Construction begins on Fannin-Bonham relief school

The school will feature a theatrical auditorium, a central workroom and storeroom for teachers

Construction is underway for the new Dallas public school designed to relieve overcrowding at James Bonham and James Fannin elementaries.

Groundbreaking ceremonies at 1802 Moser, near the intersection of Henderson and Ross, were recently for the two-story, $11 million facility, which will open next fall. The school is part of the $275 million bond program approved by voters in December 1992. Approximately 950 students in grades four through six will attend the school.

The school will feature a theatrical auditorium, a central workroom and storeroom for teachers, a centralized media center, a gymnasium, a courtyard, and several outdoor playing fields.

The Dallas Board of Education is seeking names for this school and 19 other new facilities, including schools being built at La Vista and East Grand and at the old Health Magnet on Ross Avenue.

A community forum for the public to suggest names will be held in the Administration Building’s auditorium, 3700 Ross, on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Trustees will meet Oct. 10 and Oct. 26 to discuss the proposed names: they intend to approve a name Nov. 14.

For information, call the Administration Building at 989-8000.

News & Notes

PEGASUS VISITS NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS: Pegasus Theatre brought its children’s theater program to Dallas elementary schools last month free of charge with the support of the Exxon Corporation. In our neighborhood, the theater company visited Ignacio Zaragoza and James B. Bonham elementaries, where it performed “The Lost Treasure of Santa Ana.” Pegasus created its children’s program in 1991 to bring theater to students of all ethnic backgrounds. For information about the program, call Scott Latham at 821-6005.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EVENTS: The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA hosts its annual pumpkin carving party Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at 6656 Lakewood. The PTA’s general meeting is Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Lakewood Elementary, 3000 Hillbrook. For child care reservations, call Lori Tatum at 827-8283 by 10 a.m. on Oct. 17.

For information about the PTA, call Violet Deatherage at 821-6836.

DALLAS CAN! AWARDED FOR SERVICE: Dallas Can! Academy recently received three Outstanding Contractor Performance Awards for exceptional service from the Private Industry Council. The council is the largest provider of funds in Dallas County for educational and job training programs for economically disadvantaged residents. This is the fifth consecutive year Dallas Can! has won an award. Dallas Can! is an alternative school for dropouts and at-risk youth.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES: Stonewall Jackson Elementary, 5828 E. Mockingbird, is teaching a sign language class for beginners Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The class is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to make a small donation to the school. Classes began last month and will continue through November. Newcomers to the class are welcome until Oct. 4. Call the school at 841-5155 for information.

LEE HOSTS CARNIVAL: Robert E. Lee Elementary, 2911 Delmar, will host a neighborhood Halloween carnival Oct. 21 from 2-7 p.m. There will be a raffle and a pumpkin-decorating contest. Raffle prizes include airline tickets, a bicycle, a fitness club membership and brunch for two at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Students are selling tickets in our neighborhood. Call 841-5240 for information.


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