East Dallas Community Schools Receives Grant

Candice Kuzov; Meghan England; Terry Ford (EDCS); Nikki Miller (OLPH); Charlotte Hudson; Cathy Vance (OLPH); Owen Hannay, CEO of Slingshot and chairman of the board for the foundation; Principal Daniel Quill (OLPH), Steven Offield (EDCS) — Courtesy Photo

By Bruce Felps

East Dallas Community Schools, which works on early intervention and breaking the cycle of under-achievement by at-risk and underprivileged students, this week received a monetary gift of $10,000 from The Slingshot Charitable Foundation.

According to a press release, “The money from the foundation will go to support EDCS’s reading program, which helped 99 percent of the students pass the high-stakes state reading competency tests and garnered the school Gold Performance rankings by the state. The school boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate from its alumni with 88 percent of those students going on to college.”

In addition to the financial backing, EDCS also benefit from in-class tutoring assistance from employees of Slingshot advertising, the founding organization of the foundation.

“The students’ faces light up when we have volunteers at the school, but equally important are the things our volunteers do behind-the-scenes. We are grateful to have the support from the foundation,” said Terry Ford, executive director of East Dallas Community Schools.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in West Dallas also received a $10,000 grant from The Slingshot Charitable Foundation.

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