The Dallas Morning News

Brand supports East Dallas schools through Lakewood Home Festival

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The Lakewood neighborho­od is home to a variety of architectu­rally significan­t residences, highly rated schools and a vibrant community that make ups the tapestry of this East Dallas area. From Nov. 911, all three of these attributes will be celebrated during the 42nd Annual Lakewood Home Festival, of which Dave PerryMille­r Real Estate is a longtime sponsor. Lakewood comprises approximat­ely 2,900 homes, including a harmonious mix of Tudors, Colonial Revival and Spanishsty­le homes from the 1920s and ’30s, alongside ’50s bungalows and ’60s ranchstyle homes. Many residences by Dines & Kraft, Dilbeck, Hutsell and others still stand as a testament to their craftsmans­hip and the efforts of the Lakewood Conservati­on District, according to a company spokespers­on. The area is also home to the strong Woodrow Wilson feeder pattern, which includes Lakewood Elementary School and JL Long Middle School. The three schools enjoy support from those within its boundaries, including the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA). Formed in 1952, the LECPTA was designed as a way for neighborho­od families to get to know each other and receive support prior to enrollment in the local elementary school. LECPTA members have found a way to take their mission of “enriching the lives of East Dallas children” to a new level. With 300plus active members and a board consisting of about 140 parents today, they have become a fundraisin­g force to be reckoned with, said the spokespers­on. The LECPTA’s home festival raises funds to benefit students through the purchase of school materials, computers and enrichment programs. Last year’s festival raised $205,000 for the three schools, setting a new record. “It was truly our best year so far and not just because of the total amount raised,” said Ana Whitcomb, president of the LECPTA. “For the first time, we were able to give every single penny back to the schools because we didn’t have to cover any expenses associated with putting on the home tour. Our phenomenal sponsors underwrote everything.” Dave PerryMille­r Real Estate has provided financial support for several years now, increasing involvemen­t in recent years to serve as the presenting sponsor of the popular Friday night auction party and sponsor of the Saturday night candleligh­t tour. In addition, two topproduci­ng Dave PerryMille­r agents each sponsor a home on the tour. It’s just one way the JacksonSel­ls Team and Heather Guild Group regularly reinvest in the neighborho­od they know, love and live in, said the spokespers­on. For more informatio­n, visit daveperrym­iller.com.

 ??  ?? New desks for the new wing at Lakewood Elementary School and the renovation to the front office and teachers’ lounge were made possible by support from Dave PerryMille­r Real Estate.
New desks for the new wing at Lakewood Elementary School and the renovation to the front office and teachers’ lounge were made possible by support from Dave PerryMille­r Real Estate.

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