community

Lake Highlands Military Moms is a friendship and support group for mothers with children currently serving in the military. Contact Rhonda Russell, 214-340-9712 or lhmama1@yahoo.com for information.

The Lake Highlands Forum, a neighborhood group that meets the third Thursday of each month, is open to all neighborhood residents. The one-hour meetings feature speakers of interest to Lake Highlands residents. Meetings are held at Luby’s Cafeteria on the Northwest corner of Central Expressway and Meadow Road. A full buffet breakfast is available; cost is $8.61 payable to Luby’s. There are no other charges to participate in the group. Contact Lynn Austin during business hours, 214-361-9996.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is looking for members who also are members of local school councils in Lake Highlands in order to establish a club liaison with LH attendance zone public schools. For information contact Larry Lauck at llauck@americanlightingassoc.com.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is compiling a list of names and military addresses of former Lake Highlands students serving in and in order to send supplies, phone cards and letters. Lake Highlands soldiers currently serving in are Michael Bryson, Brett Dehm, Patrick Freshwater, Isaac Haseley, Ian Herring, Spencer Kinder, Travis Mokate, Adam Ortiz, Blake Sawyer and Marcus Williams. For a current list of soldiers overseas in , and one on a submarine, visit lhexchangeclub.org and click on “Lake Highlands Military.”

people

Bishop Lynch High School recently recognized Lake Highlands resident Jenny Carroll by awarding her its “Work of Heart” award. Carroll, who is the school’s assistant activities director, was presented with $500 and a certificate for her dedication. The award is anonymously funded through the Catholic Foundation to recognize teachers, administrators and staff of schools in the Diocese of Dallas.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands recently presented its police officer and fire fighter of the quarter awards. Officer Bervin Smith and Senior Corporal Michael Royal with the Dallas Police Department were honored. Smith is a 16-year department veteran working the last six years at the Northeast Substation. He is involved in Interactive Community Policing, handling multi-family issues. Royal works the deep-night shift in the Greenville Avenue area and also in Lake Highlands. He is a primary field trainer for new police academy recruits after basic training completion. Driver Engineer Jose Robles was honored from the Dallas Fire Department. He has been with the department for 30 years, previously serving as a paramedic, and is one of the last original crew members who opened Station 28 on Greenville Avenue in 1988. He has resided in Lake Highlands for more than 10 years. The men received a plaque for their service.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands recently inducted six new members: Tom Bailey, David Rouble, John Cobb, Marty Lowy, Karanina Choake and Jody Zorn. The public is invited to attend an Exchange Club meeting any Friday morning at 7 a.m. Meetings are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10110 Shoreview.

students
La’Reta Jones and Jarett Thompson, students at Lake Highlands High School, recently received the Lake Highlands Exchange Club’s Character Counts award. Jones’ accomplishments include the National A & B Honor Roll, Church Scholar, Texas Scholar, Presidential Scholar, Who’s Who Among High School students, and Offensive Player of the Year for 2005-06. She plans to attend Baylor University or TWU to study to become an OB/GYN. She also hopes to obtain her doctorate in biology. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cedrick Grayson Sr. Thompson is a member of LHHS’ student council, Theta Chi Mu Steppers and is president of the Business Professionals of America and the Lake Highlands Mentoring program. He is a member of the NAACP and attends Hamilton Park United Methodist Church. He plans to attend Texas Tech University to major in business management and administration, and business economics, followed by law school. He is the son of La’krecia Thompson and Otis Smiley.
 
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling announced the nomination of five students from the Fifth Congressional District to attend ’s military service academies. Among those is Lake Highlands High School senior John McPherson Elmore, who is nominated to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Candidates interested in attending a military service academy must undergo a rigorous selection process and be nominated by a member of Congress, the vice president or by the department of Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps. Selections are based upon academic performance, college entrance test scores, physical aptitude, medical certification, extracurricular activities and leadership potential.

Lake Highlands High School senior honor student Andrew Conwell recently received “Youth of the Month” award from the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. Conwell is the senior class president and a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, A Capella Choir, Espree and Theater LHHS. He is the son of Dale and Anne Conwell, and plans to study business at Southern Methodist University or Texas Christian University.

schools

Richland Collegiate High School will be accepting applications through March 9 for the Richland Collegiate High School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering (RCHS). Applicants must be entering the 11th grade in fall 2007. RCHS students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College, graduating from RCHS by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science or engineering. RCHS students can also graduate from Richland College with an Associate of Arts degree, ready to transfer to a four-year university. The high school is tuition-free and includes the use of a laptop. Students may join the Richland College choir, bands, orchestras, theater productions, student newspaper, intramurals, athletics and student government. The school opened last fall with 175 high school juniors and will include juniors and seniors in fall of 2007. A town hall meeting for interested parents and students will be held on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in room C-140 at Richland College. For applications, visit richlandcollege.edu/rchs/admissions.htm. For information, visit richlandcollege.edu/rchs or call 972-761-6888.

volunteers

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Senior Source is looking for volunteers age 55+ to volunteer with more than 230 non-profit agencies in Dallas and Collin counties. RSVP matches your skills, needs and desires with a volunteer job. Volunteers are generally needed for three hours, one to two days a week. 214-823-5700 or rsvpd@TheSeniorSource.org.

Mentoring Volunteers are needed to devote up to three hours a week to a Lake Highlands student through the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. lhexchangeclub.org.

Samaritan Care Hospice, a Medicare-certified hospice program, needs volunteers to provide one-on-one companionship to terminally ill patients. If you have one or two hours per week to give as a hospice volunteer, call 972-690-6632 to register for an upcoming class.

Meals on Wheels, a program run by The Visiting Nurse Association seeks volunteer drivers in our neighborhood. Drivers make weekday deliveries a few mornings a week or month, picking up meals at the Lakeview Christian Church, 9100 Diceman. 214-689-0639.

Charities Home Center is in need of volunteers to help operate the resale store and also seeks gently used donations for families in the community. Donations can be picked up. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Lake Ridge Shopping Center at Kingsley and Audelia, 214-342-8231.

Heart House Dallas, a free after-school program for low-income children, has a variety of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals. Work as an after-school mentor, homework tutor, coach, and office helper or in other available capacities. For information contact Jayna Wallach at 214-750-7637 or jwallach@hearthouse.org, or visit hearthouse.org.