ESD’s daily routines may look different, but the core of our community remains the same. Throughout this challenging time, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and other community members have volunteered their time and resources at both local and larger organizations.
These are a few of many examples of Eagles giving back:
1. After months of long-distance training and a postponed December marathon, Penny North ’21 and Gia Maioriello ’22 put on their own marathon around the Park Cities on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association. Together they raised over $2,600!
2. Students kicked off the holiday season by making over 3,600 candy cane bags for Brother Bill’s Helping Hands Christmas celebration.
3. To help spread some joy and boost morale, ESD community members raised $2,150 for appreciation baskets and essential PPE for the hardworking ICU nurses at Parkland Hospital.
4. Despite COVID challenges, third graders collected 280 bags (that's almost 2,800 items) for their annual drive benefiting North Dallas Shared Ministries. Read the full story here.
5. Middle school advisories filled around 80 boxes for St. Philip's Holiday Dinner Box Drive, providing holiday meals to families in Dallas.
6. Katherine Cowser '21 became an inaugural member of the Young Advocates Council, an organization of students dedicated to making a lasting impact on their neighbors experiencing hunger. Read the full story here.
7. With the supervision of ESD’s Campus Maintenance Engineer Mr. Stuart, Ben Guerriero '24 built, sanded, and painted six sanitation stations as part of his Eagle Project.
>>> Upper school film teacher Bobby Weiss also helped build sanitation stations for ESD’s return to campus in September.
8. Upper school students filled 260+ bags of groceries for Prism Health’s Thanksgiving Dinner Project.
9. Faculty and staff donated 4,000 pairs of rubber gloves, 650 face masks, 12 face shields, 42 bottles of hand sanitizer, 3,600 disinfectant wipes, all unused classroom supplies, to UT Southwestern.
10. Unable to tour VNA Meals on Wheels this year due to COVID, first graders expanded their annual Valentine card project into a year-long commitment of providing cards for upcoming holidays.
11. ESD brothers Reid '22 and Max '21 Moorman created and hosted a clothing drive to collect uniform-style red polos for Foster Elementary. They were able to gather 65 new shirts on their first delivery!
11. Instead of their usual pink bracelets, Student Council sold pink face masks for No-Shave November to raise cancer awareness. They raised $3,052 for St. Jude!
12. Ninth graders used their advisory funds to help support Walnut Hill Elementary, donating 58 teacher appreciation meals and personalized thank you cards.
13. With so many in Dallas facing food insecurity from the pandemic, the eighth-annual Hamburgers for Henry took a twist! Instead of purchasing hamburgers, families donated items for Aunt Bette’s Food Pantry of St. Philip’s School and Community Center.
14. To show our appreciation for those who work in healthcare, education, food and grocery, public transportation, and more, students wrote thank-you notes to the people working hard in our community.
15. Unable to go out and buy gifts like other years, upper school students donated 165 items off the St. Philip's Angel Tree list for children in Dallas.
16. Recognizing the blood shortages during the pandemic, Alex Aronowitz ’14 partnered with ESD’s Alumni Association to organize a COVID-19 relief blood drive on campus. Read the full story here.
17. When ESD's campus closed in March, SAGE donated unpackaged and unused food to Austin Street Shelter for their distribution.
18. When social distancing guidelines forced the cancellation of their prom, the Class of 2021 donated their funds to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Dallas Foundation COVID Relief Fund. Read the full story here.
19. Kate Battaglia ’23 spent the summer involved in a culvert-restoration project in Big Sky, Montana, as part of Trout Unlimited conservation efforts. Read the full story here.
20. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Slaton Strey ’24 repainted the sports parking lot at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, with the help of many scouting friends and family.
21. National Honor Society held their annual fall blood drive during Homecoming Week, getting 49 successful donations.