Wednesday, September 11, 2013

W. H. Atwell Middle/Law Academy celebrates 9/11 Freedom Day sponsored by Entrepreneurs For North Texas

September 11, 2013

Joining America's national commemoration, Entrepreneurs for North Texas (EFNT) were also "Honoring Lives Changed on 9.11.01 by Changing Lives Today." This morning in district 6, over 500 volunteers from more than 60 EFNT member companies came together for their 12th annual Freedom Day event. 

W. H. Atwell Middle School/Law Academy Choir Members
Stevon Harris, Director

W. H. Atwell Middle School/Law Academy, Selena Deboskie, Principal, was this year's recipient of the EFNT vision.  Volunteers arrived early and worked late helping to transform the tragic memories of 9/11/2001 into triumphant images for today and years of brighter tomorrows.  

Volunteers Attend Opening Ceremony

Freedom Day was a huge, lasting gift for Atwell Middle School students, faulty and staff as EFNT volunteers painted, landscaped and redesigned the Atwell campus.  Groups worked on various projects --  updating hallway decor, installing inspirational signs and re-desiging the "Archer" mascot (based on student focus group participation).  
Atwell Students Enjoy Perot Museum Musical Stairs

Especially for teachers and staff, volunteers created wonderful appreciation gifts of completely refurbished lounges, stocked with treats and surprises.

While hundreds of volunteers worked on campus, dozens of others served as guides on a field trip for the entire school of nearly 1,000 students. They, along with Atwell teachers, staff and parent chaperones, visited the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  

After viewing a film about 9/11, produced to inform and encourage them, students discovered the many engaging areas of the Perot Museum.   

Volunteer Wrap-Up

Throughout transportation, the tour and lunch, Atwell Archers expressed excitement and appreciation for the Perot experience.   

It was gratifying to hear museum staff and visitors give impromptu compliments about the high quality of Atwell students' questions and behavior.

A big THANKS to all EFNT volunteers, including: project manager Pam Gerber -- EFNT Executive Director; campus coordinators Debbie Pon and Chip Bensing -- Freedom Day 2013 Co-Chairs ; guest speaker Tim Doke -- SVP Community Engagement for UNT Health Science Center (formerly 2001 American Airlines Communication Manager); and Perot Museum adventure coordinator Shannon Streeter -- EFTN member.

93 Years Young Helen Small Inspired Students
Perot Museum Volunteer 

Much appreciation to former Dallas ISD Trustee Adam Medrano for arranging museum admission and for supporting our students and the implementation of this Entrepreneurs for North Texas project.

Long into the future,  W. H. Atwell Middle School/Law Academy students, teachers, staff, administration and community will remember and benefit from Freedom Day, September 11, 2013.