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Kids Drive NASCAR Free Youth Tickets In 2017

Kids Drive NASCAR_free tickets in 2017

Kids Drive NASCAR Kicks Off Today

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Today, NASCAR announced exclusively via Facebook Live, beginning in 2017, kids ages 12 and younger will be admitted FREE to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.

The announcement was made during an all-kids press conference hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The press conference also kicked off Kids Drive NASCAR, a week-long, youth initiative leading up to this weekend’s national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America.

“There really is no other experience like attending a NASCAR race in person, and that’s especially true for kids. So many children have become lifelong NASCAR fans because their parents brought them to their first race, and this new ticket offering makes it even more affordable for families to create memories that will last a lifetime.” Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer

Many race tracks already have a bevy of offerings geared towards youth in place, including youth autograph sessions, youth garage tours, kids’ clubs and designated kids’ zones. Numerous tracks also have employed various ticket platforms focused on youth, but this new program marks the first time where tracks will institute a consistent offer wherever NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races take place.

Complimentary NASCAR Tickets In 2017

Beginning in 2017, the number of complimentary tickets available for children 12 and younger will vary from venue to venue for every adult ticket purchased. Specific track policies and procedures, including sections in which the tickets are offered, will still apply and may differ for each track as well in an effort to welcome and accommodate as many families as possible.

This program is another example of NASCAR-sanctioned tracks improving the at-track experience with the ultimate goal of delivering additional value and an unparalleled live-event experience for fans.

NASCAR Hammer Down host Karsyn Elledge, and NASCAR Next drivers Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton helped announce the program during Monday’s kids-only press conference, the first in a series of industry events and activities that will celebrate Kids Drive NASCAR week.

For the latest Kids Drive NASCAR news and content, fans can visit NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. For tickets to an upcoming NASCAR race, fans can visit NASCAR.com/tickets.

Be sure to tune-in when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.

A Mile High With 2017 Ford Super Duty Trucks

2017 Ford Super Duty
The Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck tows, rides like a luxury sedan, and handles off-road challenges with relative ease. Here it is seen in a pre-rodeo photo taken at Sports Authority Field in Colorado.

2017 Ford Super Duty Trucks Packed With Technology

Excuse me, Ford dealers, but I have to tell everyone in the Super Duty market to hold off on buying one for a month or so. You see, I just drove the new 2017 Ford F-250 and was so impressed I’m actually writing about the experience in the American Airlines Admirals Club lounge at the Denver Airport while I wait for an (always delayed) plane ride home.

I drove the 2017 Ford Super Duty on the highway, navigated a slalom course, through an off-road area in the Colorado mountains, and maneuvered along city streets. Super Duty? Well, it drove more like a Taurus sedan. I was totally amazed at the smoothness. The agility. The handling. My, how far trucks have come in recent years.

My first day at the event was spent driving Ram trucks, General Motors trucks and Ford trucks through a slalom course. None of the trucks were disappointing (good news for truck-driving Americans) but, I must advise everyone to definitely get adaptive steering control on any truck you acquire.

2017 Ford Super Duty First Heavy Duty Truck With Adaptive Steering

At low speeds, adaptive steering reduces the amount of steering input needed to change direction and provide more agility. At highway speeds, it reduces vehicle sensitivity to steering input to make cornering much safer and more secure. The steering ratio constantly changes depending on vehicle speed and road conditions.

The difference in having it engaged when cornering and not having it engaged is night and day – or should I say life and death! For someone like myself who likes to accelerate through every curve to enhance the joy of driving, this is an absolute must. The Ford Super Duty is the first heavy duty vehicle to offer adaptive steering.

Up To Seven Cameras On Board

Cameras. Cameras! Cameras!! They not only make life so much easier, but safer as well. Depending on the model one chooses, up to seven cameras are available on board 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks.

A front camera provides a 180-degree view that can get one out of all types of spots. For instance, while I was on the off-road course during my second day of the launch event, there was a giant rock directly in front of me. I would have to make a hard left in order to avoid it. At the same time, there were other obstacles to my left making the turn perilous in many ways. I engaged the camera and the exact view of the rock, of the sides of my truck and of the obstacles were all plainly visible. Getting through the mess was no problem at all.

2017 Ford Super Duty
I am approaching a large rock. The camera in my 2017 Super Duty F-250 will guide me up to the rock, showing me when I am right next to it. It will then show me when to make a sharp left turn to avoid obstacles on the left side of the truck. I emerged from this situation without even a scratch on the side.

During my off-road travels I also encountered a mud-pit. I sent mud flying in every dirction, including on, around, and under the truck. Does it kill my front end camera or slow me down? No! A camera washer system is integrated into the truck, and activates every time one engages the windshield washer.

2017 Ford Super Duty
2017 F-Series Super Duty Media Drive in Colorado

The front end camera and two side view cameras will guide the driver with complete views along both sides of the truck. The side camera views can be combined with the front camera to provide a 360 degree view of the entire vicinity.

A Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) camera lets the driver see the entire cargo bed to insure that nothing has moved or provide assurance there is no problem in the bed. If one has a fifth-wheel installed, it is a perfect aid in hooking up trailers to the gooseneck.

A tailgate camera provides the same level of ease and security when one is backing up to hook up a traditional trailer. As one shifts into reverse, guidelines show exactly where one will end up when they continue on the current course and a zoom gives a close-up view of the hitch and the trailer so being exact is child’s-play.

If ordered, the factory will also provide another trailer camera which will provide a view behind the trailer. It is waterproof and submersible for backing boats into the water and the customer can place it where it provides the optimum view for their needs.

Work related advantages in the new 2017 Ford Super Duty don’t stop there. Now, the driver can release the tailgate remotely from the cab with the push of a button. Most are familiar with the tailgate step, which is a fantastic help for those of us shorter than six-foot-five! The retractable step has been redesigned and is now further improved with the step and handle fully integrated inside the tailgate.

Side steps in the 2017 F-250 heavy duty have replaced with something even better. Deployable running boards now run slightly behind the cab to aid in truck bed access as well as to enter and exit the cab.

The interior is world-class with space for much of your office inside. The center console has room for a laptop and even hanging file folders inside as well as new storage pockets on each side for items which you want quickly at hand. There is even space for four drinks with sliding cupholders. The glovebox is larger than ever before with two spaces for important papers and other items.

2017 Ford Super Duty Center Stack and Console
2017 Super Duty Center Stack and Console

As recently as a couple weeks ago, I was hauling some cargo in the back of my own personal Ford F-150. I admit I had a rough time tying down the large and bulky articles in the truck bed. The 2017 Ford Super Duty has “BoxLink with premium locking cleats,” Ford’s system which provides added tie-downs and plates which are compatible with industry-standard E-track accessories.

How many times have you wanted to load a motorcycle or four-wheeler into your truck? It’s a snap with the built-in loading ramps which can be attached to the tailgate when you need to use them and slid back under the bed when you aren’t.


My experience was behind the wheel of the 2017 F-250 Super Duty Platinum. The interior rivaled that of any luxury car I have ever been in. Comfort is exceptional, and the ride is smooth under all conditions. My recommendation to anyone shopping for a new Super Duty is to watch availability at your local Ford dealer and test drive it as soon as possible. They should be arriving on dealer lots by September.

DeSoto Police Seek DeSoto Days Inn Murder Suspects

Desoto Days Inn
Days Inn - DeSoto, Texas

$5,000 Reward Offered For Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction

DESOTO—Investigators are seeking anyone with information relating to a double murder that occurred at the DeSoto Days Inn earlier this month.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 police responded to a call to the DeSoto Days Inn & Suites on southbound Interstate 35E, just south of Wintergreen Road, where they discovered two men slain in a hotel room located

The victims have been identified as 26-year-old John Paul Lopez of Del Valle, Texas and 27-year-old Robert Lee Perez of Austin, Texas.

Just two hours before police arrived, around 5:30 p.m., surveillance video captured images of two individuals entering and leaving the hotel within ten minutes of meeting Perez and Lopez.

Urield Rendon-Martinez
Urield Rendon-Martinez

According to Police Spokesperson Sgt. Nic Bristow one of the persons of interest has been identified as Dallas native 21-year-old Urield Rendon-Martinez. Police have placed a capital murder warrant for the arrest of Martinez and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating him.

The second person of interest has yet to be identified but police have released his image in hopes that someone will recognize him. Both suspects have been described as Hispanic with beards. The second suspect was seen exiting the hotel holding his head which had a large abrasion. This suspect also has a large tattoo on his right forearm.

Second Unidentified Murder Suspect
Second Unidentified Murder Suspect

Bristow told media outlets during the early days of the investigation that it was clear that there was an altercation in the hotel room before the victims were slain. While an official cause of death has not been released, investigators believe they were shot.

They were seen leaving the crime scene in a black Dodge Charger with custom rims.

“We are offering 5,000 for the arrest and conviction,” said Bristow.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the DeSoto Police Department at (469) 658-3000 or (972) 223-6111.

2016 Volvo XC60: “Car Safety Is Our Business”

2016 Volvo XC 60

2016 Volvo XC60 Has Safety Covered

Volvo has made a pledge that by 2020, “No one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.”

That sounds a little impossible to me, especially since I heard no other manufacturer make such a claim. But then I remember that Volvo has been in the forefront of making some of the safest cars in the industry. The XC60 is no exception.

The XC60 has five 3-point safety belts with pretensioners, front safety belts with height adjust and force limiters. A Whiplash Protection System (Whips) in driver and front passenger seats, LED Daytime Running Lights, and tire pressure monitor system are all standard safety features of the 2016 Volvo XC60.

My two favorite safety systems were City Safety, a system that is able to prevent or drastically decrease the severity of a collision at speeds up to 31 mph. If sensors pick up a collision is imminent it automatically brakes the car, or assists the driver in doing so. The second attractive safety feature is Corner Traction Control, which helps the driver maintain control on winding or slippery surfaces. Once again, it’s all automatic.

The XC60 is powered by a 2.0-liter super-charged direct injection engine delivering 301 horsepower with 5700 rpm and 295 lb. ft. torque with 2100 rpm. An 8-speed Geartronics Automatic Transmission with Adv-quick shift assists that power.

Though powerful, this engine gets you 27 mpg highway and 19 mpg city. My weekly average was 25 mpg.

Inside, the XC60 is spacious with lots of elbow and cargo space. The 160-watt high performance audio system with 8-speakers, in dash single CD with WMA and WP3 capability, HD Radio/USB and Aux, input provides a great entertainment atmosphere.

2016 Volvo XC60

The manufacturer’s recommended retail price is $43,350.

My Volvo included an elite Platinum Package for $4,000 extra. It included over 30 safety, communication and comfort features. Items like: leather seating surfaces, wood décor trim, Lane Departure, Keyless Drive, Harman Kardon Premier Sound System and accent lighting.

The XC60 is roomy, and easy to command with numerous controls on the steering wheel like radio, cruise, wipers and more. This luxury SUV accelerates quickly and can handle the curves easily.

Volvo scores a perfect 5 in the government’s safety rating system, except in rollover where it received a rating of 4.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Celebrates 40 Years

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre 40th Anniversary Celebration

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) celebrates 40 years during the 2016-2017 season, 40 Years Forward, from history to innovation.

The season’s theme reflects the trajectory of the company that has maintained its excellence in artistry as it has developed into a world-renowned dance organization. This season includes three world premieres, including a commissioned work that reflects the legacy of the organization and another utilizing technology to create a unique audience experience. New this season, Dallas Black Dance Theatre is offering an innovative initiative, group season subscriptions.

DBDT celebrates its fourth decade with some nostalgic dance themes. Matthew Rushing, of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is choreographing Tribute, a dance that chronicles 100 years of Black dance masters. It will be a world premiere during the Director’s Choice series, November 4-6, 2016, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Mr. Rushing’s choreography has been selected as a recipient of a grant from the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund.

The 40-year evolution of Dallas Black Dance Theatre unfolds in the world premiere of Interpretations by DBDT company member Sean J. Smith. Interpretations makes its world premiere during the Cultural Awareness series, February 17-19, 2017, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Interpretations is supported in part by an award from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

“Dallas Black Dance Theatre is rich with history and we are excited to tell the story of our 40-year legacy through dance,” said Ann Williams, founder of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. “We are grateful to all of our patrons and sponsors over the decades. We could not have reached this milestone without their support.”

Dallas Black Dance Theatre is the largest minority arts organization in Dallas and the tenth largest in the country.

In addition to historical pieces, DBDT will be using innovation so members of the audience can create their own experience in Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s, The B Side. Headphones will allow them to select from three original music scores as they view the dance. The world premiere of The B Side reinvents the concert dance experience during the Director’s Choice series.

The season finale during the Spring Celebration series at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre includes both choreography and dancers from Ballet Austin. Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director, Stephen Mills, will premiere a contemporary piece in Dallas with DBDT company members. In addition, the performance will also feature special guest artists from Ballet Austin.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre 40 Year Anniversary

Other performances include the October season opener, DanceAfrica, during the tenth annual DanceAfrica festival at the Annette Strauss Square and performances October 7-8, 2016, at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Dancing Beyond Borders features both DBDT and DBDT: Encore! (formerly DBDT II) in Metroplex performances in Richardson and Fort Worth during March 2017. The Rising Excellence series showcases DBDT: Encore!, the next generation of professional dancers, April 7-8, 2017, at the Dallas City Performance Hall.

The 2016-2017 touring season of Dallas Black Dance Theatre includes international performances in Dance X BZ 2016 in Belize City, Belize in November 2016 and the Fintdaz Festival in Iquique, Chile in May 2017.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre has developed an innovative Group Season Subscription for the 2016-2017 season. The new process will allow groups of at least 10 people to book multiple performances, through a group season subscription, and receive a 30% discount on performance tickets.

“The group season subscriptions allow educational institutions, universities, and other groups to streamline their requisition and approval process for payment. This will make it easier for them to plan group activities over a year,” said Zenetta Drew, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Executive Director. “This group subscription has a deep discount, the largest one that we offer.”

Both group season and regular season subscriptions are on sale now. Not only are subscription ticket prices less but also do not include convenience fees. For group season subscriptions and group sales, call (214) 871-2390.

Legacy Cognac: Hennessy 8

Hennessy 8
Yann et Renaud

Premier Cognac House Announces New Master Blender

To drink or not to drink. When Hennessy is in question, the answer is you definitely want to drink. Or should I say sip. Sip it slow to get the flavor and the experience of this unique cognac.

I visited Los Angeles for Legacy Cognac “HENNESSY 8.” My evening began with a private viewing at the Please do Not Enter Gallery showcasing the new limited edition masterpiece created by Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux. The evening was made even more special with the official announcement of his nephew Renaud Fillioux de Gironde being recognized as the eighth generation of Hennessy Master Blenders.

The Hennessy Legacy: Hennessy 8

The legacy of the name and the Hennessy 8 experience will certainly be as timeless as is the heritage of this brand. After all, the legacy cognac Hennessy8 takes the past 250 year history and puts it into one blend of perfection.

For dedicated cognac connoisseurs, Hennessy 8 began presenting the new blend in April. They produced a mere 250 bottles of the limited edition being offered – never to be crafted again.

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The price, well, if you have to ask then you probably won’t be able to afford it.

Due to its unique and historical nature, Hennessy asked the internationally renowned artist Arik Levy, a longtime friend of the Maison, to design an exceptional creation to showcase Hennessy 8. The result is a bottle crafted in hand-blown Baccarat crystal. The Hennessy 8 carafe is truly a masterpiece of crystal-making savoir-faire. Its design features eight inset rings, an ode to eight generations of Master Blenders.

Observed as a whole, this virtuoso composition is greater than the sum of its parts. In creating an impression of movement, it forms a tribute to the Maison Hennessy tradition of constant innovation, passing down a unique know-how from one generation to the next. A crystal stopper engraved with a floral motif reprises the notion of eight rings, while a copper silk thread around the bottle’s collar leads to a medallion sealed by a ribbon, a specialized technique perfected by Hennessy’s sister house, the Maison Guerlain.

A True Cognac Celebration

The arrival of a new generation at Hennessy marks a milestone for the Maison Hennessy. The unbroken cognac-making dynasty dates back to the early 1800s, when James Hennessy chose Jean Fillioux as his Master Blender. It was in 2015 that Maison Hennessy celebrated 250 year anniversary of an exceptional adventure that has lasted for seven generations and spanned five continents.

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However, no matter where in the world you find Hennessy, its true roots also return to the French region of Cognac. It is the seat from which the Maison has constantly passed down the best the land has to give, from one generation to the next. In particular, such longevity is thanks to those people, past and present, who have ensured Hennessy’s success both locally and around the world.

Hennessy’s success and longevity are also the result of the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: unique savoir-faire, a constant quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to “Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development.” Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts the most iconic, prestigious Cognacs in the world.

For more information, visit Hennessy.com or Facebook.com/Hennessy; for details on how to purchase Hennessy 8.

Citizen Police Academy Celebrates 26 Years

Citizen Police Academy Celebrates 26 Years

Citizen Police Academy Turns 26

DUNCANVILLE—Twenty-six years and six hundred participants later, the Duncanville Citizen Police Academy (CPA) can easily be called a success.

Over the years Citizen Police Academy graduates have included city officials, Duncanville Independent School District board members and various municipal staff. For some, the eleven-week course can be a totally life changing experience.

Community Engagement Officer Doug Sisk said one resident, Tommy Brough, even decided to become a police officer in the City of Duncanville after taking the course. “We [also] have had a very large number go from our Citizen’s Police Academy class into our Citizens on Patrol Program,” Sisk said.


From 10 to 25 residents work with the police department taking the course when it is held twice every year in the spring and fall. They learn about a number of law enforcement procedures and challenges that on-duty officers face in the line of duty.

Attendees take part in seminars as well as experiencing real life simulations such as building searches, admitting evidence into the property room, DWI investigations, family violence, criminal investigations, patrol procedures, demonstrations by the Duncanville Police Department’s Tactical Team, animal control and crime victim advocate information.

Officers from each division of the department teach in the Citizen Police Academy. Sisk said he believes the class is successful because of the engagement with the community and the rapport built between the citizens and the police department.

“My experience with the Duncanville Citizens Police academy was eye opening as to how the police department works,” said Lucia Bevers. She is a graduate who has been through the Citizens Police Academy on more than one occasion and even has followed up with two advanced courses. “This is an excellent way to get to know what our officers go through during their shift. The officers that taught the classes had worked a long shift and yet stayed late to teach a class. You get to know the officers on a more personal basis and how they feel about their job.”

The Citizen Police Academy concept was begun in the United Kingdom back in 1977, according to information from Sisk. Duncanville Police Chief Michael Courville learned of the program from Missouri City Police Chief, Les Guillot in the late 1980s.

A few years later, the Duncanville Department started their own version of the Citizen Police Academy. Early classes had elements taken from the program at the City of Grand Prairie, as well as unique program ideas tailored for Duncanville.

There were 16 students who enrolled in that first Police Academy class in 1990. After graduating from the class, these students also formed the first Duncanville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Organization.


“It is our goal to increase understanding of police work and to develop effective police/community partnerships,” said current Duncanville Police Chief Robert Brown.

At the end of every CPA session there is semi-formal, catered graduation banquet for class participants that include a guest speaker and commencement ceremony. Class participants also receive a Certificate of Achievement that certifies they have completed and graduated from the Duncanville Police Department Citizen Police Academy.

“The Citizen’s Police Academy not only shows how the Duncanville Police Department operates, but also helps us teach our citizens how to better protect themselves, which makes our community safer,” Brown concluded. “We are grateful for those citizens who wish to volunteer their time and talent by attending the Duncanville Citizen Police Academy.”

The next Police Academy class begins on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7 p.m. Applications to enroll can be requested at the Duncanville Police Department, 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville.

Elizabeth Dozier: ‘Think Outside The Box’

Elizabeth Dozier: ‘Think Outside The Box’

Elizabeth Dozier Encourages DeSoto ISD ‘Think Outside The Box’

DESOTO—When DeSoto ISD faculty returned to their first day of work on Aug. 10, a nationally acclaimed guest speaker shared with them a wealth of knowledge.

“It became apparent to us that we had to think outside the box and think creatively and ultimately ban together,” said Elizabeth Dozier, former principal of Fenger High School in Chicago, as she shared the formula for turning around a low-performing school which had also been infested with gang activity.

“It was almost like the whole world was against us. It was really up to us to pull together and to wrap supports around our children and to look at them differently,” Dozier told DeSoto’s district employees in a packed auditorium.

“It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with our kids,” she said. “The parents were sending us the best children that they had. They weren’t hiding the good ones at home. You know what I’m saying? That wasn’t the case. They were sending us the best that they had. And that’s what shows up in our classrooms every single day and in our schools every single day, is the best that folks have.

Elizabeth Dozier
Elizabeth Dozier

“It’s up to us to really shape that trajectory, to shape the path that those young people ultimately go down,” said Dozier, whose success as an educator has been heralded in feature stories in such media giants as CNN and the Chicago Tribune.

The longtime educator was sharing with her captivated audience the passion that accompanied her approach to bringing the best out of students who weren’t necessarily held to the highest of standards or who came from backgrounds that weren’t conducive to adequate learning.

In 2009 Christian Fenger Academy High School in Chicago was identified as a failing school that needed to be saved. Dozier was hired and was given broad authority over an entirely new team. She also received a four-year federal grant to help turn the school around.

“The climate at the school was just absolutely abysmal — like massive gang fights in the hallways, 300 arrests that first year,” Dozier said in a CNN documentary. “We had to have, literally, two districts worth of police in the building for us to be able to change classes one day. It was a scary time in terms of like, ‘What happened to our children?’ ”

In 2015, Dozier stepped down from her role in the district, but not before making such a profound impact on the culture at the school that it earned her national renown and her students immense respect.

“The work is not between the hours of 8 (a.m.) and 3:30 (p.m.),” Dozier said. “To me, it extends beyond that.

“Schools become huge drop-out factories, and it really has to do with issues that are happening at home that no one is really addressing at the school,” Elizabeth Dozier said in the documentary. “This is really the last stop for 98 percent of the kids here. If we don’t get them off into something else, there are no other options.”

“This is not really a black issue, it’s not a white issue, it’s not a Latino issue, it isn’t a South or a West side issue. But it’s really an issue of our children’s lives and fighting for their lives, and ultimately I really believe the fate of our city and our country,” Dozier said.

She told DeSoto ISD about restorative justice, a new way of thinking about how to support children who disrupt the educational process. Typically in Chicago, as in multiple cities nationwide, Dozier said, a child is suspended or expelled whenever he does something wrong.

Disciplinary action is handed down to the student without talking about why his actions are wrong. The practice of restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own and in peer-mediated small groups to air their grievances.

“The reason I bring this up is because if change can happen at Fenger High School, I promise you it is possible anywhere in the United States of America,” Dozier said as the audience applauded. “I spend most of my time — a lot of my time — talking about that.”


It is important for educators to view the children they teach the same way they would their own, noting that people are far less likely to give up on their own children when they perform poorly in school.

“If they were the same kids who are in our homes, the same kids we tuck in every night,” the question some teachers have asked concerning why it’s their responsibility to get apathetic students to care about improving academically would never come up.

Dozier said the most profound thing a teacher can do to enhance student achievement is to build a “relationship” with him.

“As you think about your most difficult student, the one you had last year or the one you’ll inevitably have this year … and they upset you and they act a fool, I would really encourage you to take a fresh look at that child,” Dozier said. “Think about how to build a relationship.”

With Elizabeth Dozier as its principal, Fenger’s attendance rate was the best in its district for three years and the school’s graduation rate reached 80 percent. The school where 300 arrests were made when Dozier started, saw the number of arrests go down into single digits by the time she left.

Profile: Deidre Hannible, Woodridge Elementary Principal

Profile: Deidre Hannible, Woodridge Elementary Principal
Deidre Hannible

Meet Deidre Hannible Woodridge Elementary Principal

DESOTO—Deidre Hannible returned to DeSoto ISD to take over Woodridge Elementary when Mr. Robert Torres moved to Director of Technology. She was formerly an assistant principal at Ruby Young Elementary School.

Do you live in DeSoto, if not, where?
Lancaster, TX

Where did you grow up/where are you from originally?
Dallas, Texas

What do you currently do with the DeSoto ISD?
Principal at Woodridge Fine Arts Magnet Academy.

What were you doing prior to working for the DeSoto ISD?
Assistant Principal in Garland ISD.

Did you always know you wanted to be part of education?
Yes, and I love it! I had great educators that raised me, and now it is my responsibility to Pay it Forward!

What does your job as Woodridge Elementary Principal involve?
Everything! As the leader of Woodridge, it is the expectation to be a model. The principal has to be able to teach, support, counsel, clean, smile, and build effective relationships with all stakeholders, so that students succeed to their highest potential.

What do you like most about this job?
Building relationships.

What do you think are some of your biggest challenges in this job?
Just the pressure I put on myself to help teachers and students grow and excel.

What are some of the things you have accomplished with the ISD and what are your goals moving into the new school year?
What is your favorite DeSoto ISD event? The First Day of School!

What do you do in your down time?
Shop, transport my two daughters to various activities, listen to music, and read.

What is your favorite DeSoto memory?
Elementary STAAR Test Pep Rally

Fore: Glenn Heights Veteran’s Memorial Golf Tournament

Glenn Heights Veteran's Memorial Golf Tournament

Glenn Heights Veteran’s Memorial Golf Tournament Tees Off September 12

GLENN HEIGHTS—If words like bogey, par and fore, mean anything to you then the upcoming Glenn Heights Veteran’s Memorial Golf Tournament is right up your alley.

The city is hosting the inaugural golf tournament on September 12. City leaders are hoping the tournament becomes an annual event.

“City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides spearheaded the idea of having a golf tournament to support the construction and raise the awareness of our vision to build a Veterans Memorial for the City of Glenn Heights,” said Mayor Leon Tate. “The idea has received strong support from council. We believe it’s a great way to raise funds for a worthy endeavor. Councilman Ron Adam and Millicent Williams our Community Engagement Coordinator have also been key players in promoting the golf tournament.”

Williams believes the tournament will provide an opportunity for people around the region to be exposed to the City of Glenn Heights as it continues its transformation from “good to great.”

“It will also give participants an opportunity to support a great cause; as the city works toward the erection of a Veterans Memorial,” Williams added.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support that cause. The cost for individual registration is $100 and team registration is $500. If you don’t play, admission for spectators is $10. The goal for this year is $10,000.

“The money raised will help to offset the cost of the memorial,” Williams explained. “The event is named as such to honor the veterans and to make it very clear that any money raised or support offered will go directly to the Veterans Memorial Fund.”

Up to 72 players can register for the tournament with 18 teams of 4 players and Tate said, “It’s off to a good start.”

The inaugural tournament will be at the Country View Golf Course in Lancaster, Ferrell-Benavides said “The City of Glenn Heights’ Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament will provide an opportunity for golfers and spectators from across the region to come together to support a fantastic cause.”

In 2015, the city kicked off the Veterans Memorial Project with a 5K Walk/Run.

Tate said at that time “Not only will our veteran’s memorial give citizens a central area to show their respect for veteran and active duty service members, but also it will serve as a great focal point for our city thereby visually improving our city’s image.”

The Veterans Memorial Initiative is a project paid for without city tax dollars and Tate confirmed the project would be funded by donations received at events like the Family Festival, fundraisers, corporate [events] and private donations.

“As we look to the future of the city, we want to make sure that we acknowledge those who sacrificed so much to make our city and country great,” Ferrell Benavides concluded. “We encourage people of all skill levels to participate in this historic event. We anticipate that the Golf Tournament will be a great success.”


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