Dallas Afterschool eNewletter
Dallas Afterschool Newsletter

Welcome to our new quarterly newsletter! Here you'll find information on upcoming events, spotlights on our amazing volunteers and event chairs, safety tips and much more.

Dallas Afterschool works to improve the quality of afterschool and summer programs in our community.  Working with 400 staff members at 120 sites throughout Dallas, we inform, train, support and evaluate programs collectively serving 9,000 K-12 grade students. To find out more about the difference quality afterschool and summer programming can make in the life of a child, please visit us at www.dallasafterschool.org. 

If you are interested in donating to Dallas Afterschool, please click here.

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If you ask any child what their favorite part of the school day is, the answer is almost always RECESS! It’s that special time when you get to kick back, play some games and catch up with friends. Everyone loves RECESS! 

The third annual RECESS!, an evening benefiting Dallas Afterschool, promises to be another fabulous casual event for adults offering gourmet cafeteria-style food, fun, schoolyard games such as musical chairs, music and more.

We are thrilled to invite you to join us Friday, May 1, 2015
at the home of Dallas Philanthropist, Faye Briggs.

The not-to-be-missed missed Neiman Marcus Sandbox and silent auction will offer guests a chance to win fantastic trips, toys and trinkets. Big board auction items include two tickets to the June 9th Jurassic Park movie premiere in Hollywood; an eight day/seven night all-inclusive trip to Jamaica; two tickets to a live taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles; a seven-night stay at the El Cantil Condos in Cozumel, Mexico; and a four-night stay at Taos Ski Valley condo.

Limited individual tickets to RECESS! are available for $175 each, with underwriting packages starting at $500. Please visit www.dallasafterschool.org/events for more information and to purchase tickets.

Have you meet RECESS! 2015 co-chairs Hadley Galt and Jennifer Tobin? These ladies have done an amazing job on this year's event and we can't wait for you to see some of the surprises and fun they have planned for May 1! Who was a kickball queen or a tether ball champion? Read below to find out more! 
Jennifer’s answers…
  • What was your favorite subject in school? History or Trigonometry
  • Who is your favorite author?  Thomas Jefferson
  • What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird
  • What was your favorite activity in gym class? Shuttle run
  • What was your favorite recess activity? Tether-ball
  • If you could have a superpower what would you choose? Super speed
Now, hear from Hadley!
  • What was your favorite subject in school? History
  • What is your favorite book? The Glass Castle
  • What was your favorite activity in gym class? Running
  • What was your favorite recess activity? Kick ball
  • What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already? Budgeting money
  • If you could have a superpower what would you choose? I wouldn't!


With summer break just around the corner, there is no better time than now to discuss the importance of quality out of school education for Dallas’ youth. We are happy to announce that “Out of School Learning in Dallas – A Community Conversation” has been rescheduled for Friday, May 15.

Dallas Afterschool, along with partners BigThought, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Commit! and Leadership ISD, has organized a breakfast for the local community to learn how Dallas is connecting and innovating around out of school learning time, which is an essential part of long-term educational success.

Attendees will hear from Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles, Councilmember Adam Medrano, Dallas ISD Trustee Miguel Solis, and representatives from The Wallace Foundation, The RAND Corporation and The MOTT Foundation as they give remarks on the value of out-of-school learning.

Breakout sessions will include:
  • Summer Learning
  • The ROI on Out of School Time
  • Connected Learning in a Connected City
Mark your calendars, and we hope that you can join us! For more information about “Out of School Learning in Dallas – A Community Conversation,” please contact Christina Hanger today. 

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Creating a safe environment for children is a critical element of a high quality afterschool program.  This month, Dallas Afterschool held a Safety Supply Giveaway to demonstrate what types of supplies every program should have in their first aid kit.  We gave away basic supplies such as bandaids, gauze, antiseptic, and even digital thermometers for 25 sites.  The event was a great success with folks lined up on our doorstep.   Dallas Afterschool assesses each program against a 21 point safety checklist and provides additional training resources including CPR training to ensure that all programs have a safe environment.  We know kids will get cuts and bruises but we want all program staff to be confident that they know what to do when those things happen.

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Questions? Please contact us today at info@dallasafterschool.org. We'd love to hear from you!

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