After Lake Highlands Women’s League members presented more than $100,000 in college scholarships to 32 Wildcat seniors in April, they fanned out into the neighborhood this month to give an additional $112,000 to 32 community agencies, projects and schools. The proceeds were collected from their annual Holiday in the Highlands home tour in December.
“We are so very grateful,” said Angela Gaddis, who directs the music program at Youth Believing in Change and led visiting Women’s League members through classrooms of smiling children.
The donation will finance additional tutoring at YBC, where many children arrive from distant countries speaking broken English or struggle to keep up with daily coursework.
“This money will make an enormous difference,” agreed Mary Kellagher, principal at Northlake Elementary.
Funds there will pay for AVID supplies for students at the now all-AVID campus. Advancement Via Individual Determination challenges and supports students with a system of organizational techniques, note-taking methods and study skills.
The Women’s League has given back more than $2.6 million to the community since the organization was founded in 1969, and members contribute 2,500 volunteer hours each year.
Also receiving funds this year are the Audelia Road Library, Communities in Schools, Dallas Police Youth Foundation, Feed Lake Highlands, Forerunner Mentoring, Forest Green Library, Gateway of Grace, Healing Hands Ministries, Kids-U, LH Junior Women’s League, LH North Recreation Center, LH YMCA, Network of Community Ministries, Pamper Lake Highlands, Richardson Adult Literacy Center, The Warren Center and the LHHS All Sports Program.
Schools receiving donations include Forest Lane Academy, Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, Lake Highlands Elementary, Merriman Park, Moss Haven, Northlake, Skyview, Stults Road, Thurgood Marshall, Wallace, White Rock, Forest Meadow, Lake Highlands Junior High and Lake Highlands High.
Wildcat seniors earning college scholarships include Ana Acosta, Blake Addison, Temidire Adelakun, Amour Alier, Brendan Bouldin, Johanna Patricio Bueno, Samuel Bugni, Mary Cade, Allison Cannatti, Nicole Clifford, Rebeca Contreras, Diego Lara Garcia, Christian Gonzales, Ethan Horstman, Natalia Ibarra, Lily Jenkins, Luke Moran, Christina Murphy, Bosco Nkunzurwanda, Edith Nwosu, Gabe Olivo, Esperanza Orozco, Adyari Ortiz, Barbara Raygoza, Kevin Regan, Isaac Solorio, Emily Starr, Jacob Stevens, Tucker Thomas, Swamy Trejo, Daniel Truong and Ikechi Umeh.
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