Volunteers help superheroes soar toward STAAR


With colorful superhero capes flapping in the wind, students at Lee McShan Elementary cheered and applauded as they gathered to shake off nervous energy during a STAAR pep rally last Friday.

Students in grades 3-5 donned yellow, red or blue capes and superhero t-shirts while members of the Lincoln High School band and dancers pumped up the crowd in the name of academics. Younger students looked on and cheered for those who are taking the test this week.

“We’re going to rock the STAAR test,” students yelled as they whirled to show off their capes.

The capes were made possible thanks to Remington Ashford, partners who answered Principal Dayanna Carson’s call to help the school carry out its “Superheroes of the Classroom” theme. The capes were used as an incentive to students.

“Our goal is to reward students for excellent character, leadership, and academic improvement,” Carson said. “We want our students to know that the sky is the limit.”

Carson issued a call to volunteers to help make capes that teachers could use each week to award students who excelled in character development and academic achievement.

The Remington Ashford volunteers stepped up and have provided approximately 100 superhero capes.

“We are grateful for their contributions as we motivate our scholars in the pursuit of excellence every single day,” Carson said.

Remington Ashford provides volunteers throughout the entire Emmett J. Conrad High School feeder pattern. April is Volunteer Recognition Month, a time to recognize the many individuals, organizations, and businesses for their efforts to lend a hand in their communities. Dallas ISD will recognize volunteers at an award ceremony on Thursday.

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