Nonprofit earns mental health services grant
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission recently awarded a Community Mental Health grant worth $278,683 to Communities in Schools of North Texas, a local nonprofit that helps at-risk kids reach graduation.
Research has shown a student’s mental health is intertwined with success in school. The nonprofit hopes to provide more mental health resources to low-income families.
The organization will use the money to expand existing services and support on-site coordinators, who institute campus behavior initiatives, provide crisis intervention and conduct training for staff and parents. A 2017 grant allowed the nonprofit to hire a mental health coordinator.
The organization operates in six school districts on 36 campuses and will serve more than 24,000 students this school year. To learn more about the nonprofit, go to www.cisnt.org.
District offers dyslexia awareness event
Denton ISD families are invited to attend the district’s Dyslexia Awareness Night later this month to learn more about the learning disorder, which makes it harder for kids to read.
The come-and-go event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex, 1504 Long Road. Parents can learn more about English and Spanish dyslexia programs offered in the district.
Attendees can play literacy games, visit information tables, watch videos and register for a Denton Public Library card. Dyslexia diagnosticians will be on hand to answer questions, and tacos will be served.
For more information, contact the dyslexia department at 940-369-0054.
Lake Dallas ISD
Students showcase talent at conference
More than 100 Lake Dallas ISD students performed on stage at the annual Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) convention in Austin last month.
Students in different grade levels and school organizations — band, choir, drill team and theater — participated in a 20-minute presentation called, “Welcome to LD,” a play on Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York.” More than 4,000 school administrators and school board members watched the performance.
Lake Dallas Superintendent Gayle Stinson served as the TASA president this year and introduced the students.
“I believe in the promise of public education,” Stinson said in a press release. “Our goal is to transform schools into student-centered organizations, and the LD student performance at TASA/TASB Convention is a perfect example of the invaluable experiences gained through a Texas public education. Our pride for our students is off the charts — they are strong, brave and humble. They are Falcons.”
To view the video of the performance, click the link below or visit https://bit.ly/2PpD6Aw.
School retirees to
host monthly meeting
The Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will have its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Lewisville Church of Christ, 901 College Parkway.
Shannon Willis, an attorney at Willis Law Firm, will give a presentation called “Beyond the Will: What You Need to Know to Protect the Ones You Love.”
The group will collect new and gently used books for the Children’s Book Project and nonperishable food items for a local food bank. Light refreshments and door prizes will be provided.
For more information about the meeting, call 972-436-7907.