For the fourth straight year, generous Texas School trustees, students and instructors chose to support Operations Smile, the charitable partner of PPA Charities, during the April 28-May 3 school session. Spearheaded by an outstanding donation of $5,000 from the Texas School itself, headed by Don Dixon, who also serves as PPA’s chairman of the board, instructors and students challenged each other to give as much as they can to help Operation Smile carry out its important work around the world. Altogether, the Texas School donation for the 2012 school session totaled a record-breaking $25,600!
Because Operation Smile medical and support personnel donate their time, it costs only $240 to provide the gift of life-changing surgery to a deserving child. When adding this year’s Texas School donation to those of the previous three years, this means that Texas School students, instructors, and directors have donated a total of $87,669 to Operation Smile and therefore are responsible for saving 365 precious smiles!
The top student donation of $2,100 was made by attendees of the class taught by Greg and Lesa Daniel, and the following classes donated $1,000 or more: Doug Box and Randy Kerr, Kay Eskridge, Mary Fisk-Taylor and Jamie Hayes, Julie Klaasmeyer, Richard Sturdevant, Michael and Tina Timmons, Janice Wendt, and David Ziser.