Community

What does it mean to be a community? Different places have their own way to approach this answer. In Alton, we believe we are all integrated in our acquaintances, families, and coworkers. We also believe that a strong connection between the faith-based, political, social and educational service-driven organization can only help strengthen our commitment to one another.

In this page you will find an assortment of educational, social, entrepreneurial and other important resources for living in Alton. With our roots seeded in colonias, as well many of our extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) neighborhoods classified as colonias, we understand the value of helping others help themselves. Here you will find points of contacts for school, non profits, micro-lending, and other resources that can positively impact your life and that of your neighbor. Lend support or come and check out the services offered in Alton.

Alton Recreation Center (ARC)

The Alton Recreation Center serves as a community center for the City of Alton. In partnership with Texas A&M University CHUD Colonias Program, the city is able to provide a place where nonprofit organizations can offer their services to the community. We pride ourselves in this truly collaborative effort to offer residents access to recreation, health, and quality of life offerings from local partners.

Among those offered are Buckner International which sponsors clothing distributions and free health screenings in conjunction with Valley Baptist Doctors. Texas A&M University Colonias Program also offers assistance with CHIP/Medicaid applications, promotes healthy communities, assists city grant seeking, sponsors a morning Aerobics session, and co-manages the ARC by coordinating the Alton Youth Club among other things.

Other important partnerships include:

  • Dorcas Seventh Day Adventist Church provides food distributions;
  • Food Bank RGV which provides monthly food distributions to elderly;
  • Easter Seals which sponsors a parent support group;
  • Texas Migrant Council Head Start which has monthly parent meetings, nutrition classes, and staff training;
  • Texas A&M University IHOS program which provides medical transportation and colonia outreach work holds work shops and community meetings;
  • La Union del Pueblo Entero provides class ESL classes and citizenship classes.

As you can see, the ARC is a hub for social groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club, but it also serves as a homebase for social services such as the local area Promotoras.

Schools

The city is served by three school districts: Mission CISD, Sharyland ISD and La Joya ISD.

Five (5) MCISD elementary schools:

  • Alton Elementary (Acceptable)
  • Cantu Elementary (Recognized)
  • Cavazos Elementary (Recognized)
  • Waitz Elementary (Recognized)
  • Salinas Elementary (Recognized)

One (1) SISD elementary school:

  • Jensen Elementary (Recognized)

Two (2) MCISD middle school:

  • Alton Memorial Jr. High School
  • Rafael Cantu Jr. High School

One (1) LJISD middle school:

  • Domingo Treviño Middle School

Two Head Start Centers

  • Texas Migrant Council Head Start
  • Hidalgo County Head Start

There is no high school with Alton city limits.

Non-profit Organizations

Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone Corporation has offices located at 416 South Alton Blvd. Alton, Texas. For information please call (956) 424-3276 or (956) 292-9719.

Street Light Identification Program

In order to better service the community with its required needs the city is providing the following links to the Electric Companies servicing our area. By working together as a tight net community we can all indentify and report problems that may occur on a daily bases throughout our city. It is said that knowledge is power, and true empowerment happens when communities unit and use this knowledge for a positive outcome. Lets all work together in keeping our city well maintained. Please use the following links to report street lights directly to the Electric Companies. If you need assistance

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on this you may contact Alicia Varela, Administrative Assistant at 956-432-0760 or E-Mail at Alicia.varela@alton-tx.gov. Please have required information for processing.

Thank you for your participation in keeping the City of Alton bright. :-D

www.aeptexas.com
At the site go to Customer Services and then to Report a Street Light Problem

www.magicvalley.coop
At the site go to Resources
The following information will be required:

  • Problem with the street light
  • Pole Number
  • Street name
  • Closest intersection
  • Other comments

Street Light Mapping Area