Frisco ISD Focus Magazine May 2018 - Page 49

Reedy High School freshman Emerson Palazzo (left) has a big heart for students with special needs. Inspired by friends with autism, she started researching the benefits of flexible seating in special education classrooms as part of seventh-grade class project. Three years later, she has collected nearly $3,200 and donated more than 350 yoga balls to 85 schools in Frisco and Plano ISDs. Around Frisco ISD Lebanon Trail High School students participate in the Adopt-a-Street program in Frisco in which residents agree to clean up a one-mile stretch of road. Members of the Lebanon Trail wrestling team did their part by cleaning up along Ohio Drive. MAKING AN IMPACT Frisco ISD schools give back to the community and world in many ways, large and small. A range of activities teach students the importance of service, citizenship and compassion for others. Here are just a few examples of how FISD students and staff are making a difference for worthy causes and people in need. Students at Purefoy Elementary participate in several kindness projects throughout the year. The campus collected nearly $11,000 and more than 400 books for DeQueen Elementary in Port Arthur, Texas, one of many schools hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. Sports teams throughout FISD often give back to the community by participating in service projects throughout the school year. The Liberty High School boys basketball team helped set up the pumpkin patch at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church. FOCUS | 49