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Newsletter: Good things are happening here

Conflict and negativity often dominate the headlines these days. But right here in San Antonio, people are working together to make a very positive impact on this community.

On Wednesday, my daughter Robyn and I stopped by the McDonald's on Austin Highway to make a donation to the Stuff the Bus school-supply drive sponsored by Communities in Schools of San Antonio. This important event helps ensure that local students will be equipped for a successful and productive school year, and it's one of many ways that Communities in Schools serves students in need throughout the year. Thank you to the many businesses that have hosted donation drives in recent days, as well as everyone who has taken the time to donate school supplies.

Also Wednesday, I had the chance to visit with leaders of Autism Lifeline Links, which is a collaboration of community groups serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. These groups are working together to serve thousands of people in San Antonio in new and innovative ways. Among other issues, we talked about steps that the Legislature can take to help Texans with ASD get the services they need.

At a time when there is so much emphasis on division and conflict, it's important to remember that people are working together every day to make San Antonio a better place to live, for children and adults. Thank you to everyone who gives of your time and energy to make our community even stronger.