Fall Updates – October 2017

The Latest Fall News:

Thank You Donors for Your Support on North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is an annual event sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas. Supporters from all over North Texas were encouraged to take this day to donate to their favorite charities, and these donations can help raise funds to meet various community needs.

Thanks to all who donated! Your generous donations will be used to expand service-learning projects across southern Dallas County.

NTX Giving Day Dickerson Civic Center

Back to School!

School is well underway and Dickerson Civic Center is excited about all the projects we are planning, including a follow-up emergency gift-card giveaway to Hurricane Harvey evacuees.
Follow us here on the website, our newsletter, and on Facebook, to learn about all the upcoming news and events in the communities we serve, such as our volunteer day at the Paul Quinn College urban farm.

Helping Hurricane Harvey Evacuees! Campaign Success!

A huge THANKS to all who contributed to our Helping Hurricane Harvey Evacuees campaign! We raised $1500 and were able to donate thirty $50 dollar VISA gift cards to families in need!

Read More HERE

Urban Gardening

Dickerson Civic Center at Paul Quinn College We Over Me Urban Farm

Dickerson Civic Center at Paul Quinn College We Over Me Urban Farm

The perfect Autumn weather in Dallas was the ideal background for our Dickerson Civic Center outing to Paul Quinn College and their amazing “We over Me” organic, urban farm in the heart of southern Dallas!

Dickerson Civic Center founder Linda Lamar was able to volunteer alongside service-learning students from The Hockaday School, Southern Methodist University and others who showed up to participate on Second Saturday Volunteer Day (held every month).

October is planting and pruning time at the garden, pulling up the early season vegetation that has already produced and training the current crops like okra.

After meeting The Hockaday School service-learning coordinator, Laura Day, and their ten or more girls, Lamar was also able to meet with Paul Quinn volunteer-coordinator and Lead Farmer, Darcia Houston, about innovative ways Dickerson Civic Center and Paul Quinn College might collaborate.

Helping Our Community – Hurricane Harvey Support SUCCESS

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

What happens after individuals have sheltered from the hurricane in another city and are now ready to return home to assess damages for the first time since evacuation? Early shelter, food, clothing and other necessities may have been met by various agencies and evacuees no doubt expected this would eventually come to an end. Being out of work for a couple of weeks means a dwindling bank account and when the bank account is checked, there is not enough money in the account to purchase a tank of gas to return home. Gas prices temporarily skyrocketed since Hurricane Harvey, so where does one turn for money for even a tank of gas? That’s where Dickerson Center for Civic Responsibility comes in. Donors were asked to support the purchase of VISA cards for as many individuals as possible to meet whatever necessities evacuees may have whether gasoline, food, diapers or other immediate needs.

“We recognize that it’s going to take a lot more than $50 to impact evacuees’ recovery,” said Linda Lamar, Dickerson Center CEO, “but $50 is a start.”

Dickerson Center reached out to the principal and counselor of an elementary school (Ruby Young, DeSoto) and requested students write notes to Hurricane Harvey evacuees sheltering in Dallas. A note from a student was enclosed with the gift card with hopes of encouraging the recipients’ hearts. Thirty (30) gift cards were donated to evacuees at the Kay Bailey Hutchison shelter in Dallas.

The focus of Dickerson Center’s mission is to inspire a service spirit in young people. We believe these students benefit from their act of service. We can all make a difference.

Congratulations Jala! Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Jala Hall, Dickerson Center for Civic Responsibility scholarship recipient of our 2016 award, created in memory of Reverend Horace and Amy Dickerson.

The scholarship was established to recognize a college bound student who exhibits a “Spirit of Service to Community”.

Ms. Hall is currently enrolled at McNeese State University, majoring in criminal justice.

Jala Hall Scholarship Recipient

What is Service Learning?

Dickerson Civic Center is an organization whose mission is to promote “service learning”, which we believe is a building block of a healthy, vibrant community and caring society.

But what is “service learning” exactly?

Service-learning is a method by which people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized experience.

The benefits are numerous, as outlined below.

What is Service Learning

The varied programs we develop and take into our community are centered around this mission and purpose – to teach students to become involved in their communities in meaningful and productive, needs-based activities.

You can read more about our service-learning programming and initiatives here.

Preserving Our Future

Effective democracy requires a healthy balance between civic rights and obligations. There has been a noticeable decline in recent years of youth participation in service to the community or nation. DCCR provides youth an opportunity to understand that citizenship requires balance between giving and receiving. Young people are given the opportunity to experience service in a carefully controlled and meaningful environment alongside community partners. Young people are empowered to become contributors in improving their community and nation. Significant learning takes place as students use critical thinking to analyze and solve problems, participate in community service opportunities and reflect on their experiences that connect them to their academic subject areas.

We value our children and their futures; therefore, the community has stepped in to fill the gap where schools and families are failing. Dickerson Center for Civic Responsibility recognizes the huge racial academic achievement gap and is committed to improving educational outcomes for many marginalized and underprivileged students within the community.

Dickerson Center for Civic Responsibility honors the memory of Reverend and Mrs. Horace Livingston Dickerson, Sr. (Gloster, LA) who placed enormous value on education and the blessing of freedom.

It’s easy to make a buck; it’s tougher to make a difference.
~ Tom Brokow

Testimonials About DCCR

When I heard about the creative writing camp, I was extremely excited. I love thinking creatively, and telling great stories. However, I don’t have the discipline to do these things regularly or finish what I start, for that matter.
The first writing exercise was mind stretching as if was the first day of a fitness work-out. Much like anyone else being pounded into shape, I wanted to push back. My first thoughts were, “I can’t think of anything to write…” or “A purple what?”, were my first reactions. But soon, I began to open my mind.
By the end of the week, there was a noticeable difference in my ability to present as well as my capacity to think creatively. I even felt confident speaking in front of the group, and we all know how daunting speaking in front of our peers can be. I thought I might be a developing writer.
Thank you for such a thought stretching workshop. It was awesome! -Kristy

Without your help, I would have not been able to complete the various admissions applications for college. Now, I am a graduate of UTAustin. -Briana

Are you ready for back to school?

10 Tips for a Successful 2014-2015 School Year

1. Schedule a check-up with the doctor – Make sure all immunizations and physicals are up to date.

2. Buy “Back to School” Supplies – Be sure to check the school for supply list per grade level and watch for sales.

3. Transportation Schedule- Make sure you and your student are aware of the designated procedures, times and locations for “pick-up” and “drop off” spots for school.

4. Visit the school- Attend all registration dates, “Meet the Teacher” activities and all other events offered by the school to acclimate students and parents to the campus.

5. School Schedule – Your student should have a designated place and time to complete homework and chores. Also, be sure to have an appointed bedtime.

6. Preparation is the Key – Get clothes and backpacks ready the night before don’t forget to pack the lunches and sign any forms the students may need to turn in to the school.

7. Parent Involvement – Be an involved parent. Solicit ideas from the faculty and staff member to see how to volunteer at your child’s school.

8. Monitor Progress Reports – Communicate with teachers on a regular basis to ensure the success of your student.

9. Encourage Your Child – Talk to your child about the importance of education, ask about what they are learning in school and listen to the responses given.

10. READ – Read or have your student read to you daily. This promotes fluency and vocabulary; it’s also a great way to bond with your child.

~ Mrs. Lisa Spears, Counselor-Dallas ISD Director, Board of Directors, DCCR