Mi Escuelita holds Annual Dinner

...Dr. Michael Hinojosa, General Superintendent DISD, to be keynote speaker

Dallas, Texas – Mi Escuelita will host an annual dinner at the Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Reunion Blvd., Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A silent auction and reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Dr. Michel Hinojosa, General Superintendent, DISD is the keynote speaker. Tom Crespo, WB33 News at Nine, is the Master of Ceremonies.

The Mi Escuelita Annual Dinner is an event dedicated to increasing awareness for early childhood education and to announce the creation of The Carolyn Strickland Education Fund. Proceeds from the dinner will be used towards scholarships benefiting Mi Escuelita students.

Each year, hundreds of children enter the doors of Mi Escuelita ready to learn and discover the joy of reading and language. These children face incredible challenges and at Mi Escuelita we provide them with the skills they will need to truly succeed in the future. The dinner allows Mi Escuelita to provide scholarship support for these children and to celebrate their success. This year, we are honoring the co-founder of Mi Escuelita, Ms. Carolyn Strickland. Her unselfish dedication to the children of Dallas has changed the lives of thousands of children and the way early childhood education is perceived. Without Carolyn, there would be no Mi Escuelita today.

Mi Escuelita dinner major sponsors, include: Comerica, Texas Instruments, and Bank of America.

Individual dinner tickets are $75. A Corporate Table for 10 is $1,000. To purchase a ticket or for more information please call (214) 526-0220, or visit www.miescuelita.org.

Dinner Highlights:

Keynote address by Dr. Michael Hinojosa, General Superintendent, DISD

Presentation of Mi Escuelita College Scholarship, sponsored by Verizon Hispanic Support Organization

Presentation of “Mi Escuelita Exceptional Teacher Award”

Introduction of the Carolyn Strickland Education fund

Entertainment provided by Norma Valles

Mi Escuelita Preschool is an early childhood program dedicated to teaching English and developing early learning skills to at-risk children of all cultures for preparation toward a successful school experience. Mi Escuelita has grown from 20 students in 1978 to 440 students today. There are currently seven locations in Dallas serving children of all cultures with an eighth location opening in the fall of 2006.

Mi Escuelita is a delegate agency with Head Start of Greater Dallas. It is affiliated with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Child Care Group and Educational First Steps, and is a nationally accredited program by NAEYC.