When social distancing guidelines forced the cancellation of their prom, instead of mourning the loss of an end-of-year tradition, members of the Class of 2021 stepped into action. Leaders from the class wanted to use those funds to benefit two causes of import to their peers. Students decided to split their donations between two organizations: as such, two donations of $2,500 each were made on behalf of the class of 2021 today to NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Dallas Foundation COVID Relief Fund.
"While we all would’ve loved a prom this year, its cancelation allowed us, the rising senior class, an opportunity to take a step back and recognize not only our blessings but our hardships we all face. The COVID-19 epidemic and the murder of George Floyd both have shed light on the suffering and injustices members of our community face," explains Lucy Sinwell '21. "We as a class decided to donate our original prom funds to two organizations we feel benefit our community at ESD and the greater Dallas area. We chose the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund because of their unrelenting support in fighting for racial justice, defending human rights, and empowering new generations. We chose the Dallas Foundation COVID Relief Fund because of their charitable work in response to the current crisis affecting many families in Dallas. We are very grateful to have this chance to support these two amazing organizations."
We are proud of the leadership and initiative of these students. Thank you for your dedication to our community and beyond, Eagles!