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October 14-18, 2019 is National School Lunch Week and is a time to remind students, parents and communities that a healthy lunch helps students learn, grow and achieve. Something that Texans Can Academies supports all school year. 

According to the School Nutrition Association, three-fourths of school districts reported having unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Many students at Texans Can Academies and their families struggle financially and some come to school hungry and without enough money to  purchase their lunches. 

Texans Can Academies’ goal is to support their students in any way they can to ensure they receive a quality education and earn their high school diploma. They don’t want their students to have to worry about finances getting in the way of achieving this goal. Therefore to address the wellbeing of students, Texans Can Academies provides free breakfast and lunch to all enrolled students at their 14 campuses in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. 

Fresh vegetables, fruits, salads, and sandwiches are among a few of the options served for lunch. “A new menu item this year is the taco salad, which has already received rave reviews from the students and provides them with a healthy option for lunch,” said Salihah Majors, Texans Can Academies’ Student Nutrition Services Coordinator. 

Texans Can Academies graduate thinkers and offer students, aged 14 to 21, who have struggled in a traditional high school setting a second chance at earning their high school diploma. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice. For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org

 

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Texans Can Academies is excited to announce that they are one of three finalists in the running to receive a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives Vote!”, a charitable-giving program from Reliant. The public can vote at reliant.com/vote. Voting begins October 7 at noon and ends October 13 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). 

The Reliant Gives mission is to support causes that are important to their employees and customers across Texas through charitable donations. The three nonprofit finalists are nominated and chosen by Reliant employees. It is then up to the public who wins the largest donation through voting online for one of the three nominated nonprofits. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 16. The nonprofit with the most votes receives $100,000; second place wins $20,000; and third place receives $10,000. The Reliant Gives Vote program was established in 2016 and has donated $1 million to 24 nonprofits to date. 

Texans Can Academies is a unique network of 14 dropout recovery schools located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org

 

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Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Westcreek campus offers students a 13-week Eye Tech Academy program where students can learn skills that will take them into the field of opticianry and help them enter jobs in the optical field in order to achieve economic independence. There is an “Eye CAN Optical” clinic at the campus where students can help Dr. Gayle Daniels give eye exams and fit students or community members for glasses. 

Students at Texans Can Academy - Dallas Pleasant Grove had their vision tested at Eye CAN Optical clinic, and on September 27th, seven students enrolled in the Eye Tech Academy travelled with Dr. Gayle Daniels to Texans Can Academy - Dallas Pleasant Grove to distribute prescription glasses to students. Approximately 40 students received their new glasses that didn’t previously have them.

According to Education Week Research Center analysis of National Survey of Children’s Health Data, 2018, nearly 1 in 3 children haven’t had their vision tested in at least two years. Reading, writing, smart board work and using computers are among the visual tasks high school students perform daily. A student’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom to capture the information needed to learn and follow directions. When one’s vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer. Texans Can Academy ensures students in need of vision exams and prescription glasses are able to receive the care they need to improve their academic performance. 

Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 dropout recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. To date, more than 162,139 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

 

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Texans Can Academies will host the 2019 Dallas Cares for Kids Golf Classic at Gleneagles Country Club on October 28, 2019. The annual golf classic serves as one of the premier golf tournaments in the Dallas community. This year’s tournament will boast Celebrity Host and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown and a live broadcast will be provided by ESPN Dallas (103.3 FM).

Sponsorships will support the empowerment of over 2,500 students continuing to fight through adversities and gain an education in Dallas. There are a variety of sponsorships available ranging from $1,000 to $25,000: Hole Sponsor for $1,000; Beverage Sponsor for $2,000; Premium Hole Sponsor for $3,000; Cart Sponsor for $4,000; Bronze Sponsor for $5,000; Silver Sponsor for $7,500; Gold Sponsor for $10,000; Platinum Sponsor for $15,000; and Presenting Sponsor for $25,000.

Presenting Sponsors will get their company name or logo above the tournament title on all press releases, signage and other printed materials, a full page advertisement in the tournament program as well as on-course advertising opportunities, multiple social media features and prominent placement on TexansCan.org, eight player entries in the tournament, and two VIP tables reserved at the awards reception, among other great perks.

In addition to sponsorships, teams and individual players may reserve their tickets to play in the tournament. Tickets are $300 per individual player and $1,000 per four-person team. All proceeds are dedicated to providing every student the opportunity to pursue their dreams while removing barriers that keep them from attaining their education.

Every impact provides solutions for the 83% of Texans Can Academies students who live below the poverty line. Some of the resources that sponsorships and tickets help provide: school uniforms for students who cannot afford them, eye exams and glasses for students so they can focus better in classes, dental services to low-income students, basic needs for students like food and clothing, 24/7 counseling and mental health services. Sponsorships also support college-, military-, and career-readiness programs, offering students a safe passage from graduation to their futures.

Texans Can Academies, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has six Dallas-area high school campuses that welcome all students ages 14-21. Texans Can Academies schools work with disadvantaged and at-risk youth statewide who have struggled in a traditional high school setting and would not otherwise have the chance at a diploma. The organization believes providing the highest quality education for all students is necessary to ensure their economic independence. To date, more than 151,800 students have changed their lives and the lives of their families through Texans Can Academies.

What:   2019 Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Golf Classic

When:  Monday, October 28, 2019

     Registration at 11:00 a.m.

     Shotgun Start at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Gleneagles Country Club

     5401 West Park Blvd.

     Plano, TX 75093

Cost:    Sponsorships and tickets are available

     Individual tickets cost $300; Four-person teams cost $1,000

     Sponsorships begin at $1,000 

Tickets and sponsorships may be reserved by contacting Felicia Gummi, Dallas Development Director, at 2144-882-7949 or fgummi@texanscan.org. For more information about the 2019 Dallas Cares for Kids Golf Classic, please visit www.TexansCan.org/Event/2019DallasGolf.

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Char'd Fort Worth will offer free customizable bowls to the first 100 guests during its grand opening event on Thursday, September 19.

Char’d, a Southeast Asian Kitchen, will be giving away free customizable bowls to celebrate the grand opening of the restaurant’s Fort Worth location. The celebration will take place on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 8901 Tehama Ridge Parkway, Suite 137 in the Presidio Towne Crossing shopping center in Fort Worth.

In addition to free customizable bowls for the first 100 people that attend the grand opening celebration, Char’d will be offering all guests coupons for ten percent off their next visit to the restaurant. 

“We are very excited to open our third location and introduce Char’d to the Fort Worth community during our grand opening event,” said Martin Doan, majority owner, Char’d: Southeast Asian Kitchen. “We recently opened a location in Richardson, and we have plans to continue expanding and offering Southeast Asian cuisine to guests all over the United States.” 

Char’d gives guests the freedom to mix and match different Asian flavors, including Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean flavors, with customizable bowls. Guests build their own bowls by choosing a base, protein, veggies, sauce and toppings or choose from a pre-designed bowls such as Vietnamese Grilled Pork or Thai Red Curry Chicken. Giving diners the option to pick and choose their own bowls makes Char’d a great option for picky eaters, gluten-free guests or those on keto or paleo diets. 

In addition to customizable bowls, the menu at Char’d offers steamed buns, spring rolls, poke, homemade ice cream, local craft beer and a large selection of wine among many other delicious options. All menu items are made in-house using fresh ingredients. 

Starting with just a few sets of clothing and $30 in their pockets, Martin Doan’s parents were the first in their family to immigrate to the United States from Vietnam. The Doan family’s passion for foods, flavors and influences from different Asian cultures sparked the inspiration for Char’d. Char’d: Southeast Asian Kitchen is family-owned and operated by siblings Martin, Dominic, Joseph, Paul and Mary Doan. 

Char’d has two other restaurants located in Mansfield and Richardson. For more information, please visit www.chardkitchen.com.

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The Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids luncheon will honor Maurine Dickey on Friday, September 20, 2019. The luncheon will benefit six Dallas-area dropout recovery and prevention high schools.

Texans Can Academies will honor longtime philanthropist Maurine Dickey at the annual Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Belo Mansion. The Cares for Kids luncheon is open to the public and annually recognizes individuals who exemplify family and community leadership while benefiting the students who attend the six Dallas-area campuses.

Maurine Dickey will be recognized for her generosity to Texans Can Academies and dedication to helping children overcome obstacles. For more than six years, she served as Chairman of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, an agency that is devoted to the protection of children. In addition, she was chair of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board and served on the County Juvenile Board.

As a former Dallas County Commissioner, Maurine Dickey served two four-year terms from 2005 to 2013 with a focus on regional issues such as transportation and high speed rail. She was the only County Commissioner to have ever served on the Parkland Hospital Board of Managers. While a Commissioner, she chaired initiatives such as the County’s Clean Air Task Force and the non-profit Prostitute Diversion Initiative, and was Vice President of the Texas High Speed Rail Corporation.

Maurine Dickey and her husband, Roland Dickey, own Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, a franchised chain of 500 restaurants across the country. Dickey’s was originally established by Roland’s father in 1941, and the original store is on Knox Street and North Central Expressway in the Knox/Henderson district of North Dallas.

The Dickey family and its family of restaurants takes pride in serving those who serve local communities through its foundation, Barbecue, Boots & Badges. Through the national campaign led by Maurine Dickey, local support benefits law enforcement and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day by serving the public. Barbecue, Boots & Badges creates partnerships between local law enforcement and communities that are crucial in orchestrating crime reduction programs and initiatives. Additionally, the foundation provides educational programs to the public that will enhance safety, build career awareness, encourage volunteer opportunities and provide funds to enhance these services.

As this year’s Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon honoree, Maurine Dickey recently visited the Texans Can Academies - Dallas Oak Cliff campus to speak with the students about education and to provide them with helpful life lessons. She also treated a select group of students to lunch at the original Dickey’s Barbecue location.

Tickets and sponsorships for the 2019 Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon are now available. Individual tickets are $150 and a VIP table is $1,000. Sponsorship levels include: Valedictorian Sponsor - $25,000; Graduate Sponsor - $15,000; Senior Sponsor - $10,000; Junior Sponsor - $5,000; Sophomore Sponsor - $3,000; and Freshman Sponsor - $1,500.

Valedictorian Sponsors will receive three VIP tables for the luncheon, pre-event recognition in media materials and on social media, on-site recognition in the form of program, event signage and presentation advertising, and post-event recognition with a feature in the 2020 Sponsorship Kit, among other great perks.

Proceeds from the 2019 Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon will benefit the students of Dallas Can Academies who seek a second chance and renewed hope of brighter futures through a high school education. Texans Can Academies believes a high quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a non-traditional high school setting, is the key to ensuring economic independence and success.

The luncheon’s Honorary Chairs are Lucy Billingsley and Florence Shapiro. Co-Chairs include Milla Jones, Jim Pitts and Mabrie Jackson.

What: 2019 Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon

When: Friday, September 20, 2019

   11:00 a.m.

Where: The Belo Mansion

     2101 Ross Avenue

     Dallas, Texas 75201

Cost: Sponsorships and tickets are available

  Individual tickets cost $150; VIP tables cost $1,000

  Sponsorships begin at $1,500

Tickets and sponsorships are available by contacting Felicia Gummi, Dallas Development Director, at 2144-882-7949 or fgummi@texanscan.org. For more information about the 2019 Dallas Cares For Kids Luncheon, please visit www.TexansCan.org/Event/DallasLuncheon2019.

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Every year Texans Can Academies strives to fulfill the needs of each one of our students. Since 95 percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged, most students cannot afford daily necessities. Texans Can Academies exists to remove those obstacles in students’ lives so they can focus more fully on their education in order to move onto brighter futures. 

Because of our supporters, we were able to help hundreds of students last year by providing glasses, immunizations, uniforms and more. As new students enroll, a variety of basic survival needs arise. 

Texans Can Academies needs your help on North Texas Giving Day to continue serving the underserved population in North Texas by providing students with a high quality education, access to resources, and the skills they need to achieve their own economic independence through a pathway of success, which is all made possible from the help of our supporters. 

Texans Can Academies is committed to helping the whole student. We rely on our community here in North Texas to support the students at our eight campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth. Donations are used toward providing students with eyeglasses, clothes, vaccinations, food and access to dental and mental health resources along with whatever else our students might need to succeed. 

Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 dropout prevention and recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting.

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Every year Texans Can Academies strives to fulfill the needs of each one of our students. Since 95 percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged, most students cannot afford daily necessities. Texans Can Academies exists to remove those obstacles in students’ lives so they can focus more fully on their education in order to move onto brighter futures. 

Because of our supporters, we were able to help hundreds of students last year by providing glasses, immunizations, uniforms and more. As new students enroll, a variety of basic survival needs arise. 

Texans Can Academies provides students with a high quality education, access to resources, and the skills they need, so they can achieve their own economic independence through a pathway of success, which is all made possible from the help of our supporters. 

Texans Can Academies is committed to helping the whole student. We rely on our community here in North Texas to support the students at our eight campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth. Donations are used toward providing students with eyeglasses, clothes, vaccinations, food and access to dental and mental health resources along with whatever else our students might need to succeed. 

Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 dropout prevention and recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting.

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visitwww.texanscan.org.

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Prism Health North Texas Prism Health North Texas has been providing "hope, compassion and care" to patients with HIV/AIDS for over 33 years. The nonprofit is able to tackle health inequities and meet each patient where they are in large thanks to the community's support through donations, advocating for affordable healthcare and dismantling the stigma against HIV/AIDS.

With the mission of advancing the health of North Texas through education, research, prevention and personalized integrated HIV care, Prism Health North Texas has been at the forefront of HIV treatment in Dallas since 1986. The nonprofit is able to tackle health inequities and meet each patient where they are in large thanks to the community's support through donations, advocating for affordable healthcare and dismantling the stigma against HIV/AIDS. 

Formerly AIDS Arms, Prism Health North Texas formed to provide "hope, compassion and care" to patients with HIV/AIDS. Prism Health North Texas partners with North Texans to illuminate a broad array of futures and health available to them. The organization commits to staying on top of and involved with medical research in order to continually provide patients with personalized expert care for their sexual health needs. Services provided include comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, STD testing and treatment, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) services, transgender care and infectious diseases diagnosis and treatment. The organization provides these services and more at three health centers in Dallas: Oak Cliff Health Center, Oak Lawn Center and South Dallas Health Center. 

In May 2019, Prism Health North Texas proudly opened the doors to Oak Lawn Center, a state-of-the-art facility specially designed to provide fast, convenient access to sexual wellness services. The center, located at 2801 Lemmon Ave in Dallas, offers PrEP services as well as sexual health needs from STI treatments to behavioral health counseling to educational resources. Appointments are not needed at this location, where patients can quickly and easily receive testing and treatment for STIs. Oak Lawn Center is designed with patient privacy in mind, with enclosed nook spaces for patients to await their appointments and check-ins managed via text message. The clinic also offers financial assistance and dedicated case managers to help patients receive care, especially those with low or no income. 

Additionally, Prism Health North Texas offers HIV/AIDS education resources and organizes events throughout the year for the North Texas community. The organization offers free HIV testing multiple times a month at local health centers and engages in community outreach to spread awareness of getting tested to help stop the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases. Prism Health North Texas also sponsors the LifeWalk event, an annual 5k that helps raise vital funds to support those who are living with HIV/AIDS.

For 29 years, Prism Health North Texas has helped organize the largest fundraising and awareness walk in Texas. Participants of the LifeWalk event support Prism Health North Texas and other community partners in ending the HIV epidemic in North Texas. The event provides participants with free HIV testing and enables individuals to connect to the broad array of services provided by the nonprofit. A celebration of unity, health and care, the 29th Annual LifeWalk event will be held at Turtle Creek Park on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

All donations to Prism Health North Texas for North Texas Giving Day on September 19 will support our vision of building equitable healthcare access for all Texans. Donations will go to initiatives like community outreach and awareness, keeping sexual wellness care as affordable as possible, HIV/AIDS research and more. To make a donation to Prism Health North Texas for North Texas Giving Day, please visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/prism-health-north-texas

For more information about Prism Health North Texas, please visit www.phntx.org or www.dallasprep.comIf you are interested in participating in this year's LifeWalk event, please visit www.lifewalk.org

 

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Texans Can Academy - Dallas North students register for their first day of classes at the new high school.

Texans Can Academy - Dallas North opened its doors this week to high school students in the Lake Highlands community of Dallas. Texans Can Academies’ newest dropout prevention and recovery school offers services and resources to at-risk students beyond the classroom.

Located near the intersection of Forest Lane and Skillman Street, the new campus is made up of three buildings and has the capacity to serve up to 350 total students. Building A, the largest of the three buildings, opened its doors to 205 eager students on its first day, offering 15 different classes dedicated to student success and graduating thinkers.

The school offers two half-day programs every weekday for their enrolled students. Students are able to attend school either four hours in the morning or in the afternoon to allow them time to work if needed. In addition, classroom sizes are kept small to help students receive the undivided attention they need, with a student-to-teacher ratio average of 17:1.

Texans Can Academy - Dallas North will provide opportunities like dual credit courses for students that want to continue with college. The school plans to focus on helping interested students achieve Microsoft Certifications and offer other resources that will help them in their future careers. Additional services provided include 24/7 counseling, Care Vans that provide immunizations and flu shots, complimentary eye exams and eyeglasses, college and career resources and transportation.

Located at 9704 Skillman Street in Dallas, Texans Can Academy - Dallas North is still enrolling students for the fall semester. Texans Can Academies serves students who have struggled in a traditional high school environment and offers students the chance to achieve a high school diploma instead of a GED.

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.