Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

December 5, 2012

Aggie moms carry warm wishes

Exam gifts just one of group’s projects

Corsicana — On Tuesday, the mothers of Texas A&M students from Navarro County loaded up 25 enormous Christmas stockings with plenty of gifts and treats and drove to College Station to be among the Aggie Moms giving out gifts in the week leading up to final exams.

The bags contains gift cards to Subway, a blanket, a sleeve of plastic cups, microwave popcorn, homemade hot chocolate mix, and other goodies intended to help the college kids feel special. This isn’t just a Navarro County thing, though. On Tuesday, they were one of dozens of other mom’s clubs from around the state that prepared similar goodie bags and boxes for their students.

“There’s competition of how you prepared the gifts, and what gifts you give,” said Paula Cain, president of the Navarro club. “It’s fun.”

“(The students) just grin from ear to ear. They’re excited to see what’s in it.”

Shae Harp, a junior who transferred to A&M after getting his associate’s degree from Navarro, said he was eagerly anticipating the arrival of the mother’s club members with the traditional gift bags.

“It’s an awesome experience for the kids here because you’ve got the anxiety of finals but you get to see your mother and you get some gifts,” said Shae Harp, son of Sharla Allen. “It’s a great experience for us.”

Jacob Williams, the son of Cindy Williams, has gotten the exam bags in the past, and it’s something he looks forward to each semester. The bags are delivered in fall and spring in the week approaching exams.

“It’s kind of a hallmark thing we have,” he said.

The group, formally called the Navarro County Texas A&M Mothers’ Club, and more informally the Aggie Mom’s Club, raises money for scholarships, takes the goodie bags prior to finals’ week, and hosts a monthly meeting that’s part social and part business, with an emphasis on the social.

“We’re here to support the students in any way that we can,” said Lesa Goins, one of the founders of the local organization. The group was started in Navarro County in 2004.

The Navarro County club is part of a larger Federation of Aggie Moms’ Clubs was formed nationwide in 1928 by 11 concerned mothers in a time when A&M was a smaller, rougher all-boys school. Now, the Aggie Moms have 119 clubs around the state and country, which donates about $300,000 a year to the school and scholarships, according to the Federation of Aggie Moms’ Clubs website.

Beyond the scholarships, things like the goodie bags, tailgate events and events both on campus and off, come out of moms’ pockets, not the club funds, Goins pointed out.

Only the students whose mothers are in the club receive the goodie bags, but any student interested in going to A&M can apply for one of the scholarships, according to Goins. The scholarships are awarded based on a students’ financial need and merit.

Currently, there are about 30 mothers in the club, but they’re aware there are dozens more students at A&M from Navarro.

“There’s always been a lot of Aggies from Navarro County,” Goins said. “We try to encourage all mothers of A&M students to participate.”

Mothers interested in joining the club, or students interested in applying for scholarships, can contact Cain at (903) 654-4021.


Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail:


Text Only
Latest News
  • police stock photo Six arrested following drug raid

    Six people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant Thursday night by the Corsicana Police Department’s narcotics detectives, patrol officers and a Navarro County Sheriff’s deputy who works as a courtesy officer for the Arbors Apartment, 1300 N. 45th St.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25-14 AgriLife additions.jpg AgriLife adds two new agents to Navarro office

    It’s been awhile since the AgriLife Extension office in Navarro County has been fully staffed, but it’s going great guns now.
    New to the staff are Meredith DeBorde, and Lorie Stovall, who will be heading up the 4-H programs and the family and consumer programs, respectively.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff seeks salary shuffle

    Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner went to the County Commissioner’s budget workshop Thursday to ask for a change of how his officers are compensated, or, alternately, an 8 percent across-the-board raise.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-25-14 CAC boat.jpg Floating a big fundraiser idea

    The big night is fast approaching for the 10 Grand Country Jam, an Aug. 2 fundraiser for the Child Advocates of Navarro County. What will make it a big night is the grand prize, a $31,000 pontoon boat.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Candelario Garcia Jr. (main) Honoring a hero

    Since March of this year, the family of Candelario Garcia Jr. has been so proud of him, they could burst.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • County Budget Commissioners start budget process

    The Navarro County Commissioner’s Court held its first budget workshop Wednesday, the first of a dozen or more over the next month or so.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-23-14 pianos main.jpg Public pianos invite players

    Corsicana has always been a musical town, with emphasis on country and western, rock and roll, bluegrass and Gospel, but now the parks and recreation department is moving towards bringing music to the masses in a different way. They’re going to put pianos downtown, on the sidewalks for anyone to play at random.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Navarro County 4-H Club holds event

    Texas A&M AgriLife Extention will hold Summer Exploration Days at the Navarro County Expo on Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • New date for IPL Job Fair announced

    Tarrant Regional Water District IPL (integrated pipe line) Project will hold a Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at The Cook Center.

    July 22, 2014

  • Making voting easier

    A new county-wide voting system would let voters cast a ballot at any polling place on election day, eliminating the need to drive to a specific precinct to vote.

    July 22, 2014

AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Twitter Updates