Written by Jess Paniszczyn
The Irving Schools Foundation (ISF) hosted its annual Perpetual Giving Tree Ceremony in the IISD Administration Building on June 27. During the event, five new Fellows and five newly awarded scholarships, including the endowment of four additional scholarships, were recognized.
“We want to celebrate those who give,” said Crystal Scanio, Executive Director of ISF. “We are completely funded by the community. We don’t get many grants. It is all from individuals, teachers and companies giving.
“The Fellows ceremony acknowledges those community members who have gone above and beyond. If we really looked at everyone who helped us throughout the year, it would be a four hour ceremony. So we just highlight the ones who have donated $1,000 to be called a Fellow.
“The Giving Tree is a permanent fixture. So by having a Fellow’s leaf added on is a permanent way of showing that you have created a legacy for the Irving Schools Foundation.”
The following Fellows had their names inscribed on the Perpetual Giving Tree: Dr. Dana T. Bedden, Beth Bowman, Johnny Heard, Gary L. Schepf, and Gladys Valchar. The following scholarships were recognized: HIPPY Academic Scholarship, Irving Friendship Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Robert Pierce, MarQualyne Farr Memorial Scholarship, Mary Rudisell Honorary Scholarship, and Mr. Pike’s Special Pals Scholarship.
The following scholarships were dedicated on the Giving Tree as newly endowed scholarships: Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club Irving High School Scholarship, Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club MacArthur High School Scholarship, Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club Nimitz High School Scholarship, the Irving Friendship Foundation Scholarship, and Dr. John F. Townley Scholarship.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:29
Written by Phil Cerroni
Black Girls RUN! (BGR), a grassroots, national organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles in minority women through exercise and proper diet, held its area clinic at the Irving Convention Center on June 29. One of many clinics around the nation, the event featured a running expert from REI, motivational speeches from BGR co-founder Toni Cary and a rousing Zumba finale.
From humble beginnings four years ago, BGR has grown to 60,000 members spread among 70 groups around the United States. Although it promotes running together, the organization goes beyond jogging. It aims to create lifestyle changes.
“It really is about creating a regimen that is maintainable, because it doesn’t make sense to go hard for six weeks then you slack off for 12, and so it really is making it a part of your life, not just something that quickly fades away after three months,” Cary said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:24
Written by Amanda Casanova
The Coppell Recreation Development Corporation (CRDC) committee will present a proposal to the City Council on July 9 to reauthorize a half-cent tax that generates funding for park and recreation projects.
The 8-member CRDC committee has been asking for input on both reauthorizing the tax and broadening the use of the revenue.
If the City Council approves the tax, Coppell citizens will be asked to vote on it as early as Nov. 5. If the tax is not reauthorized, it will sunset in 2018, leaving maintenance on the projects that the tax has already funded to be paid by the city’s general fund.
In May, residents at the first public forum said they wanted to extend the tax but were worried the proposed projects weren’t all related to parks and recreation.
If the tax is reauthorized, the committee has suggested a number of new projects for the revenue, including Andrew Brown park redevelopment, Cozby library expansion, greenspace additions, a fire safety education building and park and sport amenity developments. All of the projects would have to first be approved by the City Council, Ed Guignon, a member of the CRDC committee, said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:23
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
After years of meetings, plans, discussions and negotiations, local drivers may begin seeing dirt fly and concrete move in the reconstruction of SH-183 by next summer. A veritable who’s who of area officials came together to announce the project’s progress and its expansion to include portions of SH-114, Loop-12, and the Irving Diamond Interchange.
State Representative for District 105, Linda Harper Brown, hosted the gathering at the University of Dallas on June 28.
“Construction will begin in 2014,” Harper Brown said. “We will have the contracts signed in January. Then in the next few months we will move forward. We have had several private entities very interested in this project, so we are very pleased with that, because it will move forward quickly.
“The construction time will depend on that contract, because they can build it in phases, or they can build the entire project. If they build in phases, it will take a little longer: five or six years. If they decide they want to move ahead, and there will be incentives in the contract to hopefully help the contractor to move forward more quickly, that would shorten the length of time it would take to complete the project.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:21
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
As the Tech Wizard program’s Bridge to STEAM summer camp drew to a close for Irving ISD students, the youngsters and their parents gathered at Senter Recreation Center for a ‘Stemtacular Fun Day’ on June 29. Among the festivities, students watched a fire safety demonstration, learned about forestry and water conservation and had the opportunity to have their eyes examined on a mobile vision van.
Members of the Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links Incorporated have worked with the program for the past two years as mentors and supporters.
“Last year it was a STEM summer camp,” said Avarita Williams, a Links member. “This year, it is the Bridge to STEAM summer camp. The kids worked on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
“Last year when we were working on our STEM program we did an art feature where kids learned that art is a part of architecture, designing cars and buildings. Someone has an idea that has to be sketched on paper then the mechanics are developed by a design engineer. A lot of different things all stem from art and from the vision you have.
“The 4H program teaches kids practical lessons they can do hands on and apply. Some of these kids may have never been very close to a cow. Today they not only got to see a Jersey cow, they were able to see it being milked. They now know the difference between a milk cow and a meat cow. We’ve held events in the past where kids have learned how to plant trees and shrubbery.
“We want to show kids there are alternatives in life and different career paths. We want to help them make wise choices when it comes to studying, food nutrition and giving back to the community. If they see people working in the community, they will want to do that when they grow up.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:20
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