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Students at the five Dallas Can Academies campuses received free eye exams and prescription glasses when the school year began from the Essilor Vision Foundation’s mobile optometry clinic. Kids Vision For Life is a program created by Essilor Vision Foundation of Dallas that partners with schools and communities to provide mobile vision services to children in need.

 

A bus travelling with two optometrists who provided complete vision exams and housing a lab outfitted with equipment necessary to edge and finish prescription glasses rolled onto the five Dallas Can Academies’ campuses to test students’ vision and identify those who needed glasses. The exams identified 380 students needing vision correction. While they were waiting in the mobile lab, new prescription glasses with name-brand frames were prepared for them to wear back to class. Dallas Can Academies covered the discounted $50 per student fee, freeing students of any financial responsibility.

 

“I love my new glasses,” said Dallas Can Academy senior Nancy Gonzalez. “I’d been having trouble reading, and it turns out I couldn’t see the words very well. I didn’t even know I needed glasses. Plus, they look pretty cool!” Gonzalez is not alone; 90% of children who need glasses do not have them.

 

“Good vision health is an essential component to educating the whole student, said Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academies. “We know that students with poor vision are three times more likely to fail a grade. I am very grateful to the Essilor Vision Foundation for helping us provide the best resources and support for our students’ educational success. They also walk back to class looking great and feeling proud of their new glasses.”

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Houston Can Academy Hobby students and staff participated in the Greater Gulf Coast Blood Bank drive. It was the third year participating in the blood drive and always "draws" students wanting to give back. There were over 35 blood donors between Houston Can Academy students and staff.  The students learned the value and importance of being a blood donor and the life saving benefits it provides.

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Texans Can Academies, a public high school system of choice with 11 campuses statewide, proudly welcomes Thom Suhy as its new development relations director. Suhy will oversee all fundraising levels, coordinate community outreach and awareness efforts, and devise and implement preferred development communication practices for the statewide Texans Can development team.

Suhy joins Texans Can Academies with an extensive background in education as a researcher and school principal. He holds a Master of Arts in educational administration from the University of Notre Dame and is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in education from Southern Methodist University. Before redirecting his career to follow his passion for education, Suhy spent over 18 years in business development within the technology and real estate industries.

“We are excited to have Thom join our team,“ said Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academies. “His expertise in education, business acumen, and, most importantly, his passion for teaching children, bring an incredible momentum to Texans Can Academies.”

 Thom and his wife Kim live in Coppell with two teenage sons.

About Texans Can Academies

Celebrating 30 years of providing the highest quality education for all students, Texans Can schools are graduating thinkers.  Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 11 charter 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. To date, more than 130,000 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Cars for Kids is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization benefiting Texans Can Academies and is the only car donation program in Texas that is operated by the charity it serves. For more information, visit: www.texanscan.org or www.carsforkids.org.

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Texans Can Academies, a public high school system of choice with 11 campuses statewide, proudly welcomes Thom Suhy as its new development relations director. Suhy will oversee all fundraising levels, coordinate community outreach and awareness efforts, and devise and implement preferred development communication practices for the statewide Texans Can development team.

Suhy joins Texans Can Academies with an extensive background in education as a researcher and school principal. He holds a Master of Arts in educational administration from the University of Notre Dame and is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in education from Southern Methodist University. Before redirecting his career to follow his passion for education, Suhy spent over 18 years in business development within the technology and real estate industries.

“We are excited to have Thom join our team,“ said Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academies. “His expertise in education, business acumen, and, most importantly, his passion for teaching children, bring an incredible momentum to Texans Can Academies.”

 Thom and his wife Kim live in Coppell with two teenage sons.

About Texans Can Academies

Celebrating 30 years of providing the highest quality education for all students, Texans Can schools are graduating thinkers.  Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 11 charter 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. To date, more than 130,000 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Cars for Kids is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization benefiting Texans Can Academies and is the only car donation program in Texas that is operated by the charity it serves. For more information, visit: www.texanscan.org or www.carsforkids.org.

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Rudy Rodriguez, Jr. was recently re-elected to Texans Can Academies’ Board of Trustees for a second three-year term. Texans Can Academies is an open enrollment, public high school system of choice with 11 campuses statewide.

 

Rodriguez currently serves as senior vice president and general counsel of CEC (Chuck E. Cheese) Entertainment, Inc. of Irving. A graduate of Texas A&M University and Harvard Law School, Rodriguez’s private and in-house practice has primarily concentrated in commercial and employment litigation throughout his 25-year career. He has remained active in civic and bar organizations throughout his professional life. In addition to his role as a Board Trustee at Texans Can Academies, he is a founding director and president of the Denton High School Family Assistance Foundation, which provides assistance to members of his alma mater’s community of alumni, faculty, and staff.

 

“I am honored to have been selected for a second term as a member of the Board of Trustees and look forward to continuing our important work in offering an outstanding education to high school students,” said Rodriguez,

 

“We are fortunate to have Rudy continue on the board,” said Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academies. “Our trustees volunteer countless hours to guide our schools and assure we deliver the best education available to our students.”

 

About Texans Can Academies

Celebrating 30 years of providing the highest quality education for all students, Texans Can schools are graduating thinkers.  Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 11 charter 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. To date, more than 130,000 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Cars for Kids is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization benefiting Texans Can Academies and is the only car donation program in Texas that is operated by the charity it serves. For more information, visit: www.texanscan.org or www.carsforkids.org

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North Oak Cliff resident Michael Casey was recently re-elected to Texans Can Academies’ Board of Trustees for a second three-year term. Texans Can Academies is an open enrollment, public high school system of choice with 11 campuses statewide.

 

Casey is chairman of the board and CEO of Grand Bank Texas as well as president and CEO of Casey Bancorp, Inc. A native of Texas City, Casey graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree. He has served on numerous nonprofit and business boards throughout his professional career.

 

“I am honored to have been re-elected for a second term as a member of the Texans Can Academies Board of Trustees,” said Casey. “It’s a privilege to be allowed to continue working for our students. I am always inspired by their determination and fortitude.”

 

Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academies, said, “We are fortunate to have Michael continue on the board. Our trustees volunteer countless hours to guide our schools and assure we deliver the best education available to our students. Michael doesn’t mind rolling his sleeves up and helping us do whatever is needed to assure we deliver the best possible education to our students.”

 

About Texans Can Academies

Celebrating 30 years of providing the highest quality education for all students, Texans Can schools are graduating thinkers.  Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 11 charter 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. To date, more than 130,000 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Cars for Kids is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization benefiting Texans Can Academies and is the only car donation program in Texas that is operated by the charity it serves. For more information, visit: www.texanscan.org or www.carsforkids.org

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Colleyville resident and financial executive Adriana Lopez-Hammer was recently elected to a three-year term with the Texans Can Academies’ Board of Trustees. Texans Can Academies is an open enrollment, tuition-free, public high school system of choice with 11 campuses statewide.

Lopez-Hammer is the vice president of business development for Triumph Business Capital and has worked extensively in business and finance in the Irving area almost 20 years. Fluent in Spanish, Lopez-Hammer is the current treasurer of the Executive Board of the Hispanic 100, former chair of the Executive Board of the Concilio, and past president elect of Head Start of Greater Dallas. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, Lopez has always enjoyed volunteering with children and the community.

“Working with children and giving back to our community is a lifelong passion of mine,” says Lopez-Hammer. “I’m honored to serve Texans Can Academies and support their impressive strides for students that need extra support and attention to continue their high school education and create an independent life for themselves.”

Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academies, said, “I am pleased to welcome Adriana to this hard-working group of trustees who volunteer countless hours to assure we deliver the best possible education to our students. She has dived right in to supporting our mission and helping us continue to give our students the education they deserve.”

About Texans Can Academies

Celebrating 30 years of providing the highest quality education for all students, Texans Can Academies are graduating thinkers.  Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 11 charter 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. To date, more than 130,000 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Cars for Kids is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization benefiting Texans Can Academies and is the only car donation program in Texas that is operated by the charity it serves. For more information, visit: www.texanscan.org or www.carsforkids.org

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MetroPCS is giving away school supplies at 16 participating locations during scheduled hours on Thursdays through Sundays from July 30th to August 23rd. Each two-hour event will feature remote broadcasting from local radio stations.

 

In order to support children during the school day and after the bell rings, MetroPCS is making school supplies available to students while also donating $1 to nonprofit group for each phone activation, After-School All-Stars of North Texas, for every activation in one of their stores during the month of August. 

 

During the in-store events, MetroPCS will hand out free cinch sacks filled with school supplies (limit 2 per adult and 1 per child) while supplies last.  Each school supply kit will include a three-subject notebook, pocket folder, pencils, pens, eraser tops, glue sticks, ruler and every child’s favorite, a pack of 16-count crayons. 

 

“We are really excited to give back to the children of the DFW community by offering free school supplies and supporting After-School All-Stars,” said Peter Slater, director of field marketing, north central region, MetroPCS. “The education of our community’s children is vitally important to our future. It brings great joy to our associates to have a small part in starting the school year off with new supplies to kids in our area.”

 

Committed to providing comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life, After-School All-Stars North Texas serves 240 students in two schools. The program strives to make sure their participants are safe and healthy, graduate from high school and continue to college so that they may find a career they love and give back to the community.

Event details:

School supply give-away:

July 30 – August 23, 2015

Scheduled hours at 16 participating locations

Thursdays - Sundays   

 

Donations to After-School All-Stars:

August 1 – August 31, 2015

All DFW MetroPCS locations

 

For more information please contact Danielle White at dmeadors@metropcs.com or visit www.metropcs.com/dfwschoolsupplies for a list of participating locations and times. 

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Texans Can Academies and Cars for Kids announces the relocation of its vehicle donation and auction facility from 1911 E Division St, Arlington, Texas to 7100 Marvin D. Love Freeway at the corner of Highway 67 and Camp Wisdom Road in Dallas, Texas. The 8.3-acre site was a former automobile dealership that has long been vacant and recently renovated by Cars for Kids. The renovation of the 27,000 square foot main building includes offices for the nonprofit organization’s staff members, a buyer’s lounge, dealer room, sales offices and an indoor auction bay with seating for the public. The facility is equipped with energy efficient lighting inside and out. 

Cars for Kids facilities manager and boat mechanic, William "Bill" Garey, designed and painted the inspiring new mural in the facility’s lobby that depicts the purpose of the nonprofit charity: to give all students a second chance to graduate from high school. Saturday auctions will be held weekly at 9 a.m. at the new site and are open to the public.  

“We are happy to be in our new location, bringing us closer to most of our customers and donors,” said Malcolm Wentworth, chief operating officer of Texans Can Academies.  “We have lots of parking available at this facility and have more room to accommodate our buyers, both inside and outside.”

Cars For Kids has been operated by Texans Can Academies since 1992 and is the only car donation facility in the United States directly run by the charity it benefits. Donations are accepted across the United States of vehicles, boats, RVs, jet skis and heavy equipment, running or not. Free towing for vehicles, boats and other equipment is also offered to all donors. If the title is not available, Cars for Kids donation specialists are able to apply and receive a title for the vehicle or boat. Full fair market value for donations is given in most cases, giving donors the best tax deduction within IRS guidelines. 

Public auto auctions will be held at the facility 50 Saturdays out of the year. When a vehicle is donated, the condition is evaluated and, if warranted, minor repairs are made by employees of the nonprofit organization to improve the sales price at auction. Once the donation specialists are able to verify the status of the vehicle’s title, the vehicle is placed into one of their auctions.  After the car is sold to the highest auction bidder, the Cars for Kids Auction staff processes all auction sale paperwork and files the appropriate documents with the state for processing and titling of the vehicle.

The nonprofit group donates 100% of the net proceeds from the auctions to support the at-risk high school students enrolled in Texans Can Academies. Cars for Kids’ mission is to raise funds for Texans Can Academies’ 11 charter schools 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 those wishing to donate a vehicle or other property, online forms are available to schedule a free pick-up. Tow trucks are usually able to respond within 24 hours to those wishing to have a car or boat delivered to Cars for Kids. Staff members are also available seven days a week, 24-hours each day at 866-835-KIDS (5437) to answer questions or process donation paperwork. The larger and newly opened auction center also has cars available each Saturday for anyone wishing to purchase a pre-owned car, truck, boat, jet skis and more. 

Visit www.carsforkids.org, www.texascarsforkids.org or www.texanscan.org for more details and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarsforKidsTexansCan. Write off the car, not the kidTM!

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Dallas Can Academies will celebrate businesswoman Natalie Jenkins Sorrell at their 22nd Annual Motherhood Luncheon, Friday, May 8 at 11 a.m., at The Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Sorrell, the Director of Investments for the Employees’ Retirement Fund (ERF) of the City of Dallas, and mother of two young children, will be honored for her commitment to education, family, and community. The event benefits the students of the five Dallas Can Academy campuses and recognizes mothers who are volunteers and champions of children in the Dallas area.

Natalie Sorrell’s illustrious career in investment banking brought her to Dallas in 2006 to join ERF. Most recently, she has led the effort to build the Next Generation Manager Program, allocating ten percent of the Fund to smaller, newer, and/or minority owned investment managers across asset classes.  She was named as one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty and has decidedly left her mark on Dallas banking. 

A top graduate of Spelman College and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, Sorrell is an esteemed example of the importance of education. She maintains her commitment to learning with her service as Chair of the Investment Committee of Big Thought, a Dallas-based non-profit organization focused on creative learning solutions for at-risk youth. Further, she is spearheading efforts to educate young minority students in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) through her involvement with the Dallas chapter of The Links, Inc.   

Dallas Can Academies consist of five tuition-free, public, dropout recovery high schools. They believe providing a strong education to graduate thinkers is the foundation for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy. Through its parent organization, Texans Can Academies, more than 115,000 students have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Fundraiser proceeds will benefit Dallas Can Academies. Individual tickets are $125, and table sponsorships are also available. Contact Reggie Dupard at 214.944.1949, jdupard@texanscan.org, or visit www.texanscan.org/Motherhood/Dallas for more information or to purchase tickets.