Trinity River Audubon Center: Please say hello to our friends at the Trinity River Audubon Center! Built on a former landfill in the largest urban hardwood forest in the country, the Center has beautified and conserved an invaluable piece of land for the benefit of our community. For almost five years they have enriched the lives of Dallasites through their hands-on workshops – covering everything from survival skills, to edible bugs, to bird watching – that engage people of all ages in the exploration and conservation of nature. Coordinated with the state’s pre-K through 6th grade TEKS curriculum, visiting students work on their observation, critical thinking, and problem solving skills through immersion in the local ecology. The Center even offers workshops for educators that provide extra knowledge to bring into the classroom! We applaud the Audubon Center’s efforts to instill in local children a love for their natural habitat, and their overall commitment to youth education.
Educational First Steps: We’d like to highlight Educational First Steps as a valuable partner in the work to provide economically disadvantaged families with access to high-quality early childhood education. Through strategic and cooperative partnerships with child care providers, EFS mentors teachers and directors on site and contributes essential educational materials. They currently serve about 5,500 children, and have guided 40 centers to accreditation to date! Their efforts are vital in the push towards leveling the playing field for all students entering kindergarten, and in eventually closing the achievement gap. We thank Education First Steps for over 20 years of dedication to North Texas and look forward to our continued partnership!
The Hockaday School: We’d like to recognize The Hockaday School, which has been preparing young women for leadership and success for 100 years! Serving pre-K through 12th grade, Hockaday is the largest all-girls private preparatory school in the country. Their well-rounded program ensures that 100 percent of graduating seniors are accepted to prestigious universities and that they are prepared to excel both academically and professionally. In addition to their demanding academic curriculum, a strong emphasis is placed on fine arts and athletics. Extracurricular opportunities abound, with dozens of clubs and community service projects available. Hockaday strives to have a diverse student body, and makes efforts by providing an English immersion program for international students, as well as generous need-based financial aid. We admire The Hockaday School’s holistic and enormously successful program, and appreciate their partnership!