Mothers of the Highlandettes at Lake Highlands High School made 63 “Classy Dette Dolls” and presented them to their daughters at a special ceremony held recently at the school.

The doll tradition started 32 years ago. This year, the mothers met once a week for four months to make the dolls for their daughters.

“The sacrifice the girls make is a very important one in life to help keep them a child on a positive trail in high school,” says Beverly Dooley, whose daughter is one of the Highlandettes. “This is one thing we can do to help keep Lake Highlands a safe and pleasing community for our children and upcoming parents and children.”

The Highlandettes are sponsored by Vicki Coleman.

Restaurant Adopts Merriman Park

As part of The Outback Steakhouse’s “Adopt-A-School” program, a dinner for two to the restaurant will be given to a faculty member at Merriman Park Elementary each month.

Also, a certificate will be given as a door prize at PTA meetings and students will be receiving awards throughout the year from the restaurant. Outback employees are also volunteering to tutor in the school’s classrooms.

News & Notes

MERRIMAN BOOK FAIR: Children’s, cook and gift books will be available at the Merriman Elementary School Book Fair from Nov. 8-12. The fair is open to the public during school hours, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event will also be open Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. prior to the school’s PTA meeting. The fair raises money for the school’s library.

STUDENTS TEACH DANCE: The Lake Highlands Wildcat Wranglers dance team will teach country and western dance lessons on Nov. 1, Nov. 10 and Nov. 15, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Lake Highlands High School Student Center. The lessons are $5 and for ages 12 and up. Money raised will benefit the Wildcat Wranglers.

TEACHER RETIRES TO SELL FLOWERS: Ada Hansford, a Hamilton Park resident, recently retired after teaching for DISD for 37 years. She will continue to volunteer for the district, but will spend most of her time running Ada’s Sparks of Nature, her florist business.

TEACHER ELECTED TO BOARD: Stephanie Noland, primary teacher at Northlake Elementary, was elected to the board of the National Association of Multi-Age Grouping. The organization is a resource for schools using multi-age grouping curriculum.