Sarah Friske, a Carroll Medical Academy sophomore, is collecting surgical gloves, surgical hats, and blood pressure cuffs for surgeons to use in remote hospitals in Tanzania, Africa. Her “Project Africa Surgical Help and Supplies” drive is underway.
Friske plans to deliver as many supplies as possible to doctors in Tanzania this summer while studying developing medicine and the bias surrounding Obstetrics and childbirth in tribal communities in Africa. These supplies will help meet the needs for safety and sanitary birthing conditions in remote hospitals. Blood-borne illness, poverty, and remote rural access all contribute to less than desirable conditions for these surgeons to help their patients achieve positive and healthy surgical outcomes during the childbirth process.
“In an area of the world where nothing is taken for granted, a clean pair of surgical gloves can mean a happy and healthy childhood for a newborn baby,” said Friske. “I want to thank everyone who donates to this incredible group of surgeons.”
Collection boxes can be found at the Carroll Senior High School classrooms of Mrs. Martin and Dr.Owen. Items in need include: surgical hats, gloves and blood pressure kids. Monetary donations for Tanzanian Hospital supplies are also being accepted.
Durham is one of two CISD campuses that have a World Wear bin. World Wear collects clothing, blankets, sheets, backpacks, coats and shoes and ships them to third world countries. What cannot be salvaged is turned into industrial rags.
On Tuesday, April 14, to inspire global awareness of the needs of others, Durham students and staff were encouraged to donate shoes and go shoeless for the day.
If you would like to help Durham’s PTO and Recycling Club earn 12 cents for each pound collected, you can drop off your items in the World Wear bin behind the school.
The Southlake Women’s Club is proud to announce that the 2014 annual School Supply Sale raised $23,000 for the 8 participating CISD schools. Those schools are: Carroll Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Old Union Elementary, Walnut Grove Elementary, Durham Intermediate, Eubanks Intermediate, Carroll Middle, and Dawson Middle School.
Checks of $2,875 were presented to the principal of each school at the January SWC luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 8 at Timarron Country Club. The principals were given the opportunity to tell club members of their planned use for the funds. Most administrators said they intended to use the money for technology purchases, other planned purchases include: conference fees for teachers, campus improvements and an area rug to enhance music class.
The annual sale, which has been going on for over 15 years, has raised over $200,000 for participating CISD schools since it first began. The 2015 sale is already in the planning stages and Southlake Women’s Club looks forward to another year of continued coordination with CISD and support of CISD families and campuses.
Local area youth band members met with the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and donated funds raised over the holidays to benefit Parkinson’s research.
The Just Brass Band, a local Southlake youth brass band ensemble, raised over $300 for Parkinson’s research by playing several concerts at the Southlake Town Square throughout December 2014. Concerts were free and were mainly for fun. Passerby’s donated money in the tuba case as they stopped to listen, watched children dance to the tunes and enjoyed the holiday spirit while shopping or waiting for Santa at the town center.
Ethan Jezek formed the group last year for fun with four friends all from Carroll ISD. This year, the group expanded to seven players ranging in age from seventh grade to sophomores in high school and decided to name themselves The Just Brass Band. They not only grew in size, but also in music repertoire, and they decided to give the money they raised to charity.
“My friends and I love to play our instruments and had so much fun last year playing, that we invited a few more friends to join us this season,” said Ethan Jezek, band leader. “My grandmother, who is a professional musician in the Houston area and has inspired my love for music, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It’s a debilitating disease that will eventually prevent my grandmother from doing what she loves. The Band discussed it and decided to donate the money we made to Parkinson’s research in honor of my grandmother.”
The Just Brass Band was spotted by Trisha Murphy-Rae, executive director of Christmas is for Children, who asked them to play at the local Christmas is for Children charity food drive at St. John’s Baptist Church earlier in December.
“I was just coming out of Starbucks at the town center and heard this beautiful Christmas music,” said Trisha Murphy-Rae. “I got enough chutzpah and went over and asked them if they would play at the Christmas is for Children food drive. I’m so glad I went over and discovered them. The Band did such a great job. They were such a hit of the ball and brought so much joy to all the people volunteering. They even jumped right in and helped out with the food baskets when they were done playing. What a great group of kids.”
As the name implies The Just Brass Band is a group of seven Carroll band students, all brass instrument players. Members of the band include: band leader Ethan Jezek – tuba (9th grade), his sister Devon Jezek – french horn (7th grade), Sally Hatfield – french horn (8th grade), Austin Woolsey – trombone (10th grade), David Coughlin – trombone (9th grade), Samuel Ortiz – trumpet (10th grade) and Walter Gaman – trumpet (9th grade).
“We had a lot of fun playing,” said David Coughlin, band member. “Raising that much money for charity while getting to play my instrument, which I love to do, was amazing.”
“I hope this experience is one that all the kids will remember throughout their lives,” said band parent Anne Woolsey. “What a great way for the kids to gain more experience, and confidence playing their instruments, while bringing joy to those around them during the holiday season.”
“The Band would like to thank all those that stopped by to listen to us,” said Jezek. “Thank you for your donations to Parkinson’s research. With your help, we are one step closer to finding a cure and better treatment options.”
The Just Brass Band plans to continue the tradition and will play again next holiday season at the Southlake Town Square and is considering expanding their repertoire yet again to include other music to play all throughout the year.
For more information, call Paige Force Jezek at 817.995.9205.
The Southlake Departments of Public Safety are again participating in this year’s Christmas is for Children program and you can participate too. CIFC prides itself on providing a complete Holiday memory for children and families who otherwise would not have a holiday celebration. The goal is to fulfill each child’s Christmas wish list with something that they want, something that they need and something educational. Children need your generosity this year more than ever. How can you help? Just bring a new unwrapped toy or clothing for any age group from infant to teen, boy or girl and/or non-perishable food items to the lobby of either one of these DPS locations; 600 State Street (Fire Lobby) or 2100 West Southlake Boulevard (Lobby). Look for the large donation box to drop off your items. Some suggested food donations: spaghetti and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, pancake mix and syrup. You can also donate gift cards to stores like Target, Wal-Mart and Kroger. There are so many ways to help. To learn more go to ChristmasisForChildren.com.
The story behind “Christmas is for Children”
In 1991, two social workers answered letters to Santa Claus (found in New York’s “dead letter” box) from the children of four needy families and made their Christmas wishes come true. Since that time, Christmas is for Children have supported over 39,000 underprivileged children and their families. What makes Christmas is for Children unique is our approach to bestowing charity in a way that our beneficiaries retain their dignity, witnessing the true spirit of Christmas and the very best of humanity.
Christmas is for Children (CIFC) and the 12th Annual Food Drive form a non-profit organization [501(c)(3)] dedicated to providing all children with the love, care and joy that are revealed in the spirit of Christmas.
If you need additional information please contact Community Initiatives Officer Renni Burt at (817) 748-8349.
The City recognized TXU Energy for their generous donation of 35 trees that were planted in Bob Jones Park with a ribbon-cutting held on May 1, 2014. Mayor John Terrell, Southlake City Council Members, and TXU Energy representatives were present for the event.
The trees were delivered by the Texas Tree Foundation on April 4, 2012 to the park. The tree species that were planted include: Shumard Red Oaks, Live Oaks, Texas Red Oaks, Bur Oaks, and Cedar Elms.
“It is a goal in Southlake to provide attractive and unique spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy in our community,” says Mayor John Terrell. “These trees will not only add to the aesthetic of the park, but also encourage sustainability and environmentalism. Southlake residents and visitors will continue to benefit from these generous contributions for years to come. ”
This donation from TXU Energy is part of their Committed to Community Growth Program. Since the program’s inception in 2002, TXU Energy has planted more than 190,000 trees across Texas.
“We are pleased to see the Committed to Community Growth Program succeed in Southlake,” says Lacy Sperry, Community Relations Manager for TXU Energy. “We appreciate the long-standing relationship we have with Southlake and hope this donation has a lasting impact on the City.”
On April 30th the Southlake 2030: Sustainability Master Plan committee held its first meeting regarding sustainability. For Southlake, sustainability means enhancing the City’s current and future status as a desirable, attractive, safe, healthy and fiscally‐sound community.
The specific term “sustainability” was first brought to the forefront and identified as a key goal during development of the Vision, Goals and Objectives of the Southlake 2030 Plan in 2009. As a result, the development of this document, the City’s first Sustainability Plan, began in 2013 and was adopted in 2014.
For more information about the Southlake 2030 Plan, visit Southlake2030.com.
Pink t-shirts, pink sweatshirts, pink hats, socks and other accessories are a common sight during the month of October. As the Carroll Dragons host its fifth annual Pink Out home football game, the effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer is seen district wide.
So too, at Johnson Elementary School where this year, the campus PTO raised nearly $450 in donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The PTO sold special JES Pink Out t-shirts and donated $2 for every shirt sold to the foundation.
This is the first year, JES PTO hosted a breast cancer awareness/ research fundraiser.
To read more about this year’s Pink Out game at Dragon Stadium, click here.
Southlake Green Fest returns for a fifth year to Town Square. Organizers are encouraging students in grades K-6 to keep their empty juice pouches for an opportunity to win an iPad courtesy of Natex Architects. Students received brown paper sacks to use to collect juice pouches but any paper sack will do. Last year, students turned in 2,193 empty pouches to be recycled.
Green Fest is a free, day-long outdoor event that celebrates the environment and green living. Visitors can learn about energy efficient technologies as well as ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Click here to learn more about Southlake Green Fest.
Christmas is for Children (CIFC) is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing all children the love, care, and joy that comprise the spirit of the holidays. Since 1991, CIFC has supported over 40,000 underprivileged children dealing with poverty, AIDS, domestic violence and substance-abusing parents.
Click here to read what other campuses are doing this time of year to support individuals in need.