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The work that it takes to positively impact students’ lives is monumental and often underappreciated. During this season of thanksgiving, I am grateful for those inspirational individuals who pour so much into our youth. Without their guidance and care, many students might never know what it’s like to have someone in their corner, pushing them to do and be their best every day.

During this time of year, I’m often reminded of the dedicated educators who give so much of themselves every day preparing students for success. Through their commitment and tireless efforts, children learn to dream, aspire, and prepare for their future. 

I’m also reminded of the parents and guardians who, despite the demands of their jobs and day- to-day living, make it a priority to help their children succeed in school.  Whether it’s homework help, trips to the library, chaperoning, getting involved in the booster club, volunteering in a classroom, providing much needed class supplies or simply providing small tokens of appreciation to their child’s teachers, these individuals make a difference for their child and for the entire school.

I can’t overlook the many business and community members and partners who connect with schools to tutor and mentor students or adopt schools and classrooms to support them throughout the year. It’s hard to measure the impact of these actions, but we know it’s tremendous. Each of these generous partners are paying it forward toward a better life for each student they impact.  

Educating our youth is complex, far reaching, challenging, and so worth the effort. I’m thankful for each of you, and I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving season.

Other news:

Congratulations to the students from District 7 who made the All-State Dance Team: Tyianah Duren-Clifton, Molina High School, Jacqueline Hernandez, Sunset High School; and Alize Rangel, W.H. Adamson High School. 

Now’s the time to apply for a Dallas ISD specialty school for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications can be completed online or stop by the school. The application window is open through January 31. For more info: www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices.

Be sure to check out Fall Preview Nights to learn more about the incredible schools in our own neighborhoods. Be sure to call the schools before you go as times may change:

-James Hogg ES, 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 27

-L.K. Hall ES, 5 p.m., Thursday, November 29

-W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts, 6 p.m., Thursday, November 29

-Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts, 7 p.m., Thursday, December 6

-Raul Quintanilla Middle School, 6 p.m., Thursday, December 6

-Felix Botello ES, 5 p.m., Thursday, December 13

Dallas ISD Trustee Audrey Pinkerton, District 7