From the Director’s Chair

Greetings, DECATS Families!

The final week of our program is always filled with many experiences, such as course presentations and the culmination of our service project. Our community gathered over 300 pet toys and several pounds of pet food to donate to SPCA Houston! During Thursday’s Closing Celebration, our Scholars explored their creativity together and developed a powerful performance that was a wonderful display of critical thinking and leadership.

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your Scholar’s growth this summer. I pray that all the Scholars walk away from DECATS with an experience that has made a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

A crucial component in improving the DECATS experience for future Scholars is the feedback we receive from you. Your feedback is critical to the success of our future programs. Both the Parent Evaluation and Scholar Evaluation are available to you on the checklist in your myStatus portal. We would love to hear from you and your Scholar about their DECATS experience!

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 30 years ago with its first gift from 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.

Our time at DECATS 2024 was filled with excitement and exploration, and we eagerly await your return next June!

With gratitude,

Dr. Tonya Dixon
Program Director, Incarnate Word

Dr. Tonya Dixon
Dr. Tonya DixonProgram Director, Incarnate Word