Simmons Luminary Award
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Jubilee Park and Community Center
North Texas Honoree
The Meadows Foundation
A private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas, The Meadows Foundation has contributed greatly to enriching the lives of countless Texans in arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health and human services.
Since its founding, the foundation has disbursed more than $1 billion in grants to more than 3,500 Texas institutions and agencies. The correlation between quality of education and quality of life is undeniable. Early reading, experiential learning, tutoring and mentoring programs improve lifelong study skills and academic achievement. Knowledge empowers choices that influence social and family environments, health and mental well-being, careers and incomes, homes and neighborhoods, and communities and world views.
To ensure that the children of Texas are prepared to create their futures and to provide the state with the human capital needed to compete in a global economy, the foundation’s education grants aim to help students succeed in the early years throughout their K-16 trajectories, improve poor-performing schools, ensure fewer dropouts, close achievement gaps and develop teachers and administrators whose commitments are necessary to meet these objectives. Education grants also target increasing school enrollment and completion rates in the state’s colleges and universities. Since its creation, the foundation has given $152 million to 670 education-related organizations in Texas.
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Teaching Tolerance, a Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in Montgomery, Ala. in 1971 to fight hate and bigotry. As one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations, it seeks to shatter barriers to equality and to ensure social justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works to make the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity a reality for all.
Since 1991, the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project has kept diversity issues at the forefront of American education. It combats prejudice among our nation’s children while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments in the classroom. The project produces and distributes – free of charge – an array of anti-bias resources to educators and classrooms nationwide. Educators can integrate the free tools and resources into core classroom units and their own professional development, as well as into school life, to reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations and foster school equity.
Through its award-winning classroom documentaries, curricula and other resources, TeachingTolerance has touched the hearts and minds of millions of students and teachers with lessons about respect, equality and social justice. Its materials have received Oscar and Emmy awards, as well as Golden Lamp Awards, the educational publishing industry’s leading honors.
Video clip of Teaching Tolerance, a Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center