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State Commissioner of Education to join Lancaster ISD students on first day of school

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

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Contact: Sonya Cole-Hamilton Lancaster ISD…More Than a Diploma

Office: 972-218-1433 Cell: 972-358-7227

SonyaHamilton@LancasterISD.org

www.LancasterISD.org

Friday, August 21, 2015

State Commissioner of Education to join Lancaster ISD students

on first day of school

Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – Early Monday morning while many districts across the DFW area will figuratively roll out the red carpet to welcome back students, Lancaster ISD staff will actually roll out red carpet in the front entries of all campuses. For three years in a row, Lancaster ISD has invited state, city and community leaders and partners to join district and campus staff in greeting children on the first day of school as the students walk the red carpet prior to entering the school.

This year, the Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has confirmed his participation. In addition, new UNT-Dallas President and former Dallas Morning News Editor Bob Mong will be on site at a campus opening car doors and greeting Lancaster ISD Students. "The Back to School Red Carpet Welcome has become a tradition that our returning students look forward to," Director of Student/Family Services and Community Engagement Dr. Lisa Bacon said. "But it’s really exciting to see the new students and parents when they walk the red carpet. They are always so surprised at the grand welcome." Assistant Superintendent of Governmental Relations and Student Affairs Dr. Lamont Smith has organized this annual event for the past three years and said that he is happy to see it grow each year. This year, the follow dignitaries are joining in the festivities:

 Michael Williams, Texas Commissioner of Education

Hon. Marcus Knight, City of Lancaster Mayor

Jennifer Wimbush, Cedar Valley College President

Dr. Bob Mong, UNT-Dallas President

Jeff Steele, Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce President

LaShonja Harris, City of Lancaster Councilmember

 Nina Morris, City of Lancaster Councilmember

Carol Strain-Burks, City of Lancaster Councilmember

Ty Jones, Lancaster ISD Trustee President

Ellen Clark, Lancaster ISD Trustee Vice President

Rhonda Davis-Crawford, Lancaster ISD Trustee

La Rhonda Mays, Lancaster ISD Trustee

Tracey Gulley, Chief Deputy for Constable Garrett’s office for Precinct 1 of Dallas County

Zach Thompson, Dallas County Health Department

While the Back to School Red Carpet Welcome will occur at all campuses, Commissioner Williams and Mr. Mong will begin their morning at George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center located at 1005 Westridge Ave., Lancaster, TX 75146

Time: 7 – 7:30 AM

Date: Monday, August 24, 2015

Location: George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center located at 1005 Westridge Ave., Lancaster, TX 75146

The Lancaster Independent School District serves more than 7,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. Our vision is that all students achieve self-sustaining success and leave a lasting legacy. And our mission, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society.

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