From the Director’s Chair

Greetings DECATS Families!

The last week of DECATS has been amazing as we have concluded our time “Diving Deeper” together. I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for entrusting us with the care and well-being of your children this summer. It has been an absolute joy to watch them learn and grow. We know our Scholars will take all that they have learned and go out and make a difference in the world.

The Scholars were very busy this week completing culminating activities in their courses. Our Manners Scholars showcased their dining etiquette and social skills during our luncheon at the DECATS Café. Executive Functioning Scholars put their skills to the test in a wide variety of engaging activities. Wellness Scholars completed activities which demonstrated their growth in understanding of physical and mental wellness. Scholars in Values and Morals completed their give back project and served the Manners Scholars during the luncheon.

Our Closing Celebration was filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and endless joy as we completed another successful summer at DECATS! The stone jars, celebrating acts of kindness, creative and critical thinking, and leadership were overflowing. Our Scholars embraced the Works of Mercy, through feeding the poor, by generously supporting the Values and Morals give back project through a food drive collection for St. Vincent de Paul. We collected over 500 items to support this ministry.

We would love for you to share with us your feedback and evaluation of this year’s program via our Scholar and Parent Evaluations. We ask that you take the time to reflect and work with your Scholar to complete this together. We are so very grateful for your reflections, suggestions and ideas as they are crucial to our continued growth and success. Our Director team reads each one and considers changes accordingly. It makes us better each year. Both the Parent Evaluation and Scholar Evaluation are available to you on the checklist in your myStatus portal.

Has DECATS been a positive, meaningful experience for your child? We encourage parents and Scholars to send thank you letters to DeBusk Foundation, as its team enjoys hearing about the experiences your Scholars had during DECATS. You may send your correspondences electronically via the form on the homepage in your myStatus portal.

You can help us continue to make a difference by contributing to the DECATS Scholarship Fund. Our program in Houston began 29 years ago with its first gift from Mr. Manuel DeBusk and his foundation’s ongoing commitment to fund programming for gifted children in Texas. We humbly ask you to prayerfully consider helping continue Mr. DeBusk’s legacy with a tax-deductible donation. Corporate matching gifts are a great way to maximize a personal contribution to our tuition assistance program.

It’s a bittersweet moment as we say goodbye, but we know that lifelong friendships and memories have been made. Wishing all of you a blessed summer!

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Kendall Shamas
Program Director, St. Anne

Dr. Kendall Shamas
Dr. Kendall ShamasProgram Director, St. Anne