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The following is from the April 28, 2013, edition of The Dallas Morning News.

Thousands of DISD students attend event at SMU designed to promote educational opportunities

 

April 29, 2013

By HANNAH DECLERK
The Dallas Morning News

SMU football coach June Jones teared up as he watched students take the field Saturday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

It wasn’t his team that stirred his emotions — it was the sight of more than 6,000 kids from economically disadvantaged Dallas ISD campuses coming for help.

“Just seeing all the students walk through the tunnels and onto the field — it was incredible,” Jones said.

The event, Imagine 2020, kicked off a multimillion-dollar DISD initiative to encourage children to stay in school and pursue college degrees and careers.

The event drew fifth- to 11-graders from Pinkston, Lincoln and Madison high schools and the elementary and middle schools that feed into them.

“We want to give the students the best education we can give them so whatever their dream is, they can go do it,” DISD Special Projects Officer Kerri Holt said.

Representatives from more than 40 organizations attended, including colleges, summer camps and after-school programs.

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