Dunbar Pre-K hosts open house

Submitted photo • Paul Laurence Dunbar Early Education Center students perform for parents and members of the community during an open house Thursday. They are, foreground, Le’Anthony Rayfield and Treven Smith; back row, Shaniya Miller, Brooklyn Berlin and Kemario Mixon.

Texarkana, U.S.A. – Tuesday, October 29, 2013

By: Brenda Brown

Texarkana, Texas, Independent School District on Thursday showed parents, guardians and community members how their Paul Laurence Dunbar Early Education Center campus has been transformed to provide students with a great start to their education.

“As the state of Texas continues to increase the standards and rigor expected of students, TISD felt it was important to realign three of our elementary campuses to provide the best possible instructional environment for students,” TISD Superintendent Paul Norton said about the open house. “In March 2013, our Board of Trustees approved the realignment, as well as the development of a new attendance zone, and all was effective for the 2013-14 school year.”

Today, students in the respective attendance zones attend Dunbar Early Education Center for prekindergarten and transition to Theron Jones Early Literacy Center for grades kindergarten through second, and then on to Westlawn Elementary for grades three through five.

Norton said research shows a high-quality prekindergarten program has a lasting effect on a child’s success in both school and life.

“Not only are we creating a rich literacy environment within the curriculum, but also in print by displaying the printed words and pictures throughout the campus,” he said. “From numbers, letters and words to sequencing and shapes, we want every moment that our students are here to be a learning opportunity.”

Also included in the realignment and attendance-zone approval was the restoration of the Dunbar campus name back to that of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the original name of the school in 1953-68.