TISD Students Raise $10,000 For Local Animal Shelter

In November 2023, a group of students from Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) tackled a noble purpose: the issue of stray animals in their city.
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In November 2023, a group of students from Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) tackled a noble purpose: the issue of stray animals in their city. These bright minds, known as the Lighthouse students, embarked on a mission to support the City of Texarkana, Texas, in upgrading its animal holding facility.

Brandy Dabenport, the coordinator of the Lighthouse program, said, “We cultivate leadership skills within our student body across all our campuses.”

On Monday, school officials proudly declared that these students had surpassed their fundraising goal, amassing over $10,000 for the facility upgrade. Reflecting on their achievement, Dabenport remarked, “Setting the bar at $10,000 was no small feat, but our students possess an incredible knack for rallying support and pushing towards their objectives.”

Among the exemplary students are Angel Venable and Jayden Manley from the high school campus. “Expanding the shelter space for these animals is truly gratifying, knowing it will significantly impact our community,” expressed Manley. Venable echoed this sentiment, adding, “It’s a meaningful initiative, and I’m eager to witness its positive ripple effect in our city.”

In a continued display of dedication, the Lighthouse students are organizing a pet adoption event on Saturday, April 27, at Texas High campus, located at 4001 Summerhill Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We hope that families visiting will find their perfect furry companion and provide a loving home,” Dabenport encouraged.

Manley emphasized the significance of their endeavor, stating, “Texarkana has a strong pet-loving community, and our contribution can foster a more favorable perception of our city.”

The city administration has allocated funds in its budget to facilitate the necessary upgrades to the animal holding facility.