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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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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.


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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...


We just wrapped up this past summer's Lone Star Leadership Academy camps and are getting settled into the routine of the new school year which, at Education in Action, means things are already full-steam ahead for summer 2020 camps!

Each September, we kick-off our Call for Outstanding Student Nominations for the coming summer's Lone Star Leadership Academy camps! We start the process right after Labor Day when teachers have had an opportunity to get to know their students, but also have time to recognize their outstanding students by nominating them online before the Fall Deadline, which this year is November 1st.

We highly encourage educators to submit their nominations by the Fall Nomination Deadline on November 1st. Fall nominees will receive their nomination notification packets prior to the holiday break, have the option to take advantage of Early Bird pricing and more time to apply and plan for camp, and are more likely to get their first-choice of camp dates. In addition, fall nominees have...

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Each year the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented awards merit-based scholarships of up to $400 for GT students to take part in summer enrichment opportunities including Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. A FULL scholarship for the top scoring applicant to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy is also awarded. Congratulations to Joshua Wan of Fort Bend ISD. Joshua was the top scoring Lone Star Leadership Academy applicant and received a FULL scholarship to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy - Houston/Galveston camp this summer!

Nine additional outstanding students from across the state received TAGT Scholarships to attend summer 2019 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. This year's winners include Vaibhavi Addala of Austin, Priya Chadrani of Austin, Ivory Cronce of Spring, Tiffany Guajardo of Dallas, Leondro Mari Hernandez of Brenham, Jesus Reyes of El...

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Listen to "Education in Action" written and performed by John McConnell!

Outstanding Texas educators join Education in Action each summer to enrich the lives of young leaders taking part in our Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. While the campers love experiencing notable Texas sites and learning about leadership with other top-notch students from across Texas, it’s our incredible team of facilitators that make the camp come to life for the students. Because of the important role they play in the campers’ experiences, and because we’re proud of the caliber of teachers that join us each summer, we appreciate the opportunity to spotlight our facilitators!

This fall we were overwhelmed when John McConnell, a 3rd grade teacher at Barbara Jordan Elementary in Fort Bend ISD sent us a recording of his song, “Education in Action”. He had just completed his first summer...

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One hundred five outstanding young Texans are taking part in the 2018-2019 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council! All members previously took part in Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camps to develop their leadership skills and experience notable Texas sites with other top-notch students from across the state. The Alumni Council, an annual program, provides camp alumni with a structured opportunity to take their leadership skills to the next level through service each school year.

Alumni Council members complete online leadership lessons to help them identify their passions and talents and a need in their community that is meaningful to them. They apply their insights by creating a service project of their choosing and recruiting and leading others to accomplish their goal. This year’s Alumni Council members come from all over our great state - from El Paso in the west to Texarkana in the east and from Dumas in the north to Mission in the south. We even have a member from Baton Rouge, LA!

We are proud of the positive impact members of the Alumni Council make...

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Two years ago I participated in an event, Dancers Kickin' Cancer. This event was a fundraiser for the L3 Foundation. They raise money for pediatric cancer patients. The foundation was founded by a little boy, Landon who was battling cancer and ended up losing his battle at the age of 10. His dad Scott addressed the crowd and encouraged us, especially the kids, to #MakeADifference. The story of Landon and the challenge from his dad inspired me to do just that, make a difference.

After visiting with my parents and Mr. Scott, I started my first service project, Hats Off for a Cure, at the age of nine. Through that campaign I collected over 3,000 hats for the children battling cancer at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. I received hats from not only in our area but as far as New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and New Jersey. This campaign inspired adults to start their own hat collections in different parts of Texas.

During my service project I was nominated by my counselor,...