Curriculum designers explore challenges of virtual fall semester

There are new reasons to have back-to-school jitters this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed Rio Grande Valley school districts to a virtual fall semester,...

Edinburg’s Matt Castillo to release new country album in the fall

Artist Matt Castillo is combining the flavors of South Texas in “How The River Flows,” his upcoming 12-song album recorded in Nashville. Born in Austin and raised in Edinburg, Castillo explained “How The River Flows” is about living in the state Capitol and the Rio Grande Valley, and all the life lessons his family taught him during his upbringing. “I really wanted to pay homage to them and say thank you,” he said. “We took a chance on a lot of things on this album... being patient with these songs.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

U.S. Capitol to display Edinburg student’s artwork

Gabrielle Garcia believes she is not very good at expressing herself with words. She just lets her art do all the talking. The Edinburg North High School sophomore won the Artistics Discovery contest, a nationwide high school art competition. Her artwork, “We Have Become Something Else,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Garcia explained the meaning behind her piece, a drawing made with color pencils. Read the full story at themonitor.com

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