Lady Mustangs Win District and Head to Volleyball Playoffs

The J.J. Pearce volleyball team finished district play undefeated, with an overall record of 32-10. The Lady Mustangs have advanced to the regional quarterfinal game. Opponent, site, and date should be determined over the weekend.

The Lake Highlands volleyball team also advanced to the playoffs before their season ended in the area championship. Congratulations to both teams on excellent seasons, and good luck to the Lady Mustangs as they continue their playoff run.

Visit www.pearcevolleyball.com to learn more and risd.org for playoff information as it becomes known.

Jess Harben in Video Finals for $50,000

Jess Harben Elementary needs help from the RISD Community to win $50,000 in technology. Their video, "Know the Past, Change the Future" has advanced to the finals in the Compass Learning national competition.

Jess Harben students are asking RISD and North Texas to please vote online each day in November. To vote, visit this link, register, select their video from Richardson and click VOTE. You only have to register once and each day you can vote in less than 30 seconds.

Wallace Student Inspired to Make a Difference

Wallace Elementary student Bo R. recently learned about Alex Scott, a brave 8 year old girl who spent much of her short life raising money for pediatric cancer research by having lemonade stands.

Bo decided that he could also make a difference in his community. He set up a stand selling cold drinks during weekend football games at White Rock's field and raised nearly $200 in one day for Samaritan's Purse - an organization that is helping to fight Ebola in West Africa. Bo is a great example of how one person, no matter their age, can make a difference in the world.

Election Day at ACM

Each year, second grade students at Arapho Classical Magnet learn about the electoral and voting process in a real way by holding their own election for President and Vice President. The process includes nominating candidates, campaigning, voter registration and candidate speeches, and ends with voting and an announcement of the President and Vice President of Second Grade.

Partner Spotlight - Windsor Senior Living

Windsor Senior Living in Dallas has partnered with RISD's Family Literacy Center for the past four years. The assisted living community recently donated over $2,000 to help with materials for the Literacy Center to aid parents and students. Windsor residents participated in a fundraiser and contributed their art work and homemade crafts for an auction. Dobie Primary students also visit the residents on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter for fun programs. RISD, Dobie and the Family Literacy Center is grateful for the continued support and caring hearts of Windsor residents, Executive Director Mark Whitman and Life Enrichment Director Lilly Adrian.

White Rock Elementary Holiday Toy Drive

White Rock Elementary recently held a week long toy drive. Staff members and families donated toys for The Network of Community Ministries' holiday service project, Toyland Express.

Students and parents delivered toys and toured Network's facility this week. This was a great opportunity for students to learn about the gift of giving. Thanks to WRE counselors Brittany Code and Mary Farrington for leading the effort.

One Direction Rocks MPE

Members of the Merriman Park Elementary Dad's Club were recently joined by some special guests to help with the morning carpool line.

Legendary for getting students out of cars and into school in a fun, safe and efficient way, MPE dads embraced Halloween to the squeals of girls across Lake Highlands.

Donuts with Dad at Bowie

Bowie Elementary's Dad's Club recently hosted their annual Donuts with Dad. Hundreds of students and their fathers crowded the cafeteria for breakfast.

The Bowie Dad's Club encourages fathers and other male role models to take an active part in their child's education.

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