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.
Some Lamplighter students entered the school’s auditorium barefoot last week, tossing their shoes into a large pile. They will be donated to Soles4Souls, an organization that delivers shoes to millions of disadvantaged children around the world.
The assembly last week “kicked off” The Lamplighter School’s third annual shoe drive. It has donated more than 8,000 pairs of shoes to Souls4Soles in the last two years.
A fourth-grade representative from the school’s Green Team spoke at the assembly about how different life would be if he had only one pair of shoes, like the children that receive donations from Soles4Souls.
“[I was] checking my closet and realizing how many shoes I have… tennis shoes, basketball shoes, and flip-flops,” said student representative Jake Kirk. “I thought, ‘Man, I have a lot of shoes; I don’t need this many.’”
At the assembly, each grade gave a small presentation. Some sang songs; Kirk recognized students for notes they wrote for the children or posters they created for the event. Then the CEO of Nashville-based Soles4Souls addressed the school, thanking them for their participation.
The drive will conclude on Friday with a carnival, where students will help load the shoes on to trucks.
Preston Hollow resident Ralph Hawkins will be the guest of honor on Tuesday, when Texas Woman’s University announces him as the recipient of the 13th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award.
Hawkins was chairman of HKS Inc. for 12 years and is the chairman-elect for the Dallas Regional Chamber. He has been a strong proponent of education among his philanthropic activities, especially for healthcare and architecture students.
Hawkins will join a list of award recipients that includes Lindalyn Bennett Adams, Joel Allison, Mary Brinegar, Charles and Susan Cooper, Caroline Rose Hunt, Kathleen Mason, Patricia and Curtis Meadows, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, T. Boone Pickens, Myrna D. Schlegel and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, and Gretchen and Sonny Williams.
The invitation-only reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alex Camp House at the Dallas Arboretum.
A poor start proved too much for St. Mark’s to overcome against Fort Worth All Saints on Friday.
The Lions staged a third-quarter rally but eventually were turned away after two key interceptions by the Saints, who claimed a 30-13 victory in an SPC divisional matchup at Hunt Family Stadium.
St. Mark’s spotted All Saints 17 points before bouncing back behind sophomore quarterback Hyer Thomas. He tossed touchdown passes to Elton McIntosh and Case Brabham to bring the Lions (2-2) to within 17-13 late in the third quarter.
Last year, St. Mark’s and Fort Worth All Saints each advanced to the SPC title game in different brackets, with different results.
All Saints won its second straight title, while St. Mark’s was ousted by Houston Kinkaid for the second consecutive season.
The expectations of both schools to finish near the top of the standings again makes Friday’s clash at Hunt Family Stadium a critical early-season test. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
When the Edgemere senior living community in Preston Hollow hosts its first Satellite Walk fundraiser in conjunction with the Greater Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the cause will hit close to home for one Park Cities resident.
Ellen Welch, who plans to participate in the event on Friday, had both of her parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“I’m walking for my parents,” Welch said. “Even though we’ve come a long way in fighting this disease, we still have a long way to go. Awareness is the first step.”
There’s a fascinating story posted by Sports Illustrated this week on Anthony Kim, the former Preston Hollow resident and PGA Tour golfer who seemed almost to vanish from the limelight at the peak of his career.
Part of the dilemma could be an eight-figure insurance policy — stemming from a 2012 injury — that Kim, 29, can only cash if he never plays professionally again. Like I said, a terrific story about a fascinating guy.
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.
Do you have any thoughts on the Walcrest Reservoir, the new pump station and reservoir the city of Dallas is planning near the intersection of Hillcrest and Walnut Hill?
You can share them at a community meeting hosted by the Windsor Park Homeowners Association at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hillcrest High School auditorium.
Dallas City Council members Jennifer Gates and Lee Kleinman will be on hand to visit with residents about the plans for the new facility, which is part of the Dallas Water Utilities capital improvement program.
Congratulations to Preston Hollow resident Les Weisbrod, a partner at the law firm of Miller Weisbrod, who has been named the 2015 Dallas Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, a peer-review publication.
Since 1986, Weisbrod has tried or settled more than 177 medical malpractice cases that have resulted in verdicts or settlements of more than $1 million for his clients. That list includes the recent summary verdict in Dallas County for a 79-year-old client who was awarded $2 million in punitive damages.
Weisbrod, who earned a law degree from SMU, has served as president of the American Association for Justice and was a co-founding chair of the Birth Trauma Litigation group of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
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