The Dallas Academy community kicked off the new school year by showing appreciation for the brave men and women of the Dallas Police Department.
Dallas Academy, which is located on White Rock Lake, has long valued its relationship with the officers that serve the east Dallas community. It is common to see a local officer come out to a school sporting event or campus activity. Students have benefited over the years from campus visits made by officers to lead discussions on timely topics such as safe driving, drug awareness, cyber bullying, and personal safety. Numerous members of the Dallas Academy community also have parents and children on the local police force. The July ambush which led to the death of five Dallas Police and DART officers in the line of duty deeply affected the entire school community.
In July, members of the school community gathered together to write letters of condolences and to make posters of appreciation for the members of the Dallas Police Department. Wanting to do more once students returned from summer break, Dallas Academy administrators decided to host a goods drive to benefit the officers of the DPD Northeast Division. In just four days, the school raised a truck-load of drinks, snack foods, letters of encouragement, as well as cash donations. On Thursday, August 25th, Dallas Academy students and staff representatives delivered the donations to the Northeast station. Dallas Academy Headmaster Jim Richardson commented, “The members of the Northeast Division have been watching over Dallas Academy for years. They have served as wonderful mentors to our students and have always gone above and beyond for our school. We wanted to do our part to show our support and appreciation for their years of friendship and guidance.”
Dallas Academy was proud to give back in a small but meaningful way to the dedicated officers who serve keep our school community safe.