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IITAGH Hosts “Living in Houston” Insights over Coffee Event

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The inaugural “Living in Houston” Insights over Coffee event hosted by IIT Alumni of Greater Houston on September 6th was a great success. There were many new faces at the Starbucks on Buffalo Speedway, as everyone placed their orders and pulled a couple of tables together to make a cozy nook.

The goal of the event was to Connect spouses and volunteers and to bring everyone together in an informal setting. The group of 10 was a mixed one, ranging from students, dads, moms and young professionals.

Over coffee, lattes, and pumpkin bread, the group started off with introductions.  The conversation then moved to food, which is always a good icebreaker.  The discussion focused on restaurants and then quickly moved to desserts as everyone seemed to have a sweet tooth.  Some of the suggested places to try included: Pacuigo Gelato & Caffe on Buffalo Speedway, Chocolate Bar with a wide selection of ice creams and cakes (2 locations, Alabama Street & Rice Village), Dessert Gallery with a cornucopia of desserts, and Kwality Ice Cream in Sugarland with flavors like Sitafal and Kesar Pista which will take you back to India!

Some parents had questions about choosing a school, class sizes, and getting kids tested for Gifted & Talented Programs etc.  Each school district does things a little differently and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) appears to offer the most options.  The overall group consensus was to pick a school with a good reputation, strong teachers and reasonable class sizes (under 25 for elementary school). For those looking to move closer to the city or inside the Loop, River Oaks, Bellaire and West University have great public schools, however real estate can get expensive.  Housing in areas like Meyerland and Braeswood Place are more reasonable and offer good school options like Mark Twain Elementary and Herod Elementary.

This inaugural event was hosted by Anju Varadhachary and Premanjali Lahiri.  IITAGH is looking forward to the next “Living in Houston” Insights over Coffee event and we hope to connect with a new group of members of the IITAGH community and learn about things to do in other areas of Houston.