Liberty in NYC

Liberty Christian School students visit Times Square during a recent trip to New York City. Led by fine arts director Misty Baptiste, the students saw several shows, attended theater workshops and had dinner with Broadway actors.

Denton ISD

Registration open for school employee fair

Denton Chamber of Commerce members who want to reach out to new Denton ISD employees can still set up shop at the district’s New Employee Reception in August.

The annual reception will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Ryan High School, 5101 E. McKinney St. Businesses are encouraged to bring handouts, giveaway opportunities and other materials to promote their companies.

A portion of the proceeds from the event go to new teacher grants that can be used in the classroom. Last year, the event raised more than $8,700 in grants.

The event is put together in partnership with the chamber, Denton ISD, the Denton Public School Foundation and the Adopt-A-School Program. To become a sponsor or register for a table at the event, go to

Wilson Elementary School

Car dealership raises money for Wilson

Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep recently announced it would donate $630 to Wilson Elementary School during the Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraiser.

The company donated $10 for each person who test drove the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans during a certain time period. The money can go toward classroom supplies or school programming.

Chrysler has raised $7 million since 1993 through test-drive fundraisers. The Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealership is located at 4984 S. Interstate 35E in Denton.

Ryan High School

Ryan parliamentarians take home national title

The Ryan High School parliamentary procedure team won first place at the Health Occupations Students of America’s 41st International Leadership Conference last month in Dallas.

The group studies and competes on topics of parliamentary rules, which govern the proceedings of legislative bodies and other deliberative assemblies. The Ryan High team beat out 44 teams from across the country for the national title.

This is the ninth national title for Ryan under coach Richard Hayes, a Denton lawyer who has been with the team for 16 years. His wife, Helen Hayes, teaches at Ryan High and serves as the school’s HOSA adviser.

In the area

Friends of the Family seeks school supplies

Denton County Friends of the Family is conducting its annual Back to School Drive for the families and children it serves at its outreach office and shelter.

The organization’s goal is to fill 350 backpacks with new school supplies so the children it serves, who are impacted by sexual and domestic violence, can go back to school with the tools they need.

This year, some of the most needed items are backpacks, binders, highlighters, scissors, compasses, protractors, folders, colored pencils, pens and dividers.

Donations can be dropped off by July 20 at the Denton outreach office.

For a full list of items needed, visit toschool. To sign up to donate items, visit DriveDonor. For more information, call 940-387-5131.

Christian educator group to host dinner

Registration is open for the second annual Lasting Impact Fellowship for Teachers dinner later this month sponsored by Christian Educators Association International.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. July 29 at Midway Baptist Church, 9540 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Pilot Point. Attendees will gather for worship and learn how to use their faith as a source of personal strength in the upcoming school year. They’ll also learn about legal issues concerning religion in the classroom and resources available to teachers.

Though most of the discussion will be geared toward educators, event organizers say the dinner is open to anyone interested in attending.

Tickets cost $15 per person, or $120 for a table of eight. To register by July 24, visit For questions or more information, contact Tammy Morgan at 940-390-3554 or

— Staff reports

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @CjonesDRC.

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