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Go & Be Project Benefits RISD Teachers
On Saturday, Sept. 30, volunteers swarmed 11 RISD schools to make teacher workrooms/staff dining areas, and faculty restrooms shine like new. Richardson Heights Baptist Church, through their Go and Be Project, provided the willing volunteers at Skyview, Terrace, Berkner, Mark Twain, Lake Highlands Freshman Center, RISD Academy, O.Henry, Dobie, Wallace, Jess Harben, and Liberty.

Heights began by targeting schools where parishioners worked, but as the word spread about the project, more schools were added.  Each school was assigned a group from the church, and staff coordinated with them throughout the month of September to determine what would be appreciated in each school area.  From paint colors to decorations, new couch covers to new curtains and blinds -- surfaces were made to look new.
Painting and decorating were not the only things included in each renovation. Volunteers provided new refrigerators, new microwaves, and donated couches to schools that were in dire need of replacements or additions.  Existing microwaves and refrigerators were cleaned and made to shine to add to the new sparkle.  Skyview Elementary’s weathered out door area was transformed into a perfect haven, with a gazebo and picnic table added for comfort.   In some schools, artwork, shelving and full-length mirrors complemented the new paint colors.

A Saturday of volunteers made for hundreds of happy teachers when they returned to work on Monday. Thanks to Heights Baptist Church for their time and talents. Here are some finished project photos.

Third-grade students at Richland Elementary participated in a Metric Field Day where they competed in events that required use of the skills they had learned in a six-week long measurement unit. Competition was in events such as Syringe Squirt to practice measuring volume, Paper Plane Toss to practice measuring distance, and Grab the Treasure to practice measuring mass. This was an exciting way for students to end their measurement unit and apply their learning. >Top

In response to community requests, the 'field turf B' fields at Berkner and Pearce high schools will be open to the public weekdays from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. unless in use for school or rental activities. As announced previously, both Eagle/ Mustang and Wildcat/Ram stadiums will be closed to the public. However the track at LHHS is always open. >Top
At the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday evening, three students from Wallace Elementary led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and the pledge to the Texas flag. Students in the Westwood Junior High Chorale Girls performed for the Board as a prelude to their February concert in San Antonio. They have been invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association 87th Annual Clinic and Convention. Only a small number of the state’s outstanding choirs receive invitations that are considered the most prestigious honor that can be achieved by a choir in the state of Texas. Their director is Joel Price, a former STARS award winner.

In other Board business, a public hearing was held on the recent School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. RISD once again received the highest rating from the state for financial responsibility and integrity.
A consent agenda that passed included the usual contracts, budget status report, and bond construction schedules. Maximum class size waivers were approved for two classes, and the refunding of a bond was passed in order to better facilitate the district.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for November 6, 7 p.m. in the Administration Building auditorium. >Top
Pearce senior Everett Burns saw a need at his former elementary school and decided to do something about it. Noticing that the bicycle racks at Mohawk Elementary were dated and inadequate, he made it his Eagle Project to raise money to buy two news racks and install them himself.

Attending several community events and letting others know of the need and the project netted him donations from area families, VFW North Dallas Memorial Post 3530 and the J.J. Pearce Homeowner's Association.

Richardson Bike Mart then stepped up to generously cover more than 50 percent of the costs, so much so that Everett was able to purchase a third rack, which was donated to Lake Highlands Elementary.

Thanks to Everett and all who donated and assisted in this project! >Top
Japanese language students recently had a visitor from Japan. Shown here, Kei Utsumi, relative of RISD staff member Susan Howard, Accountability, enjoys a Pearce High School pep rally with RISD Japanese teacher Estuki Kuwahara. He visited both Pearce and Richardson High School classes during his two week stay. He later told his American relatives that, “I damaged with the cultural shock of Homecoming.”>Top
RISD Academy students received a special treat in the form of professional entertainer and yo-yo expert Jess Plake and his sidekick, NED. His message to students, complete with a dazzling array of yo-yo tricks, was: Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best (NED). Judging from the students' enthusiastic response, the message was well-received! >Top
The library at Lake Highlands Elementary was the place to be September 21st if you were a dad looking for a doughnut and a hot cup of coffee.

‘Donuts For Dad’ is an annual event sponsored by the LHE Dad’s Club. About 75 kids and their dads showed up at 7:00am to enjoy the donations of fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts and steaming cups of White Rock Coffee.

Craig Walling, President of the LHE Dad’s Club said, “We’re an organization committed to supporting the LHE PTA, having fun, and demonstrating the importance of volunteer work to our children. We’re grateful for the support of our community.” >Top
Theatre LHHS presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller in performances on Wednesday, October 25th, Thursday, October 26th, and Saturday, October 28th. All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Highlands High School Auditorium, 9449 Church Road, Dallas. Reserved seats are $7 each. General admission seats in advance are $5 each, and general admission seats at the door are $6 each. For reservations, call 214-349-1510. >Top
The second production of the season by the Richardson High School Eagle Repertory Theatre is Shadows Grimm, which will be presented to the first and second graders of the Richardson Independent School District (RISD). This special event is held annually for the elementary school children with the opportunity being rotated each year to a different high school theatre arts group within RISD.

There will be six performances. The first five will be held for students only at the Richardson High School Auditorium. Director Cliff McClelland estimates that each performance will have approximately 1,000 children in attendance. At 7:30 p.m. on October 11th, there will be a performance open to the public that also will be in the auditorium.
Tickets for the one-night performance open to the public are only $3 and can be purchased at the door. To find out the year-long schedule of upcoming productions, or for more information, visit or call 469-593-3193. >Top
RISD Academy recently received the gift of a dictionary for every third grade student in the school. Thanks to Brentwood Republican Women’s Group for their generous gift. >Top
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