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Tucker Keeney, an 8th grader from Pleasant Grove ISD and first year Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council member, found inspiration to exercise his leadership skills even before he arrived back home from attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy camp this past summer.

"For my service project, I have decided to help restore Texarkana's train station," Tucker shared. "Our town was founded on the junction of two railroads but as Texarkana grew away from its downtown center, the train station began to deteriorate. When I attended the Lone Star Leadership Academy this past summer, I rode the train home from Austin. After a great train experience, when I got off the train I overheard someone say, 'Oh wow this place is a dump,' and I will not have that be anyone's first impression of Texarkana." Tucker continued, "With the help of Leadership Texarkana and Main Street Texarkana we plan to make the train station better for everyone. My current goals are to help spread the word of the train station improvement project and get people excited about the station and trains...

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Charlize Lopez, a student in Fort Bend ISD, first attended a Lone Star Leadership Academy camp in the Dallas/Fort Worth area the summer after 4th grade. The following summers she returned to attend the Austin/San Antonio camp and the Houston/Galveston camp and earned the Trailblazer designation for her dedication to experiencing Texas while developing her leadership skills.

Charlize went on to join the Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council, an annual opportunity available only to Lone Star Leadership Academy campers. The Alumni Council provides leadership training culminating in members creating and leading others in service projects of their choosing. Members that successfully complete the Alumni Council program earn the opportunity to return to camp in the role of Youth Facilitator. This past summer Charlize served as a mentor to younger campers as a Youth Facilitator on the Lone Star Leadership Academy - Dallas/Fort Worth camp.

During Charlize's four years on the Alumni Council, she collected and distributed almost 1,000 coats and other cold-weather items to...

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Our neighbor, Audi Grapevine, hosts a Community Events page to share information about all the latest and greatest places to eat, things to do, and more in the Grapevine area! We are very excited they chose to spotlight Education in Action on their community page! Thank you, Audi Grapevine, for supporting our community with your page and Education in Action with this awesome community spotlight! Check it out! Community Spotlight: Education in Action.

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Education in Action's t-shirt company, Graphics Store Screen Printing and Embroidery, has fun Christmas apparel for sale and we're spreading the word! These shirts make great teacher gifts and stocking stuffers! Shop Now and Happy Holidays!

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Education in Action extends a huge thank you to Boaz Insurance Services, LLC and SMB Suite and the numerous individuals and families that donated to Education in Action on North Texas Giving Day 2020! We raised $1,125 during the 18 hour event! The money raised will help us fund our Discover Texas Field Trips In a Box program to bring the fun of field trips to students in their classrooms until we can resume traveling with students on our one-day Discover Texas Field Trips and weeklong Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camps!

We are grateful for the opportunity we are provided to serve Texas students on educational travel programs! If you would like to make a donation to help us fulfill our...

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Sixty-nine outstanding young student leaders from across Texas successfully completed membership in Education in Action’s 2019-2020 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council. Members each received a certificate of merit to honor the contributions they made to their communities through the service projects they led this school year as Alumni Council members.

Initially, members participated in the Lone Star Leadership Academy, a weeklong leadership development summer camp. As graduates of this program, they were invited to join the Alumni Council to continue developing their leadership skills during the school year. They completed leadership modules to pinpoint their interests and talents and to identify a need in their community about which they were passionate. They used the information to create and lead a service project of their choosing. A description and photo of each student’s service project is available at...

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Education in Action is excited to announce we received a Community Grant from Walmart Giving on behalf of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Keller! The funds will provide scholarships to help 50 students on free or reduced meal programs attend summer 2020 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps.

"The scholarships this grant provides will help make the Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camp experience available to outstanding young Texans that might not otherwise have the opportunity to travel outside of their hometowns to experience our great state," stated Monica Hayes, Outreach Director for Education in Action.

Traveling to Texas' largest metropolitan areas and spending a week visiting historically significant and notable sites with other top-notch students from across the state has the potential to make a lasting impression on any student! We never know which experiences are going to be...

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SYTA ROAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD IS OPEN!

The Road Scholarship program awards funds to youth unable to afford the cost of their student group trip and may be applied to participation in both of Education in Action's student program offerings: Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camps and one-day Discover Texas Field Trips.

Based on the belief that travel is essential for a complete education, the SYTA Youth Foundation's goal is to make a positive difference through travel. Applications may be submitted October 1 – November 15, 2019.

WHO CAN APPLY? Nominations must be submitted only by an educator, program leader or designated school official. Nominations submitted by parents or guardians will not be considered.

HOW MUCH IS AWARDED PER SCHOLARSHIP? Up to $1,000 will be...

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Each year Education in Action invites all summer camp alumni to enter the "What the Lone Star Leadership Academy Means to Me" video contest for a chance to win a full scholarship to attend camp the following summer! Today we announced the top three winning entries for this year's contest!

Chelsea Toote, 6th grader in McKinney ISD - Grand Prize Winner

Chelsea earned a full scholarship to attend a 2020 Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camp!

Adeline Burke, 6th grader in Carroll ISD, 2nd Place Winner

Adeline earned a $400 scholarship to attend a 2020 Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camp!

Deon Collier, 6th grader at Village Tech Schools charter school in Duncanville - 3rd Place Winner

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Lone Star Leadership Academy alumnus Jayson Kimberly, an 8th grader at Montgomery Junior High in Montgomery ISD, is making headlines with his Leave it for the Pooch service project, now it its third year. What started as a local service project requirement for Jayson's participation in Education in Action's Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council has grown to reach many of our 50 states and even other countries!

This summer, Jayson started collecting t-shirts from animal shelters and rescues with a plan to wear a different t-shirt to school each day this year to raise awareness about the number of shelters and the need to adopt and spay and neuter pets. To date he has received 284 shirts from all over the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Zimbabwe! He requested two shirts from each organization; one he will wear to school, the other Cupcake Quilts is making into quilts which he will auction off to...

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