by Amber Rogers
March 2015 Dicta

Did you know that 15.7 million children live in poverty in the United States? One in four children in Texas live in poverty. In Dallas, 38% of our children live in poverty. In Dallas Independent School District, 87% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Many students, however, are not fed during the weekend or on school breaks. A chronically underfed student will perform 18% worse on standardized math tests, suffer from illness more often, and attend fewer days of school than classmates who received adequate nutrition. This is where the 2014 DAYL Leadership Class is stepping in and asking for your support.

The 2014 DAYL Leadership Class is supporting the North Texas Food Bank by hosting a fundraiser for its Food 4 Kids Program. The Food 4 Kids Program seeks to prevent child hunger by providing backpacks full of non-perishable, kid-friendly food for children in Dallas area schools to take home on Friday afternoons. In 2012 the program grew to 330 schools and provided backpacks full of food each weekend during the school year to approximately 11,000 chronically hungry children in Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

Grab your bibs, sunglasses, and wet naps and come out to support the 2014 DAYL Leadership Class’s project: Crawfest: Claws for a Cause. We will have music, beverages, and the best crawfish in town! Whether you call them mudbugs, crawdads, or crawfish, we are cracking them open on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Four Corners Brewery, which is located at 423 Singleton Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75212.

Tickets are $40. But do not miss the opportunity for discounted pre-sale tickets at $35, which are available until March 25th. Tickets are also available at the door for $45. Ticket price includes crawfish and Four Corners beer during the event! You can purchase tickets from any 2014 DAYL Leadership Class member or from the website located at You can make an even bigger difference by being a sponsor! Sponsorship levels range from $200 (Mud Bug level) to $5,000 (King of the Crewe level), and come with goodies ranging from complimentary entry to a reserved table at the event and publicity for your organization. For information regarding exactly what is included in each level of sponsorship, please contact Sally Pretorius or Rafael Rodriguez, or visit the website.

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