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TEACHERS’ TOP CONCERNS According to a survey conducted by the Texas American Federation of Teachers last fall, 66% of teachers had considered leaving public education over the last year. SOURCE: TEXAS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Cy-Fair ISD faces personnel shortages About 66% of teachers across the state considered leaving their jobs last year, according to a November sur- vey from the Texas American Federation of Teachers union. While stang shortages in Cy-Fair ISD have been an issue for years with nearly 800 vacancies districtwide at the start of the 2019-20 school year, CFISD ocials said the COVID-19 pandemic has exac- erbated these issues. The district’s greatest needs are classroom teachers, special BY MIKAH BOYD CONTINUED ON 30

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The COVID19 pandemic led to an increase in teacher vacancies with 315 districtwide as of March. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Opioid overdose rates have risen in Cy-Fair and across Texas since the pan- demic began in 2020, and local enti- ties are working to prevent addiction. Justin Reed, assistant chief of emer- gency medical services for the Cy-Fair Fire Department, said the number of opioid overdoses requiring interven- tions in the department’s service area has risen by about 125% since 2018. Statewide, data from the National Center for Health Statistics has shown CONTINUED ON 32 Opioid overdoses on rise in Cy-Fair as pandemic complicates recovery BY DANICA LLOYD & JISHNU NAIR OVERDOSES Opioid The average monthly number of opioid overdoses requiring intervention by the Cy-Fair Fire Department has increased by about 125% since 2018. SOURCE: CYFAIR FIRE DEPARTMENTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 0 100 2018 2021 2020 200 300 264 2019 135 117 157

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Houston, where Bahama Buck’s was for- merly located. In addition to an extensive coffee and tea menu, the shop also serves baked goods and breakfast items. www.unclebeanscoffee.com 5 Biderman’s Deli opened a new location in early February at 110 Vintage Park Blvd., Ste. Q, Hous- ton. This is the third storefront for the Texas-based, Jewish-inspired deli, which features housemade bagels and classic deli sandwiches. The deli also offers a selection of salads, soups, breakfast items and desserts. 832-559-3905. www.bidermansdeli.com/vintage-park

rant and offers a casual dining expe- rience for shoppers. 832-952-3499. www.longhornsteakhouse.com 3 Orlando-based Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is bringing two new locations to the Cypress area. The first opened March 15 at 3A 14119 Grant Road, Ste. 100, Cypress. Another location will be opening later this year at 3B 7918 Fry Road, Cypress. Both locations will feature Jer- emiah’s Italian Ice and soft serve; there are 40 flavors in rotation at all stores. www.jeremiahsice.com 4 Uncle Bean’s Coffee opened a new storefront March 18 at 12105 Jones Road,

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COMING SOON 11 A new Tesla service and sales center is under construction at 19820 Hempstead Hwy., Houston. The electric vehicle company is based in the Austin area. Filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation report the 87,245-square-foot service center will be used for Tesla sales and vehicle service. www.tesla.com 12 The Boardwalk at Towne Lake will soon welcome Passerella , a new Italian eatery, at 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 122, Cypress. Passerella will feature a “sea- food-forward” menu and will highlight Italian cuisine, such as homemade pastas, pizzas and an extensive wine list. Executive Chef Edward Roberts will lead the kitchen, officials said in a news release. An official opening date has yet to be announced. 713-668-6029. www.gr8plate.com 13 Local hibachi catering service JoeOne Hibachi will be opening its first storefront location in April. JoeOne Hibachi Go will be located at 15626 Cypress Rosehill Road, Ste. 400, Cypress. The location will offer hibachi, sushi and noodles. 832-653-3784. www.joeonehibachigo.com 14 A new location of YogaSix will open at 9822 Fry Road, Ste. 150, Cypress. YogaSix offers six core classes from hot yoga to a slow flow experience. The new location is projected to hold a grand opening at the end of April. 346-980- 4044. www.yogasix.com/cypress-creek

15 Clean Juice is slated to open in late April or early May at 25672 Hwy. 290, Ste. B, Cypress. In addition to organic cold-pressed juices, the shop will offer smoothies, acai bowls, salads, sandwich- es and wraps, among other healthy items, according to owner Ray Pikulski. 713-823-2224. www.cleanjuice.com 16 Miami-based P.Pole Pizza is set to open its first Texas location in May at 12344 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 140, Cypress. The menu features rectan- gle-shaped pizzas diners can customize 17 Cold Stone Creamery will soon open a new location at 28902 Hwy. 290, Ste. A09, Cypress. The shop offers a variety of frozen treats, including ice cream cakes. A firm opening timeline has not been set as of press time. 281-789-4963. www.coldstonecreamery.com 18 Fuddruckers will open a new lo- cation inside Willowbrook Mall, located at 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. According to a news release, build-out is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2022. The eatery is known for its burgers and also has a menu of hot dogs, chicken tenders, veggie burgers, salads and milkshakes. www.fuddruckers.com with fresh ingredients. www.ppolepizza.com 19 The Living Legacy Center broke ground on its latest installation in the Oasis Gardens, the Victory Memorial Garden, in March. The garden will be situated on a 1,000-square-foot plot at 12527 Cypress N. Houston Road, Cypress. This addition will serve as a place to allow visitors to the center to re-

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FEATURED IMPACT EXPANSIONS The D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at 19915 Hwy. 249, Houston, has expanded to oer more activities for children and teens on the upper level of the building. This addition features a ninja training room, an esports area and a multipurpose room where children waiting for their parents to nish their workout can do crafts, play games or take advantage of podcasting booths. The ninja training space opened Jan. 11 and was followed by the opening of the esports room Jan. 17, ocials said. This expansion aims to provide the children member loved ones. 832-316-1505. www.livinglegacycenter.com EXPANSIONS 20 Officials with the Boardwalk at Towne Lake announced March 9 the reopening of MOD Pizza at 9925 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 146, Cypress, after closing for an expansion project. A pickup space for online orders, a shuffleboard ta- ble and new artwork were included in the makeover. The fast-casual eatery offers pizzas and salads, which can be custom- ized with more than 30 topping options. 832-220-4931. www.modpizza.com

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APRIL 02 SUPPORT A LOCAL NONPROFIT AT SPRINGFEST Local nonprofit Reach Unlimited is hosting its annual Springfest fundraiser for the Learning Activity Center. This year’s theme is “Rise Like a Phoenix” and will feature a walk-a-thon, carnival games, a game truck, vendors, live entertainment and a silent auction. Parking will be available at Lamkin Elementary School. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. 11832 Mueller Cemetery Road, Cypress. 281-213-8132. http://reachunlimited. networkforgood.com 05 ATTEND THE 25THANNUAL SALUTE TO THE STARS GALA The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation will celebrate Cy-Fair ISD’s Teacher of the Year honorees at the 25th anniversary of the event. The gala will include dinner, entertainment, an auction, drawings for honorees and a giveaway from Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union. 6 p.m. $500- $6,000 (sponsorship opportunities). Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-370-0144. www.thecfef.org 05 NETWORKAND LEARNAT SHIELD BEARER Sergeant John Klafka of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will make a presentation

on sexual assault in the Houston area. Breakfast will be served at the networking event, and a Zoom option is also available. Register at www.loom. ly/ZT2U9DI. 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Shield Bearer Counseling Services, 12337 Jones Road, Ste. 114, Houston. www.shieldbearer.org 07 GET TOKNOWTHE CY-FAIR WOMEN’S CLUB The Cy-Fair Women’s Club is celebrating 40 years of service to the community in 2022 and is hosting a social event for members and nonmembers. 6:30 p.m. Free (admission). HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress Conference Center, 21214 Hwy. 290, Cypress. http:// cy-fair-womens-club.portalbuzz.com 09 CELEBRATE FOUNDER’S DAY IN JERSEY VILLAGE The city of Jersey Village is hosting a carnival to celebrate Founder’s Day at Clark Henry Park. The evening will feature carnival rides, bingo, a cake walk and food and will conclude with a fireworks show. While various portions of the event are free, wristbands can be purchased to guarantee access to certain features. 4:30-9:30 p.m. $10- $40. Clark Henry Park, 7804 Equador St., Jersey Village. 713-466-2100. www.jerseyvillagetx.com/page/events. foundersday

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The Boys and Girls Country will hold its Spring Festival fundraiser at the end of April. Supporters of the organization and members of the community are invited to take part in the activities and games planned and visit vendor booths on-site. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 (ages 4 and under), $20 (ages 5 and up); food and activity tickets are $1 each. Boys and Girls Country, 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley. 281-351-4978. www.boysandgirlscountry.org (Courtesy Boys and Girls Country)

09 TAKE PART IN THE CFISD SUPERINTENDENT’S FUN RUN Cy-Fair ISD will hold the ninth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run at the Berry Center. The fun run has 5K and 1-mile options, and proceeds from the event go to scholarships for students and staff development grants. Registration is closed, but members of the community are encouraged to attend and cheer

on participants. 8 a.m. $10-$25. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-894-3950. www.cfisd.net 09 PEDAL FOR A PURPOSEWITH BOYS AND GIRLS COUNTRY Boys and Girls Country is hosting a bike ride fundraiser to benefit children from families in crisis. Cyclists can choose from the 23-mile, 46-mile or 63-mile routes; start times are staggered from

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28 FINDA JOB IN CY-FAIR ISD a career fair for those interested in working for CFISD. Preregistration is open online and is optional. Participants are required to bring a copy of their resume and certificate/ACP letter. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-897-4189. www.cfisd.net 29 ENJOYMOZART’S REQUIEM AND GJEILO The Houston Choral Society will perform Mozart’s “Requiem” and “Gjeilo.” Tickets are available now through the choral society’s website. 7:30 p.m. $15-$30. Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Road, Houston. 832-478-6986. The local school district is hosting www.houstonchoral.org 30 THROUGHMAY 1 GET FESTIVEWITH CHRIST THE REDEEMER CATHOLIC CHURCH All are welcome to the 37th annual Spring Festival at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. This event features live entertainment, food, silent and live auctions, bingo and other family activities. 6-11 p.m. (April 30), noon- 7 p.m. (May 1). Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Road, Houston. 281-469-5533. www.ctrcc.com/springfestival

7:30-8:30 a.m. 6:30 a.m. $40 (advance registration), $50 (on-site). Community of Faith, 16124 Becker Road, Hockley. 281-351-4978. www.boysandgirlscountry.org 12 VISIT LONE STAR COLLEGE’S OPENHOUSE All Lone Star College campuses will be holding open house activities. Visitors can learn about academic programs, student life organizations and workforce training offered through LSC and its campuses. 4-6 p.m. Free. Lone Star College-CyFair, 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-290-3200. www.lonestar.edu/openhouse 09 AND 16 PARTICIPATE INAN EASTER EGG HUNT The Foundry Church is holding an egg hunt on the church lawn ahead of Easter. After finding the eggs, participants can enjoy a petting zoo, a bounce house and a family photo booth. Cotton candy and drinks will also be available for $2. 10 a.m. (April 9 at Jones Road), 4 p.m. (April 16 at Fry Road). Free (admission). The Foundry Church, 8350 Jones Road, Houston; 10203 Fry Road, Cypress. 713-937-9388. www.foundrychurch.org

CYPRESS ALAMO Local nonprofit Cy-Hope’s mission is to make life better for kids in Cy-Fair. Several fundraising opportunities are planned for this spring. JERSEYMEADOWGOLF CLUB 8502 Rio Grande St., Jersey Village. 281-897-9200 www.thebackyardgrill.com APRIL 11 12715 Telge Road, Cypress 713-466-4673 www.cy-hope.org

APRIL 01 Cy-Hope is hosting a comedy night event at the Cypress Alamo featuring Comedy Sportz. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and tickets are available online. 7-10 p.m. $25 (per person), $125 (table of six). WESTSIDE SPORTING GROUNDS 10120 Pattison Road, Katy. www.cy-hope.org APRIL 06 There will be a clay shooting event to raise funds for Cy-Hope. Participants can register individually or in teams of four, and registration is available online. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20-$1,300.

The Backyard Grill is hosting its 20th annual BYG Bash Golf Tournament benefiting Cy-Hope and the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. The event is in a four-person scramble format with different sponsorship and player packages available. 11 a.m. (shotgun start). $30-$1,500. CY-HOPE 12715 Telge Road, Cypress 713-466-4673 www.cy-hope.org APRIL 29-30 Community members can peruse artisan vendor booths at the Cypress Market. The first day of the market is a VIP event, and the second day will be open to the public. 6:30-9:30 p.m. (April 29), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (April 30). $20 (VIP ticket). Free (admission Sat.).

Find more or submit Cy-Fair events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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lanes. The intersection also saw minor signal modifications added by Precinct 3 in early 2022. Cost: $250,000 Timeline: fourth quarter of 2021-first quarter of 2022 Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3 4 Fry Road intersection improvements The intersection of Fry Road at Longen- baugh Road recently had a southbound left-turn lane added for dual left turns. A northbound right-turn lane was also added alongside some traffic signal modifications. Cost: $510,000 Timeline: fourth quarter of 2021-first quarter of 2022 Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3 5 West Road intersection improvements Precinct 3 officials said the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of West Road and Miramesa Drive earlier this year will help control the flow of traffic. Cost: $220,000 Timeline: third quarter of 2021-first quarter of 2022 Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 3, Harris County Engineering Department

Harris County Precinct 3 is reconstructing Telge Road’s four-lane concrete boule- vard from Tuckerton Road to Moray View Drive to help the road withstand heavy truck traffic. The project is slated to wrap up in the coming months. Cost: $2 million Timeline: fourth quarter of 2020-second quarter of 2022 Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3 COMPLETED PROJECTS 2 West Road widening A project to add two more lanes to West Road from Woodson Terrace Drive to Greenhouse Road to complete the four- lane boulevard was completed earlier this year by Precinct 3. Cost: $1.9 million Timeline: fourth quarter of 2020-first quarter of 2022 Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3 3 Spring Cypress Road intersection improvements The intersection of Spring Cypress Road at Hwy. 290 was improved with the inclu- sion of a westbound right-turn lane and an extension of the pre-existing left-turn

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ELECTIONRESULTS

March 1 primary election outcomes

RESULTS BREAKDOWN For more election information, visit communityimpact.com . COMPILED BY DANICA LLOYD

Several Republican and Democratic candidates secured their place on the November general election ballot in the March 1 primaries. In races in which no candidate received 50% of the votes, the two with the most votes will head to a runo election May 24. Only contested races are shown below. SOURCES: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE, HARRIS COUNTY ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATORCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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29.5% Alexandra del Moral Mealer

22.25% Christian Collins 52.18% Morgan Luttrell 12.64% Jonathan Hullihan

66.38% Greg Abbott

XX.X% XXname nameXX 25.87% Vidal Marti ez 15.16% Martina Lemond Dixon

12.28% Allen B. West 11.98% Don Hunes 3.81% Chad Prather 3.2% Rick Perry 1.2% Kandy Kaye Horn 0.58% Paul Belew 0.55% Danny Harrison

2.42% Dan McKaughan

XX.X% XXname nameXX X 9.59% Randy Kubosh

2.34% Jessica Wellington 2.32% Candice C. Burrows 1.78% Chuck Montgomery

7.81% Warren A. Howell

4.28% Oscar Gonzales

XX.X% XXname nameXX 4.12% Robert Dorris

1.32% Michael Philips

2.51% George Harry Zoes

1.21% Jonathan A. Mitchell

XX.X% XXname nameXX X 1.17% H.Q. Bol nos

1.09% Betsy Bates

70.32% Lina Hidalgo

91.34% Beto O’Rourke

0.44% Taylor M. Whichard IV

14.75% Erica Davis 6.22% Georgia D. Provost

3.15% Joy Diaz 3.05% Michael Cooper 1.24% Rich Wakeland 1.22% Inocencio (Inno) Barrientez

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 38

55.32% Wesley Hunt

2.86% Kevin Howard 3.74% Maria Garcia 2.11% Ahmad R. “RobBeto” Hassan

30.33% Mark Ramsey

4.9% David Hogan

3.21% Roland Lopez

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Lone Star College Systemsees enrollment shifts Over the past five years, the Lone Star College System has seen a shift in the programs that students are seeking, including a 60% increase in business students, due to factors such as the coronavirus pandemic. Valerie Jones, associate vice business Associate of Arts or field of study category. In the fall 2021 semester, there were 2,893. “They are intending to be business majors at a university,” Jones said. “I saw that as a really telling increase as to where the market demand was for those students.” BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN “Students who take classes but do not intend to seek a credential are in the casual category,” Jones said. Enrollment data from LSCS shows “non-degree-seeking casual student” has become the third-most enrolled program over the past five years, following the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.

TOP TRANSFERS Students transfer from the LSCS to other universities after beginning their studies. Here are the places the largest numbers of LSCS students transferred to in 2021.

University of Houston

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SOURCE: LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 799 The University of Texas 1,191 University of Houston-Downtown 1,679 Texas A&M University 1,925 Sam Houston State University

chancellor of academic affairs at the LSCS, said incoming students have shown a greater interest in health care, education and business as fields for starting a career. Jones said the enrollment changes act as an indica- tor of where students are seeing the greatest financial value. Enrollment data provided by the LSCS shows the number of students seeking business degrees, either as an Associate of Arts degree or as a field of study, have increased by about 60% since 2017. In fall 2017, 1,808 students were enrolled in the

Jones noted there has also been increasing interest and demand in the LSCS nursing associate program. However, due to the limited number of spots available with hospital sys- tems for clinical sites, the enrollment cannot increase dramatically. “We have twice as many applicants as we have spots,” Jones said. According to the LSCS, the biggest change over the past five years has been the increase of non-degree-seeking casual students from 1,178 students in fall 2017 to 4,265 students in spring 2022.

The program enrollment changes are similar with surrounding uni- versities as well. Transfer data from 2021 indicates the top university that LSCS students go to is the University of Houston, and student headcount data shows the three largest changes in program enrollment are the Bache- lor of Science in health, teaching and learning, and computer science. The bachelor’s in health has seen the most growth since 2017, increasing from 302 to 1,158, a 283% increase.

Jones added the technical and business fields at the LSCS are continuing to grow, and programs such as business, cybersecurity and technology are also seeing increases.

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COMMUNITY

Cypress family fundraises to support former Ukrainian exchange student

BY MIKAH BOYD

were nearing safety after traveling through an area where Russia and Ukraine declared a cease re to escape their hometown. Traveling through these areas is still danger- ous, according to Kuchyk. “[Kuchyk’s] best friend’s in Mari- upol, [and] that’s the city everybody sees on the news right now. ... I’ve seen the toll it’s taken on her. I’ve seen when we have conversations together how exhausted she is just mentally and the anxiety of worrying for her mom, so I’m so excited her mom will be getting there, that we got her out,” Vitovsky said. Local eorts Vitovsky home-schools her twin sons, who have spent their free time making crafts to support Kuchyk since Feb. 28. “We’ll be going into our third week because I gave them a week o when [the war] started, and then we had school last week, but we were doing a lot in the afternoons and stu after the schoolwork was done,” Vitovsky said in a March 17 interview. The family has a Give Send Go account to help Kuchyk and her family with the costs of U.S. visas. As of March 23, the family had raised $7,105 of their $30,000 goal. The Vitovsky family plans to continue helping the rest of Kuchyk’s friends and relatives through fundraising. Within the coming weeks, Vitovsky said she is hoping to organize a bake sale and market event with Faireld Baptist Church to benet the Ukrainian family.

When Cypress resident Melanie Vitovsky rst heard of the crisis in Ukraine, she and her sons decided to make and sell crafts to raise money to support Adel Kuchyk, one of the family’s former exchange students. Kuchyk is fromMelitopol, Ukraine, and has escaped the violence there while her parents remain in dierent areas in Ukraine. Kuchyk, her younger brother and her ance made it to Lithuania after eeing Ukraine in early March and were provided with a studio apart- ment for the time being. “Some people were very kind to provide us this one-room apartment for free,” Kuchyk said. “We don’t really know for how long, but for now it’s free for us. So we are very, very grateful to have a place we can call home for now.” The kindness of their Lithuanian hosts has made a great dierence for the trio since they left with only the clothes on their backs. After arriving in Lithuania, Kuchyk learned the Ukrainian currency, hryvnias, has little value outside of Ukraine. The reduced value of the hryvnia has posed chal- lenges as Vitovsky tried to send aid to Kuchyk and ensure the funds came in the form of euros or U.S. dollars. Having found an eective way to wire money to Kuchyk, Vitovsky and her family continue to fundraise to support Kuchyk as well as her family and friends. Their goal was to get Kuchyk and her ance’s mothers out of the country and reunite them. As of March 17, the women

The Vitovsky family hosted Adel Kuchyk (left) in 201718. (Courtesy Melanie Vitovsky)

Adel Kuchyk is from Melitopol, Ukraine, but she lived with a local family in Cypress and attended Bridgeland High School in 2017-18, which is about 6,300 miles away. That family is now working to raise funds to support Kuchyk as she and her family attempt to remain safe while her city is occupied by Russians. LONGDISTANCE SUPPORT While Ukraine is slightly smaller than Texas , its population is 50% larger , according to the U.S. Census Bureau and The World Bank.

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The Vitovsky family has hosted 11 exchange students over the years and welcomed Kuchyk into their home during the 2017-18 school year. During her time in Cypress, Kuchyk attended Bridgeland High School, where she participated in journalism and the yearbook committee. Outside of school, she was also involved in the youth group at Fair- eld Baptist Church and gave back to the community that welcomed her through community service,

including during Hurricane Harvey. Vitovsky said she has found hosting exchange students to be rewarding in many ways, including the exposure to other cultures. “I think it makes a dierence in the support that you get when your country comes under re or comes into challenging circumstances,” Vitovsky said. For updates on fundraising eorts and on the Kuchyk family, visit www.helpourdaughters.com.

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