Reading for a Reason Volunteers Needed

Reading for a Reason will hold its fourth annual event Friday, March 31st from 11-1pm at Southern Methodist University. The event will bring first grade students and their parents to campus. While students spend time reading and engaging in literacy activities with college students, their parents will spend time with SMU Simmons School of Education faculty learning the most effective ways to read to their children.

The purpose of the event is to promote literacy among elementary students in underprivileged parts of Dallas and to educate their parents how best to support their young students. Additionally, we want to raise awareness of literacy issues in Dallas among college students to foster a greater spirit of service.

For students who would like to volunteer please click the following link to register:

For professors who would be willing and able to present to parents, please send me an email at

Stem Scouts Leaders Needed for Kramer Elementary School

What: Stem Scouts, a co-ed program for 3rd-5th graders

When: The program will run September – May.

More details: They require a three leaders for every 20 students. The Stem Scout leaders will pick up their students from the cafeteria at 3:20. They should be ready in their classrooms to start by 3:30.  They will bring their students to the front area of the school at 5 pm for parent pick-up.

Please check on the website below for more information on Stem Scouts.

3 UIL Essay Graders Needed

Grading of six essays (rubric and essay topic talking points provided).

The social studies contest is Thursday afternoon, March 23, and one would need to report to the front of the high school, 4220 Emerson, at 5:30 pm. This year’s topic is U.S. Constitutional History: Equality, Freedom, Liberty and Right and the book is Madison’s Gift.

The current events contest is Saturday morning, March 25 , and one would need to be here at 9:00 am.

The pay is $50/contest.

Students may send Cynthia Jones an email at JonesC@HPISD.ORG for additional information, questions, confirmation, etc.