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Texans Can Academy - Garland students tour the University of Texas at Dallas campus.

Students from Texans Can Academy - Garland recently visited the University of Texas at Dallas campus to learn more about the school, take a campus tour and begin thinking about their college and career options after high school.

“Texans Can Academy - Garland encourages our students to reach their goals of higher education and take steps to continue their education. We were thrilled to take them on a tour of the University of Texas at Dallas,” said Texans Can Academy - Garland Principal, Daniel Johnson. “We are thankful for these opportunities with our local universities and can’t wait to see our students continue their college careers for which they are planning after graduating high school.”

A total of 29 students from Texans Can Academy - Garland visited the four-year university’s campus. For a majority of the students, this was their first time on a college campus tour. Students toured different areas of the school including the Student Union and Athletics centers, learned about different academic programs, visited student dorms and even peeked inside the robotics lab, where many students expressed interest. Texans Can Academies’ main focus during any campus tour is the exposure for their students to learn more about what direction they may want to take after graduation.

Texans Can Academies upholds the mission to ensure students have all the skills and opportunities for a strong, sustainable career path and higher education. Texans Can Academies graduate thinkers and offer students, aged 14 to 21, a second chance at earning their high school diploma instead of a General Education Development (GED). Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter 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, please visit www.texanscan.org

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The Warrington, 17th Floor

The Turtle Creek Association, a non-profit organization whose primary focus is to enhance, preserve, and protect Dallas’ 87-acre Turtle Creek Corridor, provides a special look inside three high-rise residences and one single-family home with their 2019 Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Following the tour will be a separately ticketed post tour reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The highly anticipated 2019 Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes hosted by the Turtle Creek Association showcases lifestyles, amenities and luxury enhancements. The tour is the primary fundraiser for this non-profit organization, whose mission is dedicated to preserving the 87-acres of greenways and parklands throughout the Turtle Creek Corridor. The tour provides the rare opportunity to visit some of Dallas’ most prestigious tailored homes designed by prominent designers.

This year’s featured homes are:  

  • Single family home at 3816 Turtle Creek Blvd.

  • 17th floor of The Warrington at 3831 Turtle Creek Blvd.

  • 24th floor of The Warrington at 3831 Turtle Creek Blvd.

  • 15th floor of The Vendome at 3505 Turtle Creek Blvd.

Members of the Turtle Creek Association serve as volunteer docents in each home, sharing information about the owners’ personal art collections, accompaniments and connections to local artists, designers and builders.

Tickets: Tickets for the 2019 Tour of Homes and After Party are available for purchase by calling 214.526.2800 or visiting www.turtlecreekassociation.org. Tour tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour, at the tour’s central parking location, or while visiting any of the tour homes. Home Tour tickets are $60.00 each for non-Turtle Creek Association-members and $50.00 each for members. Early bird tickets are available through March 31st for $54 each for non-members and $45 each for members.

A limited number of After Party tickets are available for $125 each and will be sold on a first-come-first serve basis. A combination package of one Home Tour ticket and one After Party ticket may be purchased for $150 each. There is no early bird rate for the combined tickets.

Parking: Parking will be available at 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd, Located at Turtle Creek Blvd and Blackburn Street; The parking garage building is adjacent to the Turtle Creek Village complex.

Shuttles: Buses will transport guests from the 3811 Turtle Creek garage to all homes on the tour and can also be boarded at any tour location.

 

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Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster Avenue Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster Avenue Students Attend Dallas Mavericks Game

Thirteen students from Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster Avenue attended a Dallas Mavericks game on February 27, 2019 against the Indiana Pacers. The basketball game followed a visit from Rolando Blackman, a retired NBA player who spent most of this career playing with the Dallas Mavericks from 1981 to 1992, to the students’ school.

Rolando spoke to the students at Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster Avenue and discussed his background and the importance of staying focused on what they want to do in life because they are responsible for working toward and earning their own success. Rolando is one of only two players in Dallas Mavericks history to have his number retired. He is a four-time NBA All-Star and ranked second as the Dallas Mavericks’ all-time leading scorer with 16,643 points, behind Dirk Nowitzki. The students were inspired after his visit and interested in his story and hearing how hard he worked to get where he is. Rolando is currently the Director of Player Development for the Dallas Mavericks.

“We are grateful Rolando Blackman took time out of his day to speak with our students about hard work and staying focused in life,” said Texans Can Academy – Fort Worth Lancaster Avenue ACE Coordinator, Candice Jones. “Our students were intrigued with what he had to say and were excited to meet him.”

Texans Can Academies strives to be a value-added organization and is dedicated to ensuring students have all the skills and options needed for a successful college or career path after graduation. 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 instead of a General Education Development (GED). Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter 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 struggles in a traditional high school setting. For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.

 

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Preservation Texas is honoring four Merriman Anderson/Architects’ historic projects in downtown Dallas. These projects include The Mercantile Commerce Building (1712 Commerce Street), Old Dallas High School (2218 Bryan Street), Old Dallas Central Library (1954 Commerce Street), and Tower Petroleum (1907 Elm Street).  

“These historical buildings are icons to downtown Dallas,” said Merriman Anderson/Architects President and Founder, Jerry Merriman. “Restoring these historically-significant buildings allows us to preserve Dallas’ history while adapting these buildings into modern and useful spaces.”

The Preservation Texas Honor Awards Reception and Ceremony took place at the historic Paramount Theatre at 713 Congress Avenue in Austin on February 27th and 28th. Preservation Texas is dedicated to protecting the historic resources of Texas. The 2019 Honor Awards, selected by a jury of preservationists, recognize successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic historic places in Texas. Preservation Texas honors individuals, government officials, businesses, organizations and news media that have made significant contributions to preservation efforts in Texas.

The Mercantile Commerce Building was revamped from a 1952 office building into a 209-room Marriott Residence Inn and AC Hotel after being vacant for 25 years. Old Dallas High School was built in 1907 and is one of the oldest institutional buildings on the local school district property list and remained in continuous use until September 1995. It remained vacant until it was bought in 2015 and was renovated to Class A office space. Tower Petroleum is a 1931 art deco building that was renovated and converted for hotel use becoming the Cambria Dallas Downtown. All four buildings were also honored with 2018 Preservation Dallas Achievement Awards. Old Dallas Central Library was built in 1955 as a public library with exhibit area, work rooms, rooftop terrace, and an auditorium. It was renovated into office space and is now home to Dallas’ major daily newspaper, The Dallas Morning News. The former library is connected to another Merriman Anderson/Architects preservation project, The Statler. The Statler opened in 1956 as a 1,001-room luxury hotel, convention center and gathering place and now features a 159-room Curio Hilton Hotel and 219 luxury rental apartments with many amenities. Also located in downtown Dallas, The Statler received a Preservation Texas Honor Award in 2018.

A total of 19 restoration, rehabilitation and preservation planning projects ranging in scale throughout Texas were also recognized at the 2019 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception, spanning cities of Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Cisco, Dallas, El Paso, Karnes City, Houston, Morgan’s Point, Nacogdoches and Plano.

 

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Merriman Anderson/Architects employees hand out breakfast tacos to morning commuters to spread kindness during National Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) kept their three-year tradition alive by celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day and passing out breakfast tacos to morning commuters in front of their office in downtown Dallas, which is steps away from the DART Akard Station.

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is a non-profit organization intended to spread kindness through schools, communities and homes, and believes in the power of kindness to change the way people see and experience the world. Random Acts of Kindness Day was first created in Denver in 1995 as a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring everyone to practice and spread kindness.

Employees of MAA set up in front of their office early Friday morning and greeted downtown commuters as they walked to work with warm breakfast tacos. Stickers placed on each taco read “BE KIND” and “How Can You Pay It Forward Today?” to inspire recipients to get involved and pay it forward. Posters on the MAA office windows also served as kindness inspiration. This event was one of many for the nationally held Random Acts of Kindness Day and serves as a reminder that everyday should be Random Acts of Kindness Day.

MAA is a Dallas-based architecture, design and planning firm offering programming, urban planning, architectural design, space planning, interior design, graphic design, construction observation and 3D visualization. They are responsible for many of Dallas’ iconic projects and renovations. For more information, please visit www.merriman-maa.com.

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Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff students and their parents attended the Per Scholas orientation for the new technology program.

National tech training nonprofit Per Scholas announced the launch of a new pilot program for high-school students interested in pursuing a career in technology. The initiative aims to support high school students lacking access to traditional higher education by providing them with the training and career guidance they need to secure meaningful, long-term employment in the tech industry.

As part of the pilot program, which will initially serve 30 students in Dallas, Per Scholas is partnering with the Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff campus. Selected students will split their day between Per Scholas IT Support coursework and high school classes, producing an integrated approach that balances academic and on-the-job education. The IT Support courses will be led by instructor and Per Scholas graduate Jake Gordon.

“We’re excited to partner with Texans Can Academy to expand our services to high school students across the Oak Cliff community. Our goal is to ensure that high school students interested in pursuing immediate employment after graduation have the foundation they need to succeed and discover long-term career success. I’ve witnessed first-hand how life-changing this program can be for students at our Downtown Dallas training facility, and we hope to deliver the same impact to the Oak Cliff community,” said Stephanie Valadez, managing director of Per Scholas Dallas.

Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff will provide students with laptops and hotspots to help bridge the digital divide that can often exclude them from educational and career opportunities. High-Tech students will have access to internship opportunities through Per Scholas’s employer network, along with career counseling and additional professional certifications, for at least two years upon completing the program. Graduates will have the ability to either seek an internship and immediate employment, matriculate in the fall to a more advanced and specialized Per Scholas training track, or pursue a traditional college education.

“As educators, one of our primary goals is to help students gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to reach their goals and promote access to sustainable career paths,” said Richard Marquez, president and CEO of Texans Can Academies. “Our goal for our graduating students is to provide the skills and options for a strong career path and higher education. In partnering with Per Scholas, opportunities are available that our students would have never had. Texans Can strives to be a value-added organization through this partnership as well as through our other partnerships.”

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Aeroponic Tower Garden Students at Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Westcreek recently learned about aeroponic systems.

Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Westcreek joined with Fit and Faithful Living to teach the students about aeroponic systems. Students recently built an aeroponic vertical tower garden and planted fresh herbs and vegetables. The garden is currently in their school where students can watch the progress of the growing herbs and vegetables.

Aeroponics allows plants, with the absence of soil, to be nourished and watered with a system built into the tower and through the suspended roots, allowing for more oxygen and nutrient intake through the plant roots, limiting disease and pathogens for higher density growing, and reducing waste by recycling water. Tower gardens can grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Fit and Faithful is a local nonprofit organization and aims to educate and encourage individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle. They aim to expand the use of tower gardens in home and schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area in order for them to produce healthy and fresh food.

Texans Can Academies focuses on the needs of their students both in and out of the classroom and educates them in a holistic way, including wellness education. Their goal for graduating students is to provide the skills and options for a strong career path and higher education along with providing opportunities to learn life skills for responsible and healthy living that their students otherwise would not have. Texans Can Academies strives to be a value-added organization through partnerships like this with outside organizations.  

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 instead of a General Education Development (GED). Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter 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 struggles in a traditional high school setting. For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.

 

 

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Texans Can Academy - Carrollton Farmers Branch will host their annual spring garage sale on February 2, 2019. The garage sale will be at the Pizza Patron parking lot on Josey Lane from 8 a.m. to noon.

 

The school is accepting donations from community members for the garage sale in order to raise money for school field trips and bus rentals. Texans Can Academies is committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams while removing barriers that keep them attaining their education.

 

“We appreciate any and all donations from the community for the school’s garage sale,” said Dr. Lucy Hakemack, principal. “The community’s contributions make it possible for our students to go on educational field trips to expand their horizons.”

 

Garage Sale donations can be dropped off at the following location:

Texans Can Academy - Carrollton Farmers Branch

2720 Hollandale Lane

Farmers Branch, TX 75234

(972) 243-2178

 

Garage Sale will held at the following location:

Pizza Patron parking lot

14350 Josey Lane

Farmers Branch, TX 75234


For more information about Texans Can Academy, please visit www.texanscan.org or call 214-944-1985.

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Merriman Anderson/Architects Honored with Award Merriman Anderson/Architects attended the Texas Historical Commission's awards banquet at the Capitol Ballroom in Austin and received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Historic Architecture.

Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) has been honored with the 2018 Award for Excellence in Historic Architecture by the Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Historical Commission Awards recognizes worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage.

“Restoring historic buildings not only reduces construction waste and energy but pays tribute to the state and city’s history and culture,” said Merriman Anderson/Architects Founder and President Jerry Merriman, AIA. “We are proud to play a role in preserving Texas’ heritage and bringing life back to historic buildings and their architecture.”  

The banquet was held on January 17 at the Capitol Ballroom in Austin. Gene Kranz, the leader of the “Tiger Team” of flight directors for Apollo 13, was the keynote speaker for the event, celebrating the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon.

MAA is responsible for the restoration of 22 historic buildings in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, including The Statler, 1401 Elm, Old Dallas High School, Tower Petroleum Building, Butler Brothers Building and the Sinclair Building, among several others.

The Statler opened in 1956 as the largest hotel in the Southwest with 1,001 rooms and was an icon of mid-20th century design with its innovative architecture features. In 1965, the 1401 Elm building was constructed for the former First National Bank in downtown Dallas. It was once touted as the tallest building west of the Mississippi with 52 floors. Old Dallas High School dates back to 1907 and reopened as offices in 2017.

Tower Petroleum Building was built in 1931 as a 23-story art deco building that was once one of the buildings of Theater Row, the vibrant entertainment district on Elm Street in downtown Dallas and housed the Tower Theater on the ground floor. It was redeveloped into a 177-room hotel and brought back its entertainment history by utilizing its basement for musical rehearsals to prepare for performances at The Majestic theater down the street. In Fort Worth, the Sinclair Building is an iconic example of art deco architecture and was built in 1929; it is currently being redeveloped as a Marriott Autograph hotel.

MAA’s designs for these historic renovations pay homage to the buildings’ history while implementing modern design and technology. By restoring these buildings, new life is developed into these once abandoned buildings, leading to transformation of the surrounding areas.

Sustainability is developed through historic renovations by repurposing buildings and conserving resources. MAA designs these renovations with sustainable features to improve the built environment without compromising the building’s character.

MAA is an industry leader in historic renovation space in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the country with a reputation for design excellence, creative vision and technical expertise.

 

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Texans Can Academies' Student Athletes Visit SMU Student Athletes from Texans Can Academies visit SMU basketball game for Ira Terrell's jersey retirement ceremony.

On January 12, basketball players for Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster; Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff; and Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue attended Southern Methodist University’s basketball game for a special ceremony for Ira Terrell. One of Texans Can Academies’ longest and most dedicated volunteers, Terrell played basketball for SMU from 1972 to 1976 and earned a place in the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame. His jersey, number 32, was retired during halftime.

Terrell ranks second all-time at SMU in rebounds, sixth in scoring, and second in career scoring average. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the third round of the 1976 NBA Draft, and from 1976 to 1978, he played for the Suns, New Orleans Jazz, and Portland Trailblazers.

Terrell has volunteered with Texans Can Academies for over 30 years and is currently on the Dallas Development Council and Golf Committee. He invited Texans Can Academies’ basketball players to attend the game and the jersey-retirement ceremony.

After the ceremony, Terrell shared encouraging words with the students, signed their programs, and took pictures with them. Among those attending, only one of the students had ever attended a college or professional basketball game. The experience was one these students will not forget.

The Mustangs went on that night to take a nearly 30-point victory against the University of Tulsa.

Texans Can Academies is dedicated to graduating thinkers and committed to ensuring students have all the information and tools needed for a successful college or career path after graduation. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.