Louisa Meyer, a Dallas ISD volunteer, has launched the “I will graduate” campaign to outfit every elementary student in the district with a t-shirt promoting the DISD high school they’ll attend along with their graduation date.
So, for example, a Winnetka Elementary kindergarten student would wear a t-shirt promoting Sunset High School and the year 2026.
“But too many in Dallas ISD do not have that advantage,” she says. “Dallas ISD also has a 30 percent mobility rate of children who change schools, something that clearly interrupts learning.”
She hopes these t-shirts can help change that. She says local philanthropist Todd Williams has already signed on as the first sponsor. Colleges and universities can sponsor the project and be listed on the backs of the t-shirts, so the shirts promote not only high school graduation, but college as well.
The goal? Place one of 22 high school shirts on all DISD elementary school students. That’s 40,000 shirts and adds up to $165,000 that’s needed in sponsorships.