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The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management will offer Community Emergency Response Team classes for neighborhoods, community organizations and workplaces March 25, April 1 and April 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dallas Fire-Rescue Training Academy, 5000 Dolphin Road.

The free classes are taught by OEM emergency personnel and cover basic emergency response skills.

“Community leaders, particularly those working with homeowner associations may wish to build more community spirit and enhance cooperation when disasters happen – such as a public health emergency and severe weather events,” said Director of Emergency Management Rocky Vaz.

CERT training sessions will cover disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, terrorism and CERT, fire safety, disaster medical operations and more.

Classes can also be designed for a specific neighborhood and scheduled at convenient days, times and locations. Each class must include at least 10 participants; appropriate time to complete all sessions is 20 hours and all sessions are required to be completed for certification.

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From underwater robotics to computer coding, the Dallas Independent School District STEM Department briefed trustees on the work happening inside schools.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, provides students with opportunities to grow through hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning.

Assistant Superintendent Vince Reyes told trustees that he has made it a directive that Dallas ISD become the public school district that sends the most students on to four-year universities for computer science.

“We have the students that can make that happen,” Reyes said.

The district has been working to ensure STEM programs seamlessly sequence from elementary to high school. Students have the opportunity to earn high school credit in middle school for STEM courses such as Algebra I, Astronomy, Physics, and in Computer Science.

At the board meeting, students talked about the huge benefits STEM learning has on them.

STEM facts shared:

• The number of students participating in the District Science Fair grew by 36 percent this year.

• Ten comprehensive high schools and two magnet schools offer the computer science and STEM endorsement.

• Dallas ISD is home to 20 SeaPerch Underwater Robotics teams.

• 35 middle schools teach an Intro to Robotics elective course.

• 5,140 middle school students are enrolled in classes for high school credit.


This week is Nation Safe Place Week. Texas is the second largest hub for sex trafficking in the country. The city of Dallas is one of the top ten cities nationwide for sex trafficking.

With sex trafficking on the rise, 27 organizations have come together through DART’s Human Trafficking Transportation and Community Partners to help victims of youth homelessness and sex trafficking as well as educate the public.

“The illegal sex trade is a $99 million crime in Dallas. There are 400 teen girls on Dallas streets nightly; average age they enter the sex trade is 13,” said Community Engagement Director New Friends New Life Bill Morse.

DART also partnered with Safe Place to take preventative steps towards getting youth off the streets and into shelter, away from the dangers of youth homelessness.

“Approximately 1.3 million homeless youth are living on the streets. One in seven teens will run away from home and within 48 hours begin engaging in survival sex, which can quickly lead to formal prostitution,” said CEO of Jonathan’s Place, Allicia Graham Frye.

For a full list of Safe Places in Texas, visit


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