Cougars for College

The Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern, home of the mighty Cougars, serves more than 9,500 students and families in our east Dallas community. In partnership with educators, parents, donors and organizations such as the Commit! Partnership, we are collectively striving to make our community a place where all students graduate and are college and workforce ready. This effort starts in pre-kindergarten and each year thereafter, building a strong educational foundation and inspiring students to believe they can and will attend college.


Beginning the week of August 18, the nine elementary and two middle schools within the Bryan Adams feeder pattern will invite parents, alumni and community members to join us in hanging college banners donated by Todd Williams, a Cougar alum. This donation, coordinated through the ongoing support of District 3 Trustee Dan Micciche, will create inspiring, color-filled hallways to welcome students back and kick off the new school year with strong visuals to support our mission of ensuring students graduate on time fully prepared to enter college, the military or a career.

Throughout the year, our feeder pattern will continue to emphasize the benefits of college each third Thursday of the month with “Cougar College Days,” where students and staff will wear college shirts, research colleges and engage in other college-focused activities. Students will also visit local colleges and learn from guest speakers. These activities will be supported by a strong emphasis of academic mastery with reading tutoring and mentoring at each of feeder schools.

Statistics support these endeavors, as college graduates earn almost twice as much income as high school graduates and account for less than one-third of the country’s unemployment rate. Every 1% increase in our four-year college graduation rates translates into ~$84 MILLION in incremental lifetime earnings for our current 9,500 student cohort. Additional benefits, such as health and well-being are also highly correlated with education levels.

With your help, we believe we can transform our local education system and build a stronger east Dallas community. Attached are the times and locations for college decorating. Please join us at the time indicated, or contact us to schedule another time at your convenience. Also please consider sharing this link with other potential volunteers you feel might be interested in assisting.

Your support and engagement is welcomed! To join our efforts, please contact your local school or Executive Director Jolee Healey at

Date & Time School/Location Contact
August 19
3 to 5 p.m.
Casa View Elementary
2100 N. Farola Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228
Darlene Mir
Phone #: (972) 749-7700
Gaston Middle School
9565 Mercer Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228
Sylvia Jara
Phone: (972) 502-5400
Charles A. Gill Elementary
10910 Ferguson Rd.
Dallas, TX 75228
Guadalupe Rodriguez
Phone: (972) 749-8400
Robert T. Hill Middle School
505 Easton Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Omelia Pompa
Phone: (972) 502-5700
Larry G. Smith Elementary
5299 Gus Thomasson Rd.
Mesquite, TX 75150
Julia Salinas
Phone: (972) 502-4800
August 20
3 to 5 p.m.
Bayles Elementary
2444 Telegraph Ave.
Dallas, TX 75228
Jean Watson
Phone: (972) 749-8900
Victor H. Hexter Elementary
9720 Waterview Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Debra Kirkpatrick
Phone: (972) 502-5800
Edwin J. Kiest Elementary
2611 Healey Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228
Sandra Brown
Phone: (972) 502-5600
Martha Turner Reilly Elementary
11230 Lippitt Ave.
Dallas, TX 75218
Irene Aguilar
Phone: (972) 749-7800
August 22
3 to 5 p.m.
Reinhardt Elementary
10122 Losa Dr.
Dallas, TX 75218
Perla Castro
Phone: (972) 749-7900
August 22
5 to 7 p.m.
Alex Sanger Elementary
8410 San Leandro Dr.
Dallas, TX 75218
Graciela Villegas
Phone: (972) 749-7600