United Way Volunteers Work to Improve Health for Students in Southern Dallas | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

United Way Volunteers Work to Improve Health for Students in Southern Dallas

DALLAS, TX – (October 13, 2018) In an effort to support student health and wellness, volunteers are uniting to create a healthier school environment for youth in Southern Dallas, helping them build a strong foundation for lifelong success.  United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is hosting ‘Tailgate to Do Great,’ presented by Mr. Cooper, at O.W. Holmes Humanities and Communications Academy, on Saturday, October 13.  The event is designed to encourage student fitness and enhance learning, giving children the chance for a healthier, brighter tomorrow.

More than 150 volunteers from Mr. Cooper, Texas Instruments and TXU Energy will work alongside middle school students to update indoor and outdoor spaces used for sports and recess, remodel the counselor’s office, organize the school bookstore and beautify an outdoor garden area.  As children spend many of their waking hours in school, the project aims to create a health-conscious school environment to encourage healthy habits for both body and mind, so they can thrive, learn and succeed.  The event will culminate in a tailgate cookout with volunteers, school faculty and students.


“The Mr. Cooper team is proud to partner with United Way to help build happy and healthy school environments so students feel good and are ready to learn,” said Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO of Mr. Cooper Group Inc. “Our efforts are designed to encourage students, parents, teachers and community members toward better fitness and nutrition, for healthier bodies and minds.”

Specific volunteer projects include: painting the gym locker room floor and blacktop basketball courts, beautifying the counselor’s office with vision boards and inspirational quotes, and constructing and painting picnic tables for a school garden.  Activities are intended to encourage students to live, healthy productive lives. Studies document healthy students are more likely to attend school, are better able to focus in class, and ultimately earn better grades.

“United Way and its corporate partners are committed to inspiring, equipping and empowering students to live active, healthy lives,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Health is an integral part of excellence in education.  By mobilizing volunteers to create healthy school environments, we are eliminating health disparities and closing the achievement gap, offering all North Texas students the chance to thrive.”

O.W. Holmes Humanities and Communications Academy is recognized as a Healthy Zone School campus. A partnership between United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and The Cooper InstituteÒ, the Healthy Zone School program is designed to help students improve their fitness levels while developing healthy, sustainable habits they can carry into adulthood.  The wellness initiative provides schools with resources and funding to engage teachers, students, and parents to create a culture of health.  Since its inception in 2011, the Healthy Zone program has positively impacted more than 109,000 North Texas students in 177 schools across eighteen school districts.  By the end of the 2018-2019 school year, more than 145,000 students will be impacted by the program, building a healthier generation.

The ‘Tailgate to Do Great’ effort is part of United Way’s Grow South, Grow Strong initiative in partnership with Celanese Corporation, supporting students and families in the city’s southern sector through targeted programs, workshops and events.  The program serves children and families in the Roosevelt High School feeder pattern, engaging the community and corporations to address the area’s biggest challenges and capitalize on its biggest opportunities.


About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas:  United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based non-profit organization that treats 360 degrees of need. For over 90 years, we have brought people and resources together to fight complex social problems by surrounding North Texas with efficient, impactful solutions. Since 2011, we’ve invested more than $147M in 200+ local programs that tackle issues across health, education and income, the essential components of a thriving community. We encourage North Texans to get involved by giving, volunteering or advocating and helping lift up those in need now and in the future. United, we help those who want to do good, do great. Learn more at www.unitedwaydallas.org.

About Mr. Cooper:  Mr. Cooper is the consumer brand for the mortgage servicing and originations operation of Mr. Cooper Group Inc. (NASDAQ: COOP). Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Cooper is one of the largest home loan servicers in the country focused on delivering a variety of servicing and lending products, services and technologies to make the home loan process more rewarding and less worrisome. Please visit www.mrcooper.com for the latest news and information.

This article was published on: Oct 12, 2018