New Stults Playground a Community Effort
Stults Road Elementary cut the ribbon last Friday for their new playground for PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities) students. The playground was made possible through the hard work and dedication of the Stults Road staff, the PTA, the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, and Jessie Torres.
"Our staff and PTA worked tirelessly to raise money, but it wasn't enough," explained Principal Amber LeBlond." Brent Basden, one of the members of the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, saw an article in the paper and contacted me about applying for a grant through their organization. We never expected that we would receive this generous grant which covered the rest of the cost. We are so excited about what this playground means to our students."
The dedication contained bittersweet moments as the late Jessie Torres, a dedicated volunteer who raised funds for the playground, was remembered by PTA's Sherry Griffin. Jaylen Cook, a child who passed away while a student at Stults, was also remembered.
Think College Thursdays at Aikin
As one effort to promote a college-going culture among students, Aikin Elementary's entire fourth grade recently participated in "Think College Thursday."
Teachers took to social media to request help and the school received a flood of college t-shirts for students. Every fourth grade student was provided some college gear due to the generosity of the Aikin & RISD community.
Berkner's Chen Recognized as Scholar Athlete
Berkner High School senior Lydia Chen has been named the Dale Hansen Scholar Athlete of the Week, and will be featured in a WFAA segment on Sept. 21 at 10:30pm during the High School Sports Special.
Twice named all-district in tennis, Lydia currently has the highest grade point average in her senior class and was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist among her many activities and achievements.
Richardson's Nelson Named Teacher of Month
Richardson High School teacher Carol Nelson was surprised at school this week with news that she has been selected as WFAA's Good Morning Texas Teacher of the Month for September.
September Spotlight on RISD
Click the image to watch the first Spotlight on RISD of the new school year!
School Supply Shout-Outs
School supplies continue to roll in, and RISD students and staff are very appreciative for the support. See a list of more partners who have contributed here.
*Note-list is of reported donors as of September 19.
Know Any Good Teachers?
The HEB Corporation's well-respected Excellence In Education Awards program is now accepting nominations to recognize and reward outstanding educators across Texas.
A number of RISD teachers have been chosen to receive this recognition over the years, and RISD is a past winner of HEB's Best Large District in Texas.
Learn more or nominate an RISD teacher.
Golden Eagle Band March-A-Thon
The Richardson High School Golden Eagle Band will be holding a 5K March-A-Thon through the RHS neighborhood on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00am - 1:00pm. This is the band's biggest fundraiser of the year, & proceeds help support the band's activities throughout the school year.
Come out to watch, wave & support the RHS Golden Eagle Band!
Mark Twain's 50th Anniversary
The public and alumni are invited to join current & former Mark Twain Elementary staff and students at the school's 50th anniversary celebration on October 4.
Clean Out Your Garage & Help Merriman Park
Merriman Park Elementary will be holding a Recycle Day on October 4. Virtually any item can be recycled and participation helps raise money for MPE.
See the list of eligible items and learn more.
Market in the Meadow - October 18-19
Market in the Meadow is a Holiday Gift Sale presenting over 170 booths with unique gifts and specialty merchandise from a variety of vendors from across the state of Texas.
In addition to great shopping, Market in the Meadow offers a cafe featuring favorite local restaurants and entertainment provided by student fine arts & performance groups.
All proceeds from Market in the Meadow benefit the Forest Meadow Junior High PTA to support student programs. Learn More.