Third-Annual Back To School Festival Focuses on Back to School Needs of Families in South Dallas

Volunteers from Nationstar Mortgage and Texas Instruments join For Oak Cliff and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to fuel effort 

DALLAS, TX (August 12, 2017) Back to school expenses can strain family budgets. To help offset costs for families in southern Dallas, volunteers will distribute free school supplies and other tools for educational success to Oak Cliff students on August 12 in Glendale Park at the third-annual For Oak Cliff Back to School Festival presented by Nationstar Mortgage and Texas Instruments.

The event, hosted by For Oak Cliff, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Dallas Park and Recreation, will distribute more than 2,000 backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies. Celanese Corporation and TXU Energy also sponsor the event.

“It’s important that students are prepared and have the supplies they need to return to school,” said Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO of Nationstar. “The Nationstar team is proud to support families in our community by helping local students start the school year right.”

The festival is open to the public and will feature the participation of community resource organizations as well as music, crafts, performances and much more. Free lunches will be provided. Local partners include For Oak Cliff, The Commit Partnership, the Park and Recreation Department, the City of Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks Foundation and Williams Chicken.

“Education has the ability to transform lives,” said Gabriel Flores, Vice President and Ethics Director, Texas Instruments. “At TI, we believe that businesses and communities should strive to remove as many barriers as possible by doing the little things like we are today. They add up for these kids.”

“For Oak Cliff wants every child to have the same accessibility and opportunity to a quality education,” said Taylor Toynes, Founder of For Oak Cliff. “We’re here to build strong communities in which we can connect, empower, and support students and families in Oak Cliff and all of Dallas.”

The most recent Huntington Backpack Index estimated parents can expect to pay $662 for each elementary school student, $1,001 for each middle school student and $1,489 for each high school student. The Index charted average costs of supplies, activity fees and other costs associated with preparing students for the 2017-18 school year. Such costs can create a financial hardship for many families with children in school.

“United Way is invested in education initiatives that will prepare North Texas students to graduate and succeed,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “But we can’t talk about graduating when we know some students will walk into the classroom unprepared. This event represents one important way we can help open the doors of opportunity to families in southern Dallas.”

About For Oak Cliff: For Oak Cliff’s mission is to provide culturally responsive programming to liberate South Oak Cliff from systemic oppression by creating a culture of education and improving social mobility and social capital. We are a collective impact organization focusing on education in South Oak Cliff and aim to serve several functions in the community, primarily: 1. To provide culturally responsive programming in response to community need and input, servicing educational, workforce, and nutritional needs. 2. To use community organizing techniques to bring community members together and take action on data-proven strategies that will have the greatest impact on the lives of residents. 3. Establish a safe- place “community hub” where residents, partners, and stakeholders can convene and receive/provide services right in the heart of the Super Block in Glendale Shopping Center.

About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas brings people together to improve lives and create lasting change here in North Texas by focusing on education, income, and health – the building blocks for strong families and thriving communities. We galvanize and connect all sectors of society – individuals, businesses, non-profits, and government – to create long-term change through investing in solutions that produce healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families. We raise, invest and leverage over $50M annually in community-focused solutions serving Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. We do more than help one person beat the odds – we are changing the odds for entire communities. Together, we UNITE FOREVER. To learn more, please visit

About Texas Instruments: Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at

About Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc.: Based in Dallas, Texas, Nationstar provides quality servicing, origination and transaction based services related principally to single-family residences throughout the United States. Additional corporate information is available in the Shareholder Relations section  of