By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
As originally published in Texas Border Business newsprint edition December 2018
Great things are happening in Lasara, Texas. The most impressive gathering of community members of Lasara took place for a ribbon cutting ceremony to especially thank two Valley companies for their contribution to this town. Lasara is a small community that was laid out in 1924 and named after Laura Harding and Sarah Gill; they were the wives of early settlers William Harding and Lamar Gill.
Magic Valley Electric Coop (MVEC) and Noble Charities Foundation participated in this important celebration at the Pablo G. Contreras Park in Lasara, Texas.
Today, Lasara continues to be a small community with great people that welcome visitors with a smile.
Magic Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC), Noble Texas Builders, and Noble Charities Foundation worked on the expansion of the park project to make a real difference for children of Lasara. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on October 31, 2018, and it was Sara Alvarado, Lasara ISD Superintendent, who thanked the officers and staff of these generous companies.
Luis Reyes, Communications Manager for Magic Valley Electric Cooperative, invited Ms. Alvarado to the podium and she said, “Good morning and welcome to Lasara. On behalf of Lasara, the Lasara school board, and three of my seven awesome bosses, students and staff, and the entire community… I want to take this opportunity to thank Magic Valley Electric Cooperative and Noble for this beautiful addition to our Pablo Contreras Park, our playground and water fountain.”
MVEC led the initiative and invited Noble to collaborate and make the playground with a water fountain at this park a reality. The park had been renamed by the city commission on August 11, 2016, from Lasara Park to Pablo G. Contreras Community Park; he was a Vietnam soldier killed in action.
Noble’s participation was donating resources and time to help build the playground in Lasara. Both companies’ mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities throughout South Texas.
According to Alvarado, the children of Lasara use this park every day during the summer. “All day every day; this park is the hub, the center of our school district, and the center of our community as well. Here is where the students gravitate to play and exercise.”
She also said that when they were approached by MVEC, she thought that this was going to be a wonderful activity for students and the community. “We held an essay contest; the students wrote some essays, and then a year and a half later we have this beautiful addition to our park.”
“I want to thank once again Magic Valley Electric Coop. and Noble, and the awesome staff who have been wonderful to our community and our district. We hope to continue our partnership and education with all of you. Thank you!” Alvarado concluded.