Local Lions Club Provides Enrichment Opportunities for Students

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With a motto of “We Serve,” the Duncanville Lions Club is doing just that by helping Duncanville ISD students prepare for their futures. Third graders were recently asked to think about what they want to be when they grow up, as part of the Club’s annual Literacy Fair. High school students were also given an opportunity to practice their communication skills during a speech contest.

The Literacy Fair is a collaborative effort between the Duncanville Lions Club and Duncanville ISD. Every third grade student participates, writing a response and illustrating the topic, “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.” Classroom teachers then select one winner from each homeroom, and approximately five from each campus advance to district competition. This year’s district judges were Norma Flatt, Mike McKeever, Mike Chrietzberg, Carla Fahey, Don McBurnett, Leon Miller, Lois Webb, and Janice Savage-Martin. Some of the career topics included paleontologist, dentist, veterinarian, author, teacher, doctor, and rock star. The list of campus winners is below.

  • Acton – Samantha Jimenez
  • Alexander – Areli Mejia
  • Bilhartz – Iliana Alvarado
  • Central – Hailey Hitt
  • Fairmeadows – Karen Rios
  • Hastings – Mattea McBroom
  • Hyman – Bailey Manning
  • Merrifield – Leslie Acuna
  • Smith – Caleb Bowman

This was the first year for Duncanville High School students to participate in the Lions Club District 2x-1 Drug Awareness Speech contest. Communication Applications teacher Brian Duncan encouraged their participation to allow them to gain experience outside of the classroom. “It’s always fun to test yourself in contest to see how much you know and what you need to improve on,” he said. “Plus, these are seniors, and in a few months, they will need to know how to express themselves effectively without aid from parents and teachers.”

With a topic of “Criminalization or Rehabilitation,” contest winner Esther Padgett said she got her inspiration from a boy she met in a hospital. “He overdosed on meth, and I met him right around the time that Mr. Duncan was talking about the contest. I believe that everything happens for a reason. After I got home, my hand just started writing.” Leslie Reyes was the Lions Club’s second place winner, and both were recognized at the March Board of Trustee meeting (pictured above). Padgett advanced to competition with the winners from surrounding cities, but was edged out by a student from Midlothian ISD. “It took a lot of courage to do what they did, and in my opinion, Esther and Leslie are both winners,” commented Duncan. “Seeing them from their first presentation in my class to the contest, I’m truly proud. I have no doubt that they will be successful in life. Who knows – maybe one day I will be teaching my students about them.”