Regina Nippert, the Executive Director of SMU’s Budd Center gave Mayor’s Star Council Class 7 these words as a parting charge from October’s Corporate meeting on the topic of Education. It seems to be fitting that this year’s Mayor Star Council’s journey starts with Education which, in so many ways, is the foundation on which the future of our city is built.


Our panel for the Corporate Learn event included experts from all corners of the education landscape in Dallas. The panel itself was moderated by Mayor’s Star Council alum, current Dallas ISD school board trustee, and Executive Director of the Latino Center for Leadership Development, Miguel Solis. He led a panel comprised of representatives from charter schools, Dallas ISD, Dallas After School, higher education, and advocacy group Dallas Kids First. We covered the difference between public charter schools and public district schools, we dove into the struggles and success of engaging larger community organizations and businesses in local schools and explored the enormous impact that November’s vote will have on public education in Dallas with regard to Propositions A-D. At the end of the event, each of the guests gave the Mayor’s Star Council Class 7 a charge. Below are some of the charges that resonated.

  • Get out and visit your local schools and see how you can get involved with them, even if you don’t have a child who goes to that school.

  • Continue the conversations about education in the wider community; don’t let the conversations stop in the Corporate meetings.

  • Vote! Vote! Vote!

  • Don’t make service something you do. Make service a way of life.

Mayor’s Star Council Class 7 took that last charge to heart and volunteered with Dallas After School on the October 25 during the Lights on Afterschool event. Students from three local Dallas ISD elementary schools descended on the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, where they released some energy in a Zumba class and then learned about renewable energy by building balloon-powered cars and rubber band powered catapults. The event served as a reminder to take this service to heart and get out and find other ways to get involved in our local schools. 

To top off a great month of exploring education, there was an early voting location inside the library where our service event took place! Needless to say, many members of MSC #Class7Up exercised their civic right and took full advantage of getting out to vote!

We sincerely hope you do too!