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The Dallas Examiner | 6/5/2017, 12:14 p.m.
With a goal to get the whole family reading and keep academic skills sharp,

The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

With a goal to get the whole family reading and keep academic skills sharp, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with students and community supporters, kicked off the 2017 Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge. The free 10-week program, which runs June 3 through Aug. 12, encourages daily reading of books, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. Presented by Epsilon, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge is a family affair, open to children and adults of all ages. Signup is underway at any of the 29 Dallas library locations or online at http://www.dallaslibrary.org/msrc. While the Challenge begins June 3, people can sign up all summer long. Also, be sure to check with each local library for special activities surrounding the June 3 kickoff.

“Summer days can be long for kids, so carving out at least 20 minutes a day should be easy, even if it’s right before bedtime,” Rawlings said. “If we can entice kids and adults to keep turning the pages or swiping digital pages this summer, they are more likely to establish good reading practices for life. Reading is a great lifelong habit that is both enjoyable and enlightening.”

Club members can earn incentive prizes – including books, coupons and passes to local attractions – for every 10 days they read at least 20-minutes. Reading can be reported to any Dallas Public Library or online at dallaslibrary.org/msrc. See details and rules below. Youth who read at least 50 days by Aug. 12 will be entered to win grand prizes, including an opportunity to have a pancake breakfast with the mayor of Dallas. Other grand-prize drawings include special experiences such as behind-the-scenes access to the penguin exhibit at the Dallas Zoo and Dallas Stars tickets with a post-game meet-and-greet with the team.

DALLAS

Dr. Lester C. Newman, Jarvis Christian College president, announced the fall 2017 classes and schedule college’s new instructional site in Dallas.

“We will offer degree completion programs in areas of Criminal Justice, Business Administration and Religion,” Newman said. “Through our Business Administration Program, we will offer specializations in Data Analytics and Cyber-Security. Jarvis Christian College looks forward to becoming a part of the Dallas Educational Corridor.”

The classes will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and mornings on the second and fourth Saturday. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 903-730-4890 ext. 2202.

“Jarvis has a rich history of affecting the lives of students, their communities, the great State of Texas and the nation,” Newman said.

Jarvis, located in Hawkins, was established in 1912 and modeled after the Southern Christian Institute of Edwards, Mississippi as an institution for teachers. The college is now a private, residential, Historically Black Liberal Arts College.

DUNCANVILLE

Duncanville ISD Education Foundation announced the recipients of campus grants for 2017-18 totaling $27,402. During the announcement, foundation president David Sykes told Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith that the campuses receiving the grant would be:

• Acton Elementary: Using STEM to Grow 21st Century Leaders for $1,513.90

• Hardin Intermediate: Cooking with the SLC for $2,402.32

• Smith Elementary: Media Magic for $1,152.95

• Duncanville High School: This Pod’s for You for $10,572.90 and Connected Classrooms for $11,760.00

An additional award of $8,263.00 is designated to fund an initiative in the district’s special education programs. W.P. and Bulah Luse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee and the Steven Casey Memorial Fund jointly support the program to improve oral and written expression skills in elementary school students.

“The Education Foundation funds creative and innovative techniques developed by teachers to enhance the learning experience for students. Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded over $963,665 to teachers and District campuses,” Sykes said.