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Successful vaccination event hosted in collaboration with The Caring Foundation of Texas Care Van® 

A recent vaccination clinic at the Texans Can Academies - Dallas Oak Cliff campus marked yet another success as the school works to ensure the highest level of safety available for students and staff as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Over 50 employees signed up to be vaccinated during the three-hour event on April 12 in conjunction with The Caring Foundation of Texans Care Van®.

 

“We finally have access to a tool to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a place of learning and togetherness, we are working hard to find ways to get students and staff through the pandemic as safely as possible,” said Dr. James J. Ponce, 

superintendent. “The recent drive-through event was only the most recent in those efforts, but one we were happy to provide.”

At this point, most health experts agree that after a full vaccination, there is little danger of life-threatening complications from the coronavirus.

“Yes, it will allow our staff to transition back into normal activities, but more importantly, it helps ensure those under 16 that are not yet able to receive a vaccination can remain safe while attending class at the Texans Can Academies,” added Dr. Norma Allen, Chief Human Resource Officer.

Further, Allen said by having such a large portion of the staff sign up and receive a COVID-19 vaccination, it sets a tone for the community that the vaccines are safe and may help bring an end to the pandemic soon. 

“The Texans Can Academies, wherever they are located, are designed to be active in their communities,” Allen said. “This is just one example of our centers for learning continuing to take the lead, not only through words, but through action. We truly hope to see others join us by getting vaccinated, for themselves and the community.”

About Texans Can Academies

Texans Can Academies believe reading is the key to empowerment, personal fulfillment, success and employment. The schools ensure their students have the reading and writing skills needed to complete all coursework to earn their high school diploma and establish economic independence after graduation.

For over 35 years, Texans Can Academies continue to provide the highest quality education for all students. Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 dropout recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open-enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. To date, more than 171,759 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

For more information, visit texanscan.org.


 

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Despite struggles, principal credits students’ hard work for the accomplishment

 

Any graduation is time for celebration, but for 41 students at the Dallas Oak Cliff campus of the Texans Can Academies, this year’s celebration of the achievement means even more, as students dealt with the ongoing difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The students’ accomplishment was celebrated at 6:30 p.m. on March 31 during an outdoor ceremony.

 

Principal Norma Villegas attributes the achievement to the resilience and hard work of the senior class.

“It was my esteemed pleasure to pay special recognition to the class of 2021 for keeping their senior year alive, while facing a myriad of defining moments,” Villegas said. “After seeing each of them perform under such pressure, I am certain the best is yet to come in all of their future endeavors.”

 

With the many twists and turns the students faced through the year, she said the class faced every challenge head on and never gave up the goal of graduating.

 

“It would have been easy for the students to give up during this year,” Villegas said. “But every time a new obstacle got in the way, the students in this class pushed through, keeping their eyes toward graduation, and it was extremely heartwarming to send these students off the right way, diploma in hand and ready for the future.” 

 

Texans Can Superintendent Dr. James J. Ponce also recognized the students’ efforts at the Dallas Oak Cliff location during a year of difficulties.

“These students pushed through incredible adversity to achieve this first, in what I am sure will be a long list, of lifetime accomplishments,” Ponce said. “Their hard work and positive attitudes showcase the spirit of all of the learners at Texans Can Academies.”

 


About Texans Can Academies

Texans Can Academies believe reading is the key to empowerment, personal fulfillment, success and employment. The schools ensure their students have the reading and writing skills needed to complete all coursework to earn their high school diploma and establish economic independence after graduation.

For over 35 years, Texans Can Academies has continued to provide the highest quality education for all students. Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 dropout recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. To date, more than 171,759 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams. 

 

For more information, visit texanscan.org.