Posts by Claire St. Amant
Sixth-grade students at Grace Academy celebrated their graduation on May 22. The ceremony included a brief testimony from each graduate, where they shared their past accomplishments and future plans.
Muckracker Jim Schutze has a new cover story titled “The North Dallas Plot to Takeover DISD.” In it, he questions the motivations of Preston Hollow people (note the all-important lowercase p) and others in getting involved with the public school system.
In the recent Dallas school board election, an unprecedented river of cash poured into a handful of campaigns, the lion’s share from donors in downtown, the Park Cities, Preston Hollow and far North Dallas. That money came from affluent people, the majority of whom are white, some of whom must think that sending their own kids to a public school in Dallas is like sending them to the gallows.
Schutze explores many possibilities for the sudden flow of cash, including the extremes that:
- “A bunch of wealthy white people” suddenly decided to start supporting DISD out of the goodness of their hearts, as DISD trustee (and Preston Hollow resident) Mike Morath claims.
- The flow of cash is actually a sinister one, meant to create charter schools that will pluck the best students out of DISD and leave the others “behind to rot,” as Black community activist Joyce Foreman believes.
The article isn’t just extremes, though. It holds a number of interesting points about various public school reform efforts, as well as an interview with Preston Hollow resident Ken Barth.
Summer brings about a change in wardrobe, activities, and for many people, hair styles. I have a strict, no-hair-past-my-neck-rule that goes into effect promptly in June.
If you’re of the same opinion, but have a Y chromosome, then head to The Gents Place in Preston Oaks Shopping Center. The salon is offering a free haircut for first-time customers who fill out a brief survey.
Really, there’s no bad reason for choosing to organize a marrow registry drive through Be The Match, but Jesuit student Brian Christensen might have the best reason ever: a similar event saved his mom’s life. When Rhonda Christensen was fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needed a marrow donor, a college student who had joined the registry five years prior was identified as a match. Brian’s marrow drive is not only a tribute to his mom and her donor, but a project that he hopes will earn him the rank of Eagle Scout. Today’s drive is in Preston Hollow, but the endeavor will take him to UNT, SMU, and Frisco in the coming weeks. His goal is register 100 donors.
When: 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: 4624 Ellensburg Drive
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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for kid rock bands. I find them precious. I know that’s probably not the vibe a teen rocker is going for, but since my college roommate watched School of Rock on repeat for an entire semester, the impression is indelible. Sorry, kids.
On May 19, The Happy Alright, a pop-punk band featuring Lamplighter alumni Quinn Breitfeller and Sterling Gavinski as well as Bradley Barteau, performed two sets while volunteers slaved away in the school parking lot, washing cars to the tune of $6,000 in donations. The Young Alumni Association organized the fundraiser, which benefits the school’s land fund.
The Nature Conservancy of Texas hosted its annual Spring Party on May 11 at the Dallas Arboretum. TV star Jeff Corwin served as the keynote speaker for the event. Preston Hollow residents Mike and Micki Rawlings were kind enough to attend, but there’s no report of snakes, lizards, or marsupials making the guest list. Too bad.
Cistercian junior Jess Clay has been awarded the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in writing, one of only 16 students in the state of Texas to receive such recognition. I give him +1 for making a bold fashion statement with his yearbook photo.
Perhaps you’ve heard by now of the one-line Twitter exchange between affable oilman T. Boone Pickens and rapper Drake. Brief recap if you’re too lazy to click the link: Drake tweeted “The first million is the hardest,” which prompted Pickens to quip “The first billion is a helluva lot harder.”
I occasionally blog about Pickens’ comings and goings (because he is a well known Preston Hollow resident and because he could one day decide to invest in media companies), but I had to chime in on this conversation for another reason. While all the commentary I’ve read on the subject has been amusing, I have yet to hear someone point out that Pickens’ tweet slam was a modified version of his book title, which reads The First Billion is The Hardest.
Perhaps you are a morning person. Perhaps you are interested in how innovative partnerships could help create educational excellence at DISD. If so, then this North Dallas Chamber of Commerce event couldn’t be more perfect for you.
District 2 DISD trustee Mike Morath will join John Sharp, chancellor of Texas A&M University, for an education forum at Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre. The forum kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
Have at it, early birds.
Thirty-three Providence Christian School graduates walked across the stage Friday and are now moving onto high schools including the Cambridge School, Episcopal School of Dallas, Highland Park High School, the Hockaday School, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Lake Highlands High School, Trinity Christian Academy, and W.T. White High School.