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Dallas Examiner | 4/29/2013, 9:11 a.m. | Updated on 4/29/2013, 6:30 p.m.
Special to The Dallas Examiner
Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles, Mayor Mike Rawlings and SMU Head Football Coach June Jones, will host “Imagine 2020: Today’s Dream. Tomorrow’s Reality” for fifth to 11th grade students and their families from the L.G. Pinkston, James Madison and Lincoln High School feeder patterns. The program is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium at Southern Methodist University, located at 5800 Ownby Dr.
Urban You Turn, a division of the June Jones foundation, has partnered with Dallas ISD and a number of non-profits including Clay Student Leadership and University Crossroads, to develop this high-energy, action-packed event as an opportunity to mobilize people, resources and organizations, and ensure that today’s dream becomes tomorrow’s reality for students and families in the South and West Dallas sectors.
Saturday’s event will feature an exhibition area called “A Walk of Dreams” comprised of 40 booths that will showcase local sports programs, urban summer camps and after school programs, and university college information. Special entertainment includes Rock T, rapper Propaganda, R&B singer Coriano Gibson, step teams, dancers and BMX-trick riders. Throughout the day, there will be drawings for prizes including iPads, sporting gear, amusement park tickets and other prizes as well as free food.
The event is also open to all teachers, non-profits, business and civic leaders. Bus transportation will be provided for students, parents and families with school age children, from 22 participating schools. More information on the event can be found at http://www.imagine2020dallas.com.
The Imagine 2020: Strategic Feeder Pattern Initiative is set to begin in the 2013-2014 school year.
Dallas ISD has scheduled four Budget Town Hall meetings, from May 1 through May 7, to present information to parents and the community concerning the district’s 2013-2014 budget and to respond to questions they may have.
The meetings will be held 6 p.m. through 7 p.m. at the following elementary schools:
• May 1 at B.H. Macon Elementary, 650 Holcomb Road
• May 2 at Eduardo Mata Elementary, 7420 La Vista Dr.
• May 6 at Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary, 2959 S Hampton Road
• May 7 at Leonides Gonzales Cigarroa Elementary, 9990 Webb Chapel Road
Nearly 400 Dallas ISD students competed last week in the ninth annual Dallas Urban Debate Alliance tournament.
The top two teams in each middle school and high school division moved on to compete at the State Fair grounds on Saturday as part of Earth Day Dallas.
Those teams are Thomas C. Marsh and William B. Travis middle schools, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Woman’s Leadership School, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, and the Judge Barefoot Sanders Magnet Center for Public Service.
Dallas ISD students are mobilizing with a number of outreach efforts to support the students, parents and community of West that were affected by the explosion of the fertilizer plant.
W.T. White High School students are partnering with Carter BloodCare in an effort to replenish the blood banks as the relief efforts in West continue. Carter BloodCare mobile units will be at the campus as the school community steps up to help out. The high school is located at 4505 Ridgeside Drive.
Hillcrest High School organized a school supply drive to collect items to send to students in West ISD and donations began being taken Monday through May 3. Suggested supplies include pencils, pens, paper and binders. Gift cards and other monetary donations toward the relief efforts are also accepted.
West ISD’s Superintendent Mary Crawford is a former principal of Hillcrest High School. Hillcrest High School is located at 9924 Hillcrest Road.
Councilwoman Delia Jasso of District 1 will announce the groundbreaking of a new Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic in Oak Cliff at a May 9 morning press conference. Jasso also serves as the Chairwoman of the Access South Advisory Board.
The new clinic will be a sister property of the West Dallas campus located at Singleton Boulevard and Sylvan Avenue which offers similar services at deeply discounted rates. The group was awarded a $5 million federal grant to establish the 21,000 square feet clinic and will be located on 6.88 acres of land along West Illinois Avenue, a medically underserved area of Dallas.
The new clinic is scheduled to open summer 2014.