Posts by Sarah Bennett

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    • Sarah grew up in Mansfield and graduated from SMU with a Creative Writing degree. She joined People Newspapers in January 2013 after interning with D Magazine in fall 2012. After a brief freelancing hiatus, she returned to People in May 2014.
  • Temple Emanu-El to Host Library Fundraiser

    Susan Orlean wrote "The Orchid Thief," which inspired the film "Adaptation." (Photo: Gaspar Tringale)

    Susan Orlean wrote “The Orchid Thief,” which inspired the film “Adaptation.” (Photo: Gaspar Tringale)

    Mark your calendars: on Nov. 20, Temple Emanu-El will host an event to raise awareness on happenings with the Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Journalist and best-selling author Susan Orlean will be the keynote speaker, along with Freda Gail Stern.

    Catch the event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Tobian Auditorium.

    Dinner-and-program tickets begin at $180 a person, while program-only tickets start at $35. Click here or call 214-670-1458 to book. Proceeds support the Dallas Public Library, its 29 branches, and its two bookmobiles.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 22, 2014 | 2:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Winston School Hosts Book Signing

    rsz_9781625102522largeLast week, the “Start of the Season Craft Fair” at The Winston School featured children’s author Laura W. Eckroat signing copies of her book, What’s in the Corner.

    The story follows Muffin the rescue dog and his adventures.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 22, 2014 | 2:03 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Alcuin Cuts Ribbon on New Innovation Studio

    Alcuin students and leaders cut a ribbon on a new innovation studio Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy of Carla Meadows)

    Alcuin students and leaders cut a ribbon on a new innovation studio Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy of Carla Meadows)

    Students and leaders at the Alcuin School cut a ribbon on the campus’ new innovation studio last Wednesday. The facility is open to first-grade through upper-school students and features a 3-D printer, “all-in-one” learning boards, a SMART Table, and a presentation theater, to name a few.

    Ken Hersh, co-founder and CEO of NGP Energy Capital Management, acted as guest speaker, and kicked off the Alcuin Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership Speaker Series.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 22, 2014 | 1:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Tonight: Learn to Prevent Child Abuse

    Tonight, state Rep. Jason Villalba and Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center will host “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” at the Dallas Children’s Theater from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Don’t miss it — it may save a life. But due to the nature of the material, please leave the kiddies at home. Learn more here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 17, 2014 | 3:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Public Schools Meet State’s Standards

    Public schools across the state recently received their results on the Texas Education Agency’s accountability standards. The area’s leading high schools received the “met standards” rating.

    Beyond that, schools were rated on a number of distinctions in various subjects. “There is a lot of positive in formation in this report about individual campuses,” Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles said in a statement. “The state’s performance standards are becoming more rigorous year after year and the vast majority of our campuses are rising to the challenge.”

    In Highland Park, the high school received six out of six distinctions, while the younger campuses had varied results.

    In DISD, W.T. White received distinction in five out of six cat- egories. All 12 schools in the W.T. White feeder pattern met standards, and many received multiple distinctions as well.

    “Parents will now have yet another snapshot to help determine the performance of their child’s school,” Miles said.

    high schools
    middle schools

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 12, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Parish Students Learn in Worldwide Classrooms

    Parish Students Learn in Worldwide Classrooms

    “Doctors in training” as young as 8 years old get some hands-on experience at Parish. (Photo Courtesy Of Parish Episcopal School)

    This fall, global “doctors in training” will wield their own scalpels and learning about viruses by swabbing their own hands and growing bacteria.

    These doctors-in-training play a humanitarian role as well — every class they take purchases a class for a student in a developing country.

    Together, they share findings and discuss current global issues. Dallas students communicate and Skype with students in Haiti, India, and Pakistan to gain real-world experience. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 11, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Adoption Inspires Novel For Teacher

    Something kept nagging at Kay Honeyman while waiting for her adopted son to arrive: immigration; the Chinese zodiac; learning new cultures.

    After all, the child she and her husband were adopting was coming to America from China. So the topic stayed on her mind until she finally had to get it down on paper.

    “I was thinking what this was going to mean for him,” she said. “I just started to think about immigration in a different way.”

    That led to The Fire Horse Girl, the Highland Park Middle School teacher’s debut, young-adult novel. The story follows Jade Moon, a young girl born during the year of the fire horse, which is practically taboo in Chinese culture.

    “The fire horse is kind of legendary because it makes people stubborn and strong-willed, so to be a fire-horse woman is terrible,” Honeyman said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 10, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • TCA Students Dive Deep For Credit

    TCA Students Dive Deep For Credit

    Students got certified in diving before heading off to the Cayman Islands for class credit. (Photo Courtesy of Trinity Christian Academy)

    This summer, Trinity Christian Academy students were presented with a unique learning opportunity — the chance to journey to the Cayman Islands while earning school credit.

    TCA science teachers Bob Adams and Stephen Megison, joined by TCA administrator Janie Heard, led a group of students on the five-day diving expedition, granting them rare access to some of the most vibrant ocean life the Caribbean Sea has to offer. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 8, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Mosquito Spraying For Churchill Way Area


    Mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus in the 6900 block of Churchill Way and the 11900 block of Woodbridge Drive. Therefore, the following areas are scheduled to be sprayed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night:

    • Hillcrest Plaza Drive on the north, Marbrook Drive on the west, Lueders Lane on the east and Forest Lane on the south
    • Shadow Way on the north, Apple Creek Drive on the west, Black Walnut Drive on the east and Skillman Street on the south

    Check out more anti-mosquito tips here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 3, 2014 | 11:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Barnes and Noble Welcomes MTV Host, Wendy Davis

    No, that doesn’t mean that Wendy Davis is now an MTV host, but man, wouldn’t that be awesome?

    The Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble is clearly trying to be hip with the times, given the two events they have coming up.

    Next Monday, Nev Schulman, host of MTV’s “Catfish,” will be signing copies of In Real Life: Love, Lies, and Identity in the Digital Age at 7 p.m. Apparently, the gist is how millennials can connect to people authentically, despite our reliance on media, etc. I mean, I’m a millennial, and I like to think I do a decent job at actually talking to people. Anyway, it’s a ticketed event, so find out more here.

    Then, on Sept. 13, catch gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis signing copies of her memoir, Forgetting To Be Afraid. Here’s the deal: you need a wristband for that, so you can either save your receipt beginning Sept. 9 (when the book is released), or you can pick up a wristband at 3 p.m. on Sept. 13.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 3, 2014 | 11:01 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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