PHARR, Texas – Students from Vanguard Academy’s Rembrandt High School attended a recent Pharr Bridge Board meeting to learn more about international trade.

The students are going to do in-depth research on challenges faced at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. They will visit the Pharr Bridge offices, interview staff, and, most likely, regular users of the land port of entry, such as trucking companies, customs brokers, and freight forwarders. They hope to find solutions to those challenges.

Luis Bazan, Pharr’s bridge director, welcomed the involvement of the students.

“If you look at the city’s logo, we’re always talking about learning. We’re always talking about continuous improvement, excellence, every day. As I mentioned earlier, the sustainability platform. That is something that the City of Pharr has now taken on or is taking on,” he said.

Bazan pointed out that the City of Pharr has set itself 17 goals in order to ensure the sustainability of its environment and its operations.

“We were already meeting about 11 of those 17 goals within the sustainability platform. So we’re excited about that,” Bazan said.

“Today, we presented (to the board of directors) a school at Vanguard Academy. Rembrandt Secondary School, their professors, their principal. This is their time, the students’ time, to get in there at the bridge offices or even with some of our surrounding services, some of our customers, for example, and come up with a project that has an issue that they can resolve by offering a solution that’s going to pave the way for a better tomorrow. So, we’re excited about that.”

Rembrandt Assistant Principal Gerardo Flores said: “Our students will be doing genuine, original research. Very academic research. We’re going to be taking academic journals into consideration, quantitive analysis and qualitative analysis. They are going to be doing a mini-dissertation.”

Editor’s Note: Here is a video interview with Rembrandt Assistant Principal Gerardo Flores and his students:


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