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Mesquite ISD KARES

KARESIn an effort to enrich the culture of our district – and eventually our entire community – Mesquite ISD launched a new initiative in August of 2011 called our “culture of kindness campaign.”  The district kicked off this campaign by welcoming representatives from Rachel’s Challenge to speak to all staff members at the start of the 2011-12 school year.  The presentation was designed to inspire and challenge staff members to keep kindness to others at forefront throughout the year.  And our employees responded overwhelmingly in countless ways.

Tell us how you're spreading kindness.


First District Scholar Dollars Campaign Gets Good Grade Published: 05/27/2014

Scholar DollarsNow that the first Scholar Dollars Campaign ended, MISD is pleased to share some positive results. This fundraising effort to pay AP exam fees for economically disadvantaged students raised $2,365. This total will be distributed to benefit students on all five high school campuses.

Overall, the generous donations from the Mesquite community are enabling students across our district to take nearly 160 AP exams. Some students take multiple AP exams, so test taking can be cost prohibitive. But through Scholar Dollars, more students are able to reap the full potential of their AP class by taking the end-of-the-year AP exam.

If a student scores well on this comprehensive test, he or she can earn college credit. So what a great savings AP exams can offer! Thanks to our community for supporting another great program made possible by the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation.

John Horn Students Raise $2,000 for Go Red Campaign Published: 02/25/2014

Horn Go Red CampaignJohn Horn students raised $2,000 for the recent Go Red Campaign. Mesquite was the first city in America to "go red."

Mesquite ISD is consistently a top supporter in all of North Texas for this important campaign, said Mona Lincoln, Mesquite ISD's administrative officer for special services. "We're proud to promote heart disease prevention, especially since heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States," she said.

Horn students, backed by leadership from Bruce Perkins, their principal, really embraced Go Red this year, said Lincoln. "They sold T-shirts and collected change among other fundraising tactics. We've never seen students support Go Red like this before."

Random Act of Kindness Published: 10/10/2013

I wanted to let you guys know about a random act of kindness I saw this morning. A woman and her son were pulled over on the shoulder on Davis outside of Mesquite High. It looked like they had a flat tire. I was going to pull over to help them but some guys in a MISD truck beat me too it. They were dressed in all white so I think they were painters for the district. Those guys could have easily kept driving and no one would have given it a second thought but they chose to help.


Mesquite High School Cheerleaders
Volunteer at Relay for Life

Cheer Relay for LifeMesquite High School cheerleaders volunteered at the recent Relay for Life at Berry Middle School.
"It was an awesome experience," said Keli Gentry, the squad's head cheer coach.

The American Cancer Society will use funds raised to make progress toward a future without cancer.

Ms. Starrett and Ms. Gentry,
My husband, daughter and I are all MHS alumni. I am also a cancer survivor and a participant in Saturday night's American Cancer Society Relay for Life. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the MHS cheerleaders being at and supporting this event. I loved going through the "tunnel" after the survivors' dinner. These girls were enthusiastic, supportive and very polite. Their smiles helped brighten the evening. It makes by husband and I even prouder to be MHS alumni.

Thank you so much for your support. Please tell these young ladies how much their participation meant not only to me and my husband but to all the other participants as well.

Jenny Golden

Horn Baseball Team Gives Back By Volunteering at Sharing Life

Horn Baseball Team Gives Back By Volunteering at Sharing LifeThe Horn Baseball Team recently peformed community service at Sharing Life, a non-profit community service provider. The team was charged with the task of cleaning up the property from trash and debris. "It was a chance for our kids to give back, and they embraced it whole-heartedly," said Coach Jay Sheets.

Shands Elementary Students Send Thank-You Notes to Mesquite Police

Mesquite Police DepartmentDear Brandi Lewis:
The members of the Mesquite Police Department thank you for the cards from the Shands Elementary Students. Each officer received one in their mailbox and read them in squad meeting before they started their shift. The cards served as a reminder of all the precious reasons why we continue to fight the good fight. I know every officer feels the same way. Thank the students on our behalf and let them know we appreciate every card we received.

Derek Rohde - Chief of Police
Mesquite Police Department

Nearly $15,000 Donated by Mesquite ISD
Campuses During Holiday Cheer Donation Week

All Mesquite ISD campuses recently participated in Mesquite ISD’s annual Holiday Cheer Donation Week to aid in holiday support for the families in our community. Each campus designated a service project during the week of November 5-9 and emphasized the connection to K.A.R.E.S. (Kindness, Acceptance, Respect, Empathy, and Service) in support of our district’s kindness initiative. 

These service projects included food, money, clothing and toy donations, along with adopting angels from Mesquite Social Services, said Administrative Officer for Instruction Debbie Shewmake.  “Four organizations—Mesquite Social Services, MISD Clothes Closet, Sharing Life and Balch Springs Fire Department—benefitted from the generosity of our students and staff,” she said.

Mesquite Social Services
Money Donation
Toy Donation
Clothing Donation
Food Donation
Angels Adopted 
175 items
1108 items
27,678 pounds
Sharing Life Community Outreach
Food Donation
Money Donation
1,906 items
MISD Clothes Closet 
Money Donation $2,256.66
Balch Springs Fire Department
Food Donation 1,000 items

MISD Honors Military VeteransMISD Honoring Graduates with Military Service
With Tributes, Breakfast & Luncheon for Employees

In honor of Veterans Day, MISD created tributes to alumni with military service and will host a breakfast or luncheon for current employees, said Communications Coordinator Allison Lewallyn.

“Veterans’ sacrifices and bravery are deeply appreciated,” she said.

After airing at a football game, each video will be posted on Mesquite ISD's YouTube channel.