ironically, she ran into this “former student” on a Disney Cruise.

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield is honored to recognize Ms. Costa as the teacher of the month for February 2018.  Even in the limited amount of time afforded during the presentation of the award, it was clear the love and passion Ms. Costa has for her students.  Thank you Ms. Costa for your service and dedication to the students of Marth Reid Leadership Academy!

Key Club and Mansfield Kiwanis Rock Water Station #4 at Mansfield Run With Heart

by Greg Barberee 

The storm clouds rolled out of Mansfield around 7:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018, just as members of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield arrived to set up Water Station #4 for the Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart.  The Club’s water station this year was located at the intersection of E. Dallas RD and Price Street and situated at approximately Mile 5 and Mile 9 on the Run With Heart’s Half Marathon Route.

Club Members, Steve Hallford, Darryl Haynes, Danny Boyer, Jerry Gray, Todd Simmons and Greg Barberee all volunteered during the Run with Heart.  Club members stationed at Water Station #4 were privileged to volunteer with members of the Key Clubs from Lake Ridge HS, Legacy HS, Mansfield HS and Summit HS.  We were also joined this year by volunteers from Texas Trust Credit Union.

The Key Club members kept all runners and volunteers entertained during the event with their enthusiasm and service.  Additionally, one of the Key Club members hooked up a Bluetooth speaker and was playing 70’s and 80’s classic rock.  As you can imagine, before long, the Key Club members were having dance contests and signing right along.

If you missed out on the opportunity to volunteer this year, you really missed out on a great opportunity to serve with members of our Key Clubs.  Once again, their dedication and service to their school and community is extraordinary.  As a Kiwanis Club, we are honored to have the opportunity to sponsor Key Clubs filled with such amazing students.  If the actions and dedication of these students is any indicator of the future then Key Club and Kiwanis and in very good and capable hands.

In addition to volunteering on the day of the run, many Club members volunteered on the Friday before the run to register runners and distribute runner packets.  The Club would like to thank Todd Simmons, Darryl Haynes, Jerry Cloud, Greg Barberee, Mike Crippen, Cynthia Garcia, Danny Boyer and Brent Dalley for assisting with Friday evening’s packet pickup and registration.  The Club would also like to recognize Todd Simmons for representing our Club on the Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart’s steering committee.  Thank you for your service Todd!

Please visit our online album to see the great pictures from Saturday!  Thank you Darryl for the pictures!

Volunteers Needed for Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart

by Greg Barberee 

Why Should you Volunteer to handout water at the Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart?

The Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart is a run event that consists of a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, a 5K, and a half marathon.  The variety of distances provides an event for virtually anyone and everyone that wants to participate.

The Run with Heart was started by Methodist Mansfield Medical Center approximately 4 years ago with the purpose of raising funds and awareness for cardiac services at the hospital.  The Run with Heart continues today not only with that purpose but to also to honor those living with heart disease, their loved ones and emergency responders.

What is Heart Disease?

According to the Mayo Clinic, heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects), among others.

 The term “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease.” Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.
Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Heart disease symptoms depend on what type of heart disease you have. Cardiovascular disease symptoms may be different for men and women. For instance, men are more likely to have chest pain; women are more likely to have other symptoms along with chest discomfort, such as shortness of breath, nausea and extreme fatigue.

When should you see a doctor?

Seek emergency medical care if you have these heart disease symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting

Heart disease is easier to treat when detected early, so talk to your doctor about your concerns regarding your heart health. If you’re concerned about developing heart disease, talk to your doctor about steps you can take to reduce your heart disease risk. This is especially important if you have a family history of heart disease.

If you think you may have heart disease, based on new signs or symptoms you’re having, make an appointment to see your doctor.

How can you volunteer for the Run with Heart?

Our Club will be staffing Water Station No. 4 located at approximately 400 Price Street at the St. Jude Education Center.  Please park at St. Jude Catholic Church and arrive on Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 AM for set up.  We should expect our fist runners in the half marathon at approximately 7:45 AM with the last runners passing our station around 11:15 AM.  If you are volunteering, please register to volunteer with the race at: