ARCHIVE: Summit Christian Academy Students Brighten Lives of Children in Haiti

Story by Pamela Price

 Originally printed in May 2010 issue of Leon Springs Community News

In the wake of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake in February, one small local school challenged students to think imaginatively about how they could help survivors.

“We don’t like to sell stuff to raise funds because that gets really old, so we asked our students to create ways to give of themselves,” said Shantel Leininger, marketing coordinator for Summit Christian Academy. “We also asked the kids how many of them slept in a bed last night, and then we told them how many children in Haiti had slept in the mud, on the ground.”

Recalling her reaction to learning about the many lives lost and uprooted by the tragedy, kindergarten student Grace Doss replied, “I felt really, really sad and we were praying for them.”

“We challenged the children to go home and ask for extra chores, offer to mow neighbors lawns and pull weeds,” said Leininger. “Then, rather than taking the money for themselves, we encouraged them to donate the funds.”

Doss donated all of her chore money, earned from helping with laundry and yard work. Her parents matched her $15 donation. Other students also asked their parents to reallocate money for family dinners out and ice cream shop trips to help Haitian children, too. Continue reading “ARCHIVE: Summit Christian Academy Students Brighten Lives of Children in Haiti”

Entrepreneurs Find Success in Diverse Economy


Story and photos by Pamela Price

Originally printed in April 2010 issue of Leon Springs Community News

Rick and Kat Pennington, Rickati's Espresso and Gelato Shop


Sixteen years ago a Dallas Morning News journalist described Leon Springs as “not so much a town as a laboratory.”

The writer went on to relate how then-upstarts Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q and the first Romano’s Macaroni Grill were running full-tilt on the IH-10 frontage road, attracting an estimated 15,000 visitors each weekend. Although the Macaroni Grill location closed in the late ‘90s (The Grill at Leon Springs has since opened in its place), both then-young businesses mentioned in the story went on to greater success—and franchising. 

Mike Taylor, Leon Springs Business Association president, recalls dining at Phil Romano’s Italian restaurant. “Going to the chain-style versions today is not the same. It did have a real country store, family flavor and of course waiting for a table was never an issue because the wine flowed ‘freely.’”

Taylor regrets that kind of local story isn’t more top-of-mind for residents, especially given how businesses and entrepreneurs past helped shape the community today. “I would personally like to see Leon Springs devote more attention to recalling its history,” Taylor says. “I think everyone on our board would welcome any organization to work with us to put some of the history back into our community.” Continue reading “Entrepreneurs Find Success in Diverse Economy”

The Seeds of Synergy


This story appeared in the 16 July 2009 issue of Northwest Weekly.

The Seeds of Synergy

Northwest Side farmers markets join forces

Story by Pamela Price

San Antonio has been a little behind in providing its citizens with farmers markets and roadside stands featuring an abundance of local goods – especially when compared to communities like Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago. In the last couple of years, however, inroads have been made. For example, there’s the new and much-lauded Pearl Brewery complex farmers market that brings a variety of fresh foods into the city’s center.

Up near the NW Bexar County line, a tiny cluster of markets has taken root with far less fanfare than the one found at the brewery. Yes, while urbanites waited for a market to arrive this spring, a few folks on the outskirts took matters into their own hands. (Read more)