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Southern Dallas Tutoring Service to Honor Different Kind of Star

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Dallas South News' own Nature Sargent (R)

On the eve of The Oscars, Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute is rolling out the red carpet–not for this year’s A-list actors and actresses, but in celebration of those in the Dallas community supporting the city’s next generation of superstars.

On Feb. 25, families draped in semi-formal gowns and suits will enjoy brunch at the Tower Club over the words of James “Bird” Guess, a motivational speaker whose dreams of playing professional basketball withered and took the self-made millionaire on a journey through the jaws of homelessness after high school.

The Ball will honor the works of Concord Church and Mountain View College, two of Beacon Hill’s partners in bringing much-needed math and reading tutoring south of the Trinity. Afterwards, attendees will witness a performance by the renowned Dallas Black Dance Theatre as part of the troupe’s much-anticipated Cultural Awareness Series.

But the Scholarship Ball is not solely a celebration. No beautiful décor, sumptuous plate or lavish venue can hide the harrowing reality of soaring class sizes, rising teacher workloads, and withering state and federal funding for local school districts. All paint a slim chance of success for the struggling public school student lacking access to tutoring or other avenues of supplemental education.

The Ball will begin with a silent auction featuring items including a Red Tails poster signed by Tuskegee Airmen, a signed and numbered print from local artist Arthello Beck, a makeup party pack for six at The Red Door, a Dallas Stars-signed hockey stick, a weekend stay at the Fairmont Hotel, tickets for a flight anywhere in the continental U.S. and much more to raise funds for “Each One, Teach One” Scholarships” that help economically disadvantaged students receive the tutoring they need.  Beacon Hill Prep President and Co-Founder Charnella Derry hopes to use the Ball’s proceeds to fund scholarships for 50 students.

“It has always been our desire to be able to offer this program to every child who wants it and will stay committed to it,” Derry stated.

For more information about the Ball, please visit our Website Home.

About the Speaker

James Bird Guess

James “Bird” Guess was honored as one of The Texas Legislative Black Caucus’ “African American Leaders Under 40 Across Texas” and has been voted “Most Outstanding Speaker” at the University of Texas at Dallas. He authored How I Made a Quarter Million Dollar$ From the Trunk of My Car and founded JBG International Success Academy, a personal development training and research company.

“When I was homeless and my car finally got repossessed, I would catch the bus to book stores like Barnes and Noble and I would stay there all day reading their books for free. It was during those moments of desperate learning when I realized that education was the prerequisite for all success.”

About Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute

Beacon Hill is a nonprofit, accelerated math and reading program committed to helping studentsCatch up, Keep up and Stay ahead, both in and out of the classroom. Since Beacon Hill’s inception in 2003, we have delivered 540 courses to 258 students for over 18 semesters.

All (100%) of our public school students passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test the first time after being with our program for less than a year.

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