East Central Independent School District takes the spotlight on the cover of the December 2023 Live from the Southside Magazine issue, showcasing its ongoing growth, diverse schools, educational opportunities, and commitment to preserving its rich traditions.

The feature story delves into the district’s expansion, highlighting the various schools within, the educational prospects available to students, and the emphasis on maintaining cherished traditions.

In the same issue, Live from the Southside’s December edition presents a comprehensive year-in-review of VIDA San Antonio, strategically located near Texas A&M-San Antonio and Palo Alto College. Positioned at the heart of the vibrant energy, innovation, and spirit of Southside San Antonio, VIDA serves as a nexus for new homes, wellness, education, community, and dynamic activities.

Amidst the thriving business landscape on the Southside, readers can relish highlights provided by South Texas Business Partnerships and discover small Southside businesses that offer some of the city’s finest culinary experiences.

The December 2023 issue, complete with these compelling features, can be accessed at https://bit.ly/DecMag2023.


The magazine also proudly features articles contributed by students from the community participating in the Youth Writer’s Program. Students Paola Huerta-Ayala (10th grade) and Alicia Mendez (12th grade) from South San Antonio High School, and students Isaiah Martinez, Ryan Balzadua, Pierre Cox, Jozlin Hernandez, and Sophia Soto, representing The Patriot Publishing Journalism Club under the guidance of Teacher Veronica F. Hernandez. Student Nakoma Rojas from Riverside Park Elementary in the San Antonio Independent School District has also showcased their creative talents. The Youth Writer’s Program, launched alongside the publication, highlights the incredible creativity of the students, supported by dedicated faculty and teachers.

The issue further explores the inspiring journey of Alazay Gamboa, a recipient of the Texas A&M San Antonio Dream Maker Scholarship. The campaign raised an impressive $266,400, with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to supporting students.

Taking a moment to reflect, the magazine acknowledges the impactful work of the Fin Addict Angler Foundation. This nonprofit originated on the Southside and has expanded its mission throughout Texas, establishing several groups within Southside school districts.

Live from the Southside Magazine eagerly anticipates continuing to share the stories of the Southside community with the beloved city of San Antonio and beyond. Stay informed about the latest news and events happening on the Southside and beyond by subscribing to the magazine’s digital version for free via email every month at https://bit.ly/3oHLCye.

Live from the Southside is a San Antonio, Texas-based women-owned lifestyle and travel publication rooted in the Southside community. We cover diverse topics, including business, events, education, wellness, and non-profit organizations, highlighting the vibrant, diverse culture and people of Southside San Antonio and beyond.