The recently completed Thelma Richardson Elementary School opened its doors to teachers last week and will welcome Dallas ISD students for the first day of school on Monday, August 26. The new elementary school celebrates the life of the namesake, Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson, and her role in breaking down the walls of teacher segregation in Dallas. Vibrant, colorful panels and durable materials provide the district with a new CHPS designed school that will last well into the future. Included are a few detailed images as we celebrate the school’s opening. More pictures will be posted on our website and blog soon, so be sure to check back at www.brwarch.com.
Wednesday afternoon was a gorgeous day to get out of the office. The sun was shining and the traffic was not nearly as tragic as I imagined. BRW principal and former CEFPI North Texas Chapter president, Lisa Lamkin, AIA and I drove together to Fort Worth ISD’s Polytechnic High School. We were scheduled to attend a CEFPI board meeting at the school and afterward have a quick lunch while visiting the High School’s new Community Garden.
It was a little over a year ago that the school started their Community Garden with the award money they received from the CEFPI. The real treat of the day was when the students proudly showed the CEFPI Board members around the different vegetables and herbs that they planted.
The first CEFPI Impact award was a clear success and I look forward to seeing what school wins this year’s award, and what they will do to improve their school environment. The award application date has been extended to June 12 this year so if you know of a school in need, be sure to direct them here.
POSTED BY: CATHERINE CHOBERKA-KHIRALLAH
Congratulations to Dallas Independent School District’s Woodrow Wilson High School for winning an Achievement award from Preservation Dallas! The award will be presented at the 14th Annual Preservation Dallas Achievement Awards ceremony on May 15th at the new Dallas City Performance Hall. Click here for more information about the awards and ceremony and to order tickets. View a PDF of the photos used in the presentation here.
Dallas Independent School District’s Woodrow Wilson High School opened for the 2013 spring semester with a new addition and a fresh renovation. Although the official grand opening will not occur until April, we thought we might share a few sneak peak pictures. We’ll be sure to give you the full photo tour once the grass greens up!
Last Wednesday, I had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremony for the FWISD Polytechnic High School Garden. After receiving the $5000 grant last summer from The CEFPI North Texas Chapter IMPACT Award, it was exciting to see the student and faculty putting the money to use.
As the 20 or so students gathered to take pictures and share cookies in the courtyard, I was reminded how a simple garden and community project can do so much for the average teen today. Nice job CEFPI; great IMPACT on the community!
POSTED BY: MALIA NIX
BRW principal, Lisa Lamkin AIA and Senior Associate Anne Hildenbrand, AIA recently published an article entitled “Reborn on the Bayou” in the October issue of College Planning and Management Magazine. Click here to view the article about the renovation of Houston’s San Jacinto Memorial Building for Houston Community College.