Dallas Criminal Justice Club Gets into Character to Give Back

Contributed by Dr. Catina Hightower, DM, Criminal Justice Instructor

L to R: Mischaelle Rodriguez (Adele), Daisy Jones (Janet Jackson), and Sel-Metria Shields (Madea).

L to R: Mischaelle Rodriguez (Adele), Daisy Jones (Janet Jackson), and Sel-Metria Shields (Madea).

The Criminal Justice Club students at our Dallas Campus continue to give back to their community while creating college memories as they raise funds for their annual “Back-2-School Bash.”

In the past, the club has sponsored events like car washes. This year, however, due to local water restrictions, fundraising efforts had to be a bit more creative. But students were up for the challenge. They embraced Criminal Justice Instructor Dr. Catina Hightower’s idea of “Dress Like a Celebrity Day” and jumped at the opportunity to get people at the Campus talking about the purpose for the bash and interested in contributing to their efforts.

Thanks to the generous contributions of faculty, staff, students, and others, more than $1,500 was raised. This number also included a $300 contribution from a nearby Dallas-area Walmart after CJ student Sel-Metria Shields contacted the company and explained the purpose of the event.

On Saturday, August 23, the three-hour “Back-2-School Bash” was held at Audubon Park, 342 W. Oates Street in Garland, Texas. School-aged children in attendance with their families were treated to free school supplies, food, face painting, and games. Dr. Hightower estimated that about 250 people attended the event and added, “This is something our students get excited about every single year, and each year, the turnout is better than the last.”

We salute the Dallas Campus CJ Club on their ingenuity in helping to raise funds for a great cause, and on their continued efforts to help families and children as they prepared for the start of a new school year in the Dallas area.

Filed in: Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Associate's, Dallas, Recent News

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