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A classroom at Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas was transformed into "Precinct 3W" on Tuesday November 4 as students in second through fifth grades at the school participated in a mock election.

"Prior to this event, our third and fourth grade students learned election terms and completed mock voter registration forms," explained Faith Lutheran School teacher Cheryl Wildauer, who organized the event.  "Students then learned about various jobs that occur at the polls."

During the classroom election, students carried about their civic responsibility by voting via secret ballot on various student-suggested questions in the form of propositions, which were answered with a yes or no vote. 

In addition, students took turns assuming various jobs at the polling precinct. At the completion of the election, votes were carefully counted by a select group of students, the results were notarized, and the election was declared valid and binding.

"These young students have been learning about the three branches of the federal government and the U.S. Constitutional requirements for elected office," said Wildauer.  "This included following the pathway from declaring candidacy to nomination at convention, to the rigorous campaign train, to the actual election day. This event is always greatly enjoyed by our students and is a great way to teach them about the voting process, and that voting is both a right and a privilege for a U.S. citizen."

About Faith Lutheran School
In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.   School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.

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Farmers, mice, fairies and superheros gathered at Faith Lutheran School in Plano on Friday, October 31 for the school's annual Treat N Feast Fall Festival.

"This event is not only one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, it's also a great opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to gather with friends, family, neighbors and the community for a fun, family event that is enjoyed by all," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen Kieser of Plano

The event featured a bounce house, obstacle course, fair-type foods, a cake walk, carnival games and more. 

Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano.  For more information, please call 972.423.7448 or visit www.flsplano.org

About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.  School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. recently announced the release of the book "Plano's Historic Cemeteries." The group conducted at book signing and "meet and greet" event on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 2201 Preston Road in Plano to celebrate the book release.

"This book gives us the opportunity to tell the story of many of the beautiful and fascinating cemeteries in this area, all of which are rich in history and have many intriguing stories associated with them," said The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Co-Director Russell C. Kissick.  "Through this book, our team was able to capture and record many little-known and well-known details about some of our area's cemeteries and to provide additional insightful information about the history of Plano and the surrounding areas."

The book was authored by Jeffrey Campbell of McKinney, Candace Fountoulakis of Plano and Kirby Stokes of Allen for The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. The book was published by Arcadia Publishing.

"Plano's Historic Cemeteries" is available via www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and at select area retailers.

From the publisher:

The cemeteries of Plano are celebrated in a stunning pictorial book commemorating the unique history. Plano’s Historic Cemeteries is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series by the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. The book showcases more than 200 images of the town’s cemeteries.

Highlights from Plano’s Historic Cemeteries include:

·    Touching stories of the area's first pioneer settlers.
·    The Majority of the images have been donated by private collections housed in Plano’s Public Libraries.
·    Showcases how cemeteries are affected and can benefit from urbanization.
·    Connections to current families and family farms and businesses.
·    Highlights community efforts of coming together to achieve goals.

The Plano of today would not be recognizable to the pioneers who settled this section of the blackland prairie. Arriving in the early 1840s, these colonists from Tennessee and Kentucky were captivated by Sam Houston’s stump speeches about the rich, fertile farmland of North Texas. All of their frontier cemeteries, large and small, are now surrounded by golf courses, subdivisions, and commercial development. The final resting places of Plano’s pioneers still exist because of the hard work of cemetery associations, civic groups, concerned citizens, the City of Plano Parks Department, and the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation. These silent spaces hold a wealth of history that helps tell the story of Plano’s beginnings as a rural farming community.

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation has been zealous in its years of service, preserving the history and heritage of Plano, Texas. The conservancy has made cemetery preservation a cornerstone of its work. Images of America: Plano’s Historic Cemeteries features images from the conservancy’s expansive archives, along with the City of Plano’s Haggard Library and other local collections.

Jeffrey C. Campbell is the co-director for the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. He has a degree in heritage resources with a concentration in historic preservation from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He has worked on historic preservation projects in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. He is also a published folk poet and writes a column for Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for Regional Heritage Research. He lives in McKinney, Texas, with his wife.

Candace Fountoulakis is a long-time volunteer within Plano with a focus on historic cemeteries. A native of Nebraska, Candace “came to Texas as fast as she could” and lives in Plano with her husband Mike and Cairn terrier Koa. A member of the Plano Garden Club, Candace collects old varieties of iris and enjoys antique roses and native plants of Texas. She serves on the board of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. as well as the Young Family Cemetery Association and Plano Old City Cemetery Association.

Kirby Stokes is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing her graduate degree in history. She was raised in north Dallas and currently resides in Allen, Texas. She lives with her wonderful husband Alex Lindsey and their rambunctious dog Marley.

About the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.:
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., a Texas corporation 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is an organization dedicated to promote civic pride in the past, to increase preservation awareness through education and public outreach, and to provide financial assistance to protect and preserve our heritage resources for this and future generations. For more information, please visit www.planoconservancy.org or call 972-941-2117. 

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Recently, historic cemetery preservation efforts in the City of Plano have been gaining the attention of many.  There are several groups focused on preserving and restoring the area's many historic cemeteries of many sizes.  Whether those hard at work are relatives or those buried there, or just individuals interested in preserving history, there are many working in Plano and beyond to ensure that these cemeteries will exist for future generations.

Earlier this year, the Collinsworth Family Cemetery Association celebrated the designation of the cemetery site as a historic Texas cemetery, and a historic marker was placed detailing that designation. Since that time, the group has continued to work to preserve and protect the tiny cemetery, which is tucked into a west Plano neighborhood.

"The Collinsworth Cemetery is a family project of Kathy and Greg Nelson, and their son, Kevin," said Charlotte Carpenter Johnson, who is extensively involved in preserving Collinsworth Cemetery and has relatives buried there. "They have loved and protected it for a number of years by cleaning the stones, planting and watering the grass and flowers. Kathy Nelson is on the Board of the Preston Lakes HOA and the Collinsworth Cemetery Board.  The Nelson family recently made a generous donation to the 501©3 Collinsworth Family Cemetery Association.  This donation has funded perpetual maintenance, pest control, restoration, stabilization and cleaning of all markers, plus a new marker for known unmarked graves.” 

The Collinsworth Cemetery is located within the Preston Lakes community. 

Recently, the cemetery stone restoration project was completed, and the new unmarked graves memorial was placed at the site, recognizing the many buried there for whom no grave stones have been located.  The project was completed with the assistance of Vandagriff Monument Company of Sherman, Texas.

"Even in the midst of Jim Vandagriff’s serious illness, his company crew evaluated, reset, and cleaned all the grave markers," said Johnson.  "They are upright, standing tall and straight with pride.  The Farwick and Lucy Collinsworth marker was moved away from a large tree and reassembled onto its base.  Another monument was too fragile for complete reassembly, but was set in concrete for stability.  A name was added to a flat marker and placed next its corresponding stone with the top missing.  The cleaning process is gradual and the stones should appear cleaner each time you come back for a visit over the coming months."  

All cemetery stones received cleaning and maintenance except one marked "Lil Albert." This marker is made of fragile, homemade, concrete and was determined to be beyond repair. 

Concrete pads were also poured to stabilize two benches in the cemetery, which were donated by Betty Fulbright last year.  The cemetery's back fence has also been reworked to allow heavy equipment access in the future when needed.

Planned future Collinsworth Cemetery projects include removing three trees on the property that have died. The cemetery association plans to plans some new trees on the property in the fall. 

The Collinsworth Family Cemetery Association board of directors includes Kathy Nelson, Debra Fulbright Kitchens, Betty Fulbright, Candace Fountoulakis, and Charlotte Johnson.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/CollinsworthFamilyCemeteryPlanoTX/      

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On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Plano's Bob Woodruff Park was filled with pint-sized explorers, budding artists and junior archaeologists...all visiting the park for this year's Archaeology Fair, an annual event sponsored by The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. and Versar, Inc.

"This free event is always great fun for all involved. Children, parents, grandparents, volunteers and educators enjoyed a day full of unique learning opportunities," said Plano Conservancy Co-Director Russell C. Kissick of Plano. "This event is a wonderful learning experience and features fun for the whole family."

The fair featured a variety of activities and exhibits including rock painting, atlatl throw, corn husk doll creation, face painting, a petroglyph site, a pictograph wall, a geological creek walk, and more.

"Our guests had the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, enjoy the Native American Bearclaw singers and dancers, see a variety of exhibits and demonstrations and much more," Kissick added.

About the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., a Texas corporation 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is an organization dedicated to
promote civic pride in the past, to increase preservation awareness through education and public outreach, and to provide financial
assistance to protect and preserve our heritage resources for this and future generations. For more information, please visit
www.planoconservancy.org or call 972-941-2117.


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Faith Lutheran School of Plano will host the school's annual Treat N Feast Fall Festival on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 5 - 9 p.m.

Farmers, mice, fairies and superheros will gather at Faith Lutheran School on Friday, October 31 for the school's annual Treat N Feast Fall Festival. The event will feature a bounce house, fair-type foods, a cake walk, carnival games and more.  Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano.  Tickets can be purchased at the door to be used in exchange for food and games. For more information, please call 972.423.7448 or visit www.flsplano.org

About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.  School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation Inc. annual Archaeology Fair is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for kids and adults alike! Homeschool groups, families, playgroups, adult learning groups and friends of all ages are invited to join us on October 18 for this amazing event!

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Plano's Bob Woodruff Park will be filled with pint-sized explorers, budding artists and junior archaeologists...all visiting the park for
this year's Archaeology Fair, an annual event sponsored by The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. and Versar, Inc.

"This free event is always great fun for all involved.  Children, parents, grandparents, volunteers and educators all enjoy a day full of unique learning opportunities," said Plano Conservancy Co-Director Russell C. Kissick of Plano. "This event is a wonderful learning experience and features fun for the whole family."

The fair - which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - will feature a variety of activities and exhibits including rock painting, atlatl throw, corn husk doll creation, face painting, a petroglyph site, a pictograph wall, a geological creek walk, and more.

"Our guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, enjoy the Native American Bearclaw singers and dancers, see a variety of exhibits and demonstrations and much more," Kissick added.

The event will take place at the far north end of Bob Woodruff Park off of San Gabriel Drive almost to Parker Road in Plano.

About the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., a Texas corporation 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is an organization dedicated to
promote civic pride in the past, to increase preservation awareness through education and public outreach, and to provide financial assistance to protect and preserve our heritage resources for this and future generations. For more information, please visit www.planoconservancy.org or call 972-941-2117. 

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Faith Lutheran School Athletic Director and teacher Debi Tauschek of Plano presents a check to Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser of Plano with the proceeds of this year's fundraising event at Los Rios Country Club.

Faith Lutheran School conducted its third annual golf tournament on Friday, September 26 at Plano's Los Rios Country Club. 

"This golf tournament is an excellent opportunity for us to raise funds for our school, raise awareness about our school and its mission, and for us to simply gather for fun and fellowship together," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser of Plano. "Proceeds will help to improve our technology within our school's classrooms and computer lab and provide our athletic teams the opportunity to replace old uniforms and buy needed equipment."

The event raised more than $5,000, and post-event donations were still coming in following the event.

Event sponsors included Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of McKinney (Dr. Joshua James), Thrivent Financial (Gerry A. Hughes, CFP, Wealth Advisor), Southwestern Chiropractic and Wellness Center (Dr. Shad Reif), Rebecca Bork D.D.S. Family Dentistry, Lenz Bus Service and Golf Galaxy.

About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.  School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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"Plano's Historic Cemteries" was published by Arcadia Publishing.

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. today announced the release of the book "Plano's Historic Cemeteries."

"This book gives us the opportunity to tell the story of many of the beautiful and fascinating cemeteries in this area, all of which are rich in history and have many intriguing stories associated with them," said The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Co-Director Russell C. Kissick.  "Through this book, our team was able to capture and record many little-known and well-known details about some of our area's cemeteries and to provide additional insightful information about the history of Plano and the surrounding areas."

The book was authored by Jeffrey Campbell of McKinney, Candace Fountoulakis of Plano and Kirby Stokes of Allen for The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. The book was published by Arcadia Publishing.

"Plano's Historic Cemeteries" is available via www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and at select area retailers.

 Books will be available for purchase at a special book signing event on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble located at 2201 Preston Road in Plano.  (northwest corner of Park & Preston)

From the publisher:

The cemeteries of Plano are celebrated in a stunning pictorial book commemorating the unique history. Plano’s Historic Cemeteries is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series by the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. The book showcases more than 200 images of the town’s cemeteries. 

Highlights from Plano’s Historic Cemeteries include:

  • Touching stories of the area's first pioneer settlers.
  • The Majority of the images have been donated by private collections housed in Plano’s Public Libraries.
  • Showcases how cemeteries are affected and can benefit from urbanization.
  • Connections to current families and family farms and businesses.
  • Highlights community efforts of coming together to achieve goals.

The Plano of today would not be recognizable to the pioneers who settled this section of the blackland prairie. Arriving in the early 1840s, these colonists from Tennessee and Kentucky were captivated by Sam Houston’s stump speeches about the rich, fertile farmland of North Texas. All of their frontier cemeteries, large and small, are now surrounded by golf courses, subdivisions, and commercial development. The final resting places of Plano’s pioneers still exist because of the hard work of cemetery associations, civic groups, concerned citizens, the City of Plano Parks Department, and the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation. These silent spaces hold a wealth of history that helps tell the story of Plano’s beginnings as a rural farming community.

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation has been zealous in its years of service, preserving the history and heritage of Plano, Texas. The conservancy has made cemetery preservation a cornerstone of its work. Images of America: Plano’s Historic Cemeteries features images from the conservancy’s expansive archives, along with the City of Plano’s Haggard Library and other local collections.

Jeffrey C. Campbell is the co-director for the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. He has a degree in heritage resources with a concentration in historic preservation from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He has worked on historic preservation projects in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. He is also a published folk poet and writes a column for Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for Regional Heritage Research. He lives in McKinney, Texas, with his wife.

Candace Fountoulakis is a long-time volunteer within Plano with a focus on historic cemeteries. A native of Nebraska, Candace “came to Texas as fast as she could” and lives in Plano with her husband Mike and Cairn terrier Koa. A member of the Plano Garden Club, Candace collects old varieties of iris and enjoys antique roses and native plants of Texas. She serves on the board of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. as well as the Young Family Cemetery Association and Plano Old City Cemetery Association.


Kirby Stokes is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing her graduate degree in history. She was raised in north Dallas and currently resides in Allen, Texas. She lives with her wonderful husband Alex Lindsey and their rambunctious dog Marley.

About the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.:
The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., a Texas corporation 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is an organization dedicated to promote civic pride in the past, to increase preservation awareness through education and public outreach, and to provide financial assistance to protect and preserve our heritage resources for this and future generations. For more information, please visit www.planoconservancy.org or call 972-941-2117.

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Plano City Council Member David Downs presents a proclamation from the city to Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser

Faculty, staff and students at Plano's Faith Lutheran School gathered on Tuesday, September 16 with local dignitaries, members of the military and other guests for a public reading of the U.S. Constitution.

The event featured the presentation of a proclamation on behalf of Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere by Plano City Council Member David Downs.

The Sons of the American Revolution - Plano Chapter provided a color guard flag processional at the event, and Mr. Downs, members of the military, veterans, community members and others read portions of the U.S. Constitution at the event.

"This event is a way for us to express our respect for our country and for the U.S. Constitution and to remind ourselves, our students and our community that this document is still very relevant today," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser of Plano. "Too many are not really, truly familiar with the U.S. Constitution, what it says and what it stands for.  Reading it aloud will be educational and a good reminder for all of us."

The event is one of hundreds of U.S. Constitution readings conducted in cities and towns all across the United States to celebrate Constitution Day. Constitution Day is September 17. This year, Faith Lutheran School observed the event on Tuesday, September 16.

Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano. For more information, please call 972.423.7448 or email school@flsplano.org

About Faith Lutheran School
 Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade. School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis.  To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.