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100-Student Science Project at Dallas Academy Wins EarthX Award

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In October 2018, Dallas Academy was awarded a $30,000 Constellation E2 Energy to Educate grant, designed to inspire students to think differently about energy.

Led by science teachers Darren Carollo and Ana Smith, the grant-funded project involved 100 students building a fully operational carbon-positive model home with smart glass windows, a ducted HVAC system with thermo electric coolers, solar panels, wind turbines, a green roof, solar tubes, geothermal floors, and other systems to ensure the house uses less energy than it generates.

The team from Dallas Academy — a private school serving students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, autism, and ADHD — beat out other public and private high schools across the city to win the top award at the EarthX exposition in April 2019.

Sensory-Friendly Initiative at Dallas Children's Theater

Through grants from the Doris Duke Foundation, Theater Commuications Group, and Crystal Charity Ball, Dallas Children's Theater has partnered with children’s theaters in Nashville and Orlando, along with North Texas experts in the fields of autism and developmental disabilities, to develop an inclusive, responsive, and welcoming program for children with with developmental disabilities.

Over the past five years, Dallas Children’s Theater has provided adapted theater experiences to more than 9,000 children and families with autism and others who need a more relaxed, comforting environment. Each year, the initiative meets or exceeds its goals and objectives for children's comfort during the performance, children interacting with a person they didn't know, and children learning and growing.

The Blue Pegasus Players drama classes offer a specialized class experience for students with sensory processing differences and those who want to learn from and support them. The generous grants allows the program to offer students one-on-one support when needed. The program meets or exceeds goals and objectives, including increased understanding of basic emotions and interaction with others.

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