Freedom Day 2013
This September 11th, an army of 500 volunteers from 59 of EFNT’s Member Companies fanned out across Atwell Middle School/Law Academy to completely revitalize the campus. In a matter of hours, the bland walls reflected energetic racing stripes, inspiring words, playful images and an invigorating mural of the updated school mascot. The teachers lounges were completely transformed and we actually had to “strongly encourage” the teachers to go home to so we close up the school! Teachers, administrators, students, Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas ISD Trustee Carla Ranger were awed by the enthusiastic contribution of EFNT's volunteers, which, by the way, was worth well over $70,000!
And while many of the volunteers were toiling away at the school, another group was managing its 1,000 students at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. In addition to exploring the exciting exhibits, the students had the opportunity to meet seven Dallas City Council Members who were blown away by how well-organized and fun the field trip was, as well as how appreciative the students were about their field trip and the activities taking place on their campus.
We want to thank our event sponsors including: Hunt Consolidated Investments; Mutual Capital Alliance; the Boone Pickens Foundation, a Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas; Optimal Solutions; and Computer Associates, as well as our in-kind donors including: Jersey Mike’s Subs; Panera Bread; Dallas County Schools; and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, who made it possible for EFNT to host this memorable event. Most of all, though, we want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you for spending September 11th with us to show the young students of Atwell Middle School/Law Academy that you care about their success in life and the strength of our community.
Since Freedom Day's inception, EFNT Member Companies have provided more than 21,000 hours of service to important nonprofits including Dallas Independant School District, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Dallas Fire-Rescue, the Innercity Community Development Corporation, the African American Museum, Texas Trees Foundation, Innerfaith Housing Coalition, Park South Family YMCA, Juliette Fowler Communities, City Square, Camp Summit, Catholic Charities, Camp Summit and Community Housing for Adults Inc.
Photos of Freedom Day 2013