The Generational Change, an organization founded by Lake Highlands High School alumni, aims to give back to the community. Their first event, held on Friday, Aug. 9, was a back to school drive. The drive provided over 250 backpacks, plus supplies, books and refreshments at Forest Lane Academy.

“The Generational Change is on a mission to give back to the North Dallas community,” Ashley Nixon says. Nixon is president of Saving Our Sons and Daughters, a community driven grassroots response to the issues of youth violence.

Members of The Generational Change organized the event along with the help of Forest Lane Academy’s new principal, DeMarcus Goree and counselor Copeland Norcros.

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Members of The Generational Change celebrate after their successful drive.

“We are all familiar with the humble cry of our area’s residents and want to make a change in anyway we can,” Nixon says.

Looking forward, the organization is planning supply closets for schools in the area, reading events and movie nights.

Members include PopUp Comfort founder Thaddeus Miller, Blessings By Nature Founder Natasha Greer, Jarric Tucker, Aquanisha Moore, Brandon Sneed and Dshayla Simon.

“Most of us have lived or currently reside in the Lake Highlands area and hold it close to our hearts,” Nixon says. “Personally, as a Lake Highlands High School Alumna, I’d love to continue to see our community thrive.”