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EXPERIENCE THE AWARENESS - HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
Students learn what it is like to have dysgraphia, a writing disorder.
Richardson Heights Elementary recently hosted an "Experience the Awareness" workshop for all students Kindergarten through sixth grade. The day long, hands-on workshop exposed children to life with a disability. The children rotated through stations highlighting 12 disabilities. Each station gave an actual task to perform with a disability.

Children wore glasses at the station representing blindness that blacked out their vision and were told to attempt to putt a ball into a glass. Oven mitts were worn during puzzle-making to represent brain injuries. Dyslexia was presented to the children by having them write sentences with a mirror that distorted the letters. Children were given marshmallows to keep in their mouth and then asked to read a speech aloud mimicking a speech impediment. Several obstacle courses were set out for students to navigate in a wheelchair, or with crutches, or while wearing weights. This gave insight as to how it would feel to have your mobility affected.
 
Hearing stations had the children listen to various recordings that were altered to represent auditory differences. The children quickly realized how difficult life can be with a disability. Counselor Leigh Duvall, arranged the workshop to promote empathy and understanding amongst children of all abilities. The day contributed to Richardson Heights’ goal of creating a sense of community. >Top
MOHAWK ELEMENTARY HURRICANE RELIEF RED CROSS DRIVE
When Hurricane Ike hit, Mohawk Elementary students, staff & community stepped up to help the victims. They decided to hold a Hurricane Relief Red Cross Drive, and with help from the Beta Club, students worked hard to raise more than $1,500 for the Red Cross. A special thanks to Century Bank for helping count more than $950 in coins.

Great job Mohawk students! >Top
A DAY MADE BETTER
Deserving teachers at three RISD elementary schools received surprise visits last week from Office Max employees hoping to make their day better. Through the "A Day Made Better" program, principals nominated a teacher from their campus who regularly goes above and beyond with their work, routinely spending their own money for extra supplies and materials to help their students. The three teachers, Julie Pearson from Moss Haven Elementary, Bethany Riley from Forest Lane Academy and Christen Scheevel from Lake Highlands Elementary each received flowers, a certificate and a large box of supplies and gifts valued at more than $1200.

RISD thanks Office Max for helping make the day better for these three educators and their schools! >Top
NOVEMBER 4 IS ELECTION DAY
While classes are occurring on Tuesday, November 4, most RISD campuses will also serve as an Election Day polling place for their neighborhood. If possible, parents and community members are encouraged to vote outside of the peak time of 7:00 am – 9:00 am to reduce the amount of congestion that coincides with the start of the school day.

Each campus will designate an area to serve as a polling place, which will determine the entrance voters will use to enter the school on that day. Please look for signs indicating where to enter in order to vote. To maintain security during the school day, voters coming to an RISD campus should be prepared to show identification at the door, in the form of a valid driver’s license or voter registration card. Once inside a campus, voters must remain in the area designated for polling.

If you are planning to visit an RISD campus on Election Day for reasons other than voting, please enter through the main office.

Election Day is a busy day for campuses, and RISD thanks you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we strive to maintain a secure environment for students and staff. >Top
A GOOD DEED - EAGLE SCOUT HELPS RISD ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
RISD’s Environmental Studies Center dedicated a new boardwalk this week, courtesy of Berkner H.S. student and Eagle Scout Christopher Rickett.

Chris, a member of Scout Troop 81 and Venture Crew 904, began planning the project in May.

The boardwalk is a 48 foot long raised walkway over an area of the Environmental Center trail that frequently floods. It has railings along each side and is wide enough to accommodate visitors with disabilities.

Chris raised more than $2,000 to pay for the supplies needed to build the walkway, and also organized and managed the more than 20 people who helped him with the construction.
     
Planning involved creating construction drawings, presenting plans to the ESC manager as well as the RISD grounds personnel, making revisions to reflect changes requested, raising funds, and recruiting, organizing and managing the volunteer work crew. The actual construction took place over two weekends last month, and the result is an incredible gift to his school district and community.

Thanks Chris! >Top
RISD NURSES ARE TOP FUND RAISERS FOR DENTAL CLINIC
RISD was well-represented at a fund raising event last month for a great cause. The RISD nurses team, Dental Divas, and a team from Northlake led by their nurse, Christine Ramirez, participated in a 5K walk at White Rock Lake on September 27 to raise funds for the Children’s Oral Health Center (COHC). Sherry Freeland (Spring Valley Elementary) and Carol Brandle (Brentfield Elementary) acted as the Dental Divas captains and organized participation in the walk.

About 40 nurses participated on the day of the walk either as walkers or registration volunteers. The RISD nurses teams took most of the prizes awarded that morning, including highest total contributions ($4,745), top individual contributions (Christiane Ramirez- Northlake and Melanie Cowlishaw-Aikin), largest group participation, and best t-shirt design.

A team from Thurgood Marshall Elementary also walked, raising an additional $330.
     
The COHC has agreed to take referrals from RISD nurses to care for students in need of dental care for a minimal cost. This agreement has put a smile on the face of all of the nurses and will make a difference for many students who otherwise would not be able to afford dental care.

Way to go RISD nurses! >Top
GATOR AID SQUAD AT SPRING VALLEY ELEMENTARY
Mothers at Spring Valley Elementary (the Gators) volunteer time on the "Gator-aid Squad" once a week where they meet as a group to help prepare classroom materials for all the SVE teachers. As a thank you for donating their time and efforts, the SVE staff provide the volunteers with breakfast goodies to enjoy.

It's a great way to engage parents and help teachers. >Top
NFL/DALLAS COWBOY'S HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK
LHHS Coach Scott Smith
Lake Highlands High School football coach Scott Smith was named the NFL/Dallas Cowboy's High School Coach of the Week for Lake Highlands' win last Friday over Dallas Skyline. Scott, his staff, and players all deserve this recognition. The program will receive $2,000 along with the public recognition.

Great job Wildcats! >Top
BHS DEBATE TEAM
Due to Homecoming, the debate team only sent three entries to the Aubrey Debate Tournament last Saturday. However, those competing represented Berkner very well. Denver Coplan went undefeated and placed 2nd in Lincoln Douglas Debate. In Cross Examination Debate, Destiny Hajiali and Jacqueline Lyman won two of their three debates and placed 6th. The Berkner Debate team has shown well in Public Forum Debate and Lincoln Douglas in recent years; but this is the first time since 1987 that Berkner has has had a team place in policy debate. Great job debaters. >Top
THAT COOL, REFRESHING DRINK
Bukhair Elementary principal Candi Judd and assistant principal Melinda Schwartz set up a lemonade stand in the cafeteria to help second graders build background knowledge for an upcoming assessment. >Top
RISD BAND SHOWCASE
The RISD Band Showcase will be held Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Eagle Mustang Stadium. Click here for more information. >Top
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