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Texans Can Academies teachers got a special note of encouragement over the holiday season from one of Dallas’s shining stars. Throughout 2020, teachers worked tirelessly to keep their students engaged and learning despite mounting challenges. At Texans Can Academies, teachers found themselves working overtime to ensure their students would stay on the path for graduation. Not only did this dedicated team of educators provide computers for virtual learning and school supplies, but they also worked to provide other vital resources like food and counseling to keep students healthy and encouraged through one of their most difficult times. This work continues.

Texans Can Academies is a unique network of 14 dropout prevention and recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio dedicated to providing the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. The work Texans Can Academies has done through the COVID-19 pandemic is an extension of its mission to ensure its students’ economic independence. During a time when economic pressures threaten to pull students away from school, that mission is more urgent than ever.

One Dallas resident taking notice of all the hard work is Mark Cuban, philanthropist, entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner. In a video shared with a teacher at Texans Can Academies, Cuban praised the educators for their hard work and thanked them for teaching Dallas’s students. Cuban also shared words of encouragement saying, “the best is right around the corner.” After encouraging Texans Can Academies to persevere in teaching Dallas youth, Cuban declared that “we have a lot to look forward to” and promised future fun and a sense of normalcy soon at Mavericks games. 

In a time of uncertainty and unremitting challenges, it is heartwarming to hear words of praise and kindness from one of Dallas’s biggest stars. The staff at Texans Can Academies enters 2021 grateful for this outpouring of support as it continues to graduate thinkers.

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