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Sons of the American Revolution

Faculty, staff and students at Plano's Faith Lutheran School will gather on Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30 a.m. with local dignitaries, members of the military and other guests for a public reading of the U.S. Constitution.

The event will feature the presentation of a proclamation on behalf of Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere by Plano City Councilman David Downs.  

The Sons of the American Revolution - Plano Chapter will provide a color guard flag processional at the event, and Mr. Downs, members of the military, veterans, community members and others will 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 that will be conducted in cities and towns all across the United States to celebrate Constitution Day. Constitution Day is September 17.  This year, Faith Lutheran School is observing 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.

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Faith Lutheran School will host an "Aloha 'Oe Summer Lu'au" event on Saturday, September 20 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The event will feature a Hawai'ian dinner, prize drawings, Polynesian dancing and more.  Entertainment will be provided by Keola's Hula Halau.

VIP seating for the dinner and show: $35 each 
General seating for the dinner and show: $25/adults, $20/children 
Show-only seating: $15.00
Ages three and under are FREE except for VIP seating.

All proceeds from the dinner will benefit students at Faith Lutheran School who are raising funds to take a class trip to Washington, D.C.

Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano.

Tickets may be purchased at www.keolas.com.  For more information, please call Faith Lutheran School at 972.423.7448 or www.flsplano.org

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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"Football and Integration in Plano, Texas: Stay in There, Wildcats" book cover

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. today announced the release of the book "Football and Integration in Plano, Texas: Stay in There, Wildcats."

"This book gives us the opportunity to tell the story of a pivotal time in history not only in the city of Plano, but during a time of great change for our country overall," said The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Co-Director Russell C. Kissick.  "Through this book, our team was able to capture and record the stories of the many educators, coaches, community members and civic leaders who were instrumental in making integrated education a reality in Plano and beyond. The inspirational stories of these amazing people during a remarkable time in history are recorded here for many to enjoy."

The book was authored by Jeffrey Campbell of McKinney, Amy Sandling Crawford of Plano and Kirby Stokes of Allen for The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. with a foreword by former Plano Senior High School Wildcat football player Billy Ray Smith who went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and an introduction by Robert Haynes, curator of Plano's Interurban Railway Museum and chief curator and director of Texas Curatorial Services of Dallas. The book was published by The History Press.

Football and Integration in Plano, Texas: Stay in There, Wildcats" is available via www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and at select area retailers.

Books will be available for purchase at these upcoming events:

Book signing:  Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble 2201 Preston Road in Plano  (northwest corner of Park & Preston)

Book release party and book signing: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2 p.m.
including remarks from Plano City Council member David Downs
Interurban Railway Museum 901 E. 15th Street in historic downtown Plano 

Book signing: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6 p.m.
John Clark Stadium at the Plano Senior High School football game vs. Hebron

From the publisher:
Football and Integration in Plano, Texas: Stay in There, Wildcats": The year 1964 was momentous for civil rights as Congress passed the Twenty-fourth Amendment and Texas’s own Lyndon B. Johnson unveiled his plan for the Great Society. That same year, the Plano school district integrated, setting an example for the state and nation. The tight-knit community banded together through a language fluent to everyone—football. The Wildcats had few winning seasons and no state titles at that time, but with hard work and a trailblazing spirit, coaches Tom Gray and John Clark led the integrated team all the way to state championship victory in 1965. The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. presents the inspiring story of the Wildcat fight for the title that made Plano a better place to live.

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., is a Texas-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting civic pride in the past, increasing preservation awareness through education and public outreach and providing financial assistance to protect and preserve our heritage resources for current and future generations. The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., is especially focused on preserving the history and heritage of Plano, Texas. 

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.

Amy Sandling Crawford was raised in Plano, Texas. She graduated from Plano East Senior High School and has a degree in journalism with public relations emphasis from the University of North Texas. A widely published journalist and successful public relations specialist, Amy uses her talents to promote many non-profits, businesses and community groups in Plano and beyond. She lives in Plano with her husband, Ben, and their daughter, Elizabeth Grace.

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:
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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The annual Faith Lutheran School golf tournament is a fundraiser for the Plano, Texas school. Proceeds will go toward athletics and technology programs.

Faith Lutheran School will host its third annual golf tournament at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 26 at Los Rios Country Club at 1700 Country Club Drive in Plano.

The tournament will be played in a four-person scramble format and costs $100 per person.  The entry fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, lunch and a tournament t-shirt. The tournament benefits Faith Lutheran School's technology program and athletics program.

Player spots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or for registration/sponsorship forms, please visit www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.

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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Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser

Faith Lutheran School today announced that the school has hired Rev. Stephen W. Kieser to serve as the school's headmaster.  Debi Tauschek was also hired to teach seventh and eighth grades and serve as athletic director.

Rev. Kieser was recruited to serve as headmaster after the school's former headmaster, Timothy Merritt of Plano, refocused his responsibilities at the school to serve as a full-time high school teacher as well as the school's technology director.

"Faith Lutheran School has provided a strong presence among private schools in the area for more than 35 years, so expanding our staff with the addition of Rev. Kieser as headmaster and Debi Tauschek as teacher and athletic director was a natural progression for us," Merritt said. "We are thrilled to add these two talented educators to our staff, because we know they are dedicated to providing excellent, high-quality, Christ-centered leadership and education for our students."

No stranger to education administration, Rev. Kieser served as principal at Faith Lutheran School in Plano from 1998 to 2003. Following that tenure at Faith Lutheran School, he attended seminary to become a pastor.  Prior to joining rejoining Faith Lutheran School as headmaster, Rev. Kieser served as senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Darmstadt, Indiana.

"I look forward to using my experiences and interest in Lutheran doctrine and classical education to serve these children and bring them the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," said Rev. Kieser.  "It is an honor to work with the outstanding staff at Faith Lutheran School to serve our students, their families, our church family and the community as a whole."

Rev. Kieser holds a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and biology and a minor in mathematics from Concordia University in Ann Arbor Michigan, a Master of Arts in school administration from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and a M.A. of theology in exegetical studies with a minor in systematic theology from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the current chairman of the board of directors of the Classical Consortium for Lutheran Education. 

Rev. Kieser and his wife Julia have seven children.  They reside in Plano.

Debi Tauschek was recruited to serve at Faith Lutheran School's seventh and eighth grade teacher, and will also serve as the school's athletic director.

Prior to joining Faith Lutheran School, Tauschek served as teacher and headmaster at Christ Lutheran Academy in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Tauschek holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Tauschek and her husband Patrick have two children. They reside in Plano.

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 grade 12. 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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More than 100 children and an army of more than 50 volunteers gathered at Faith Lutheran Church in Plano in late June for "Saved by Grace" Vacation Bible School.  The week-long program was filled with engaging crafts, thrilling games, a challenging Bible quiz time for children, Bible stories and much more. The VBS program was available for children ages three years old through sixth grade. The week-long event concluded with a closing celebration on Friday, June 27, where students sang songs and recited Bible memory verses for parents, teachers, friends and guests.

"Saved by Grace VBS took students on an amazing grace adventure! Children visited exciting sites on and around the Sea of Galilee through our Bible stories and discovered how Jesus saves us now and eternally. We, as sinners, would surely sink in our sin, but Jesus gives us grace," said Faith Lutheran Church Associate Pastor Rev. Mark Taylor. "Children sang fun songs, enjoyed crazy crafts, and learned all about Jesus. It was a great week!"

During the week, students collected funds to provide school supplies and backpacks for families served by Disciples of the Way Ministries, a Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) mission society dedicated to serving the Muslim community both domestically and internationally through Gospel proclamation, personal friendships and loving service. The children raised almost $600.00 toward the purchase of these supplies.

Faith Lutheran Church is a conservative congregation of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ that confesses the teachings of the historic Christian church as they are taught in the Bible. Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and has locations in both Plano and Wylie. For more information, please visit www.faithplano.org or call 972.423.7447

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photo courtesy Faith Lutheran School: Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Timothy Merritt of Plano and Faith Lutheran School Board of Christian Education Chairman Steve Krycho of Plano display a check showing the proceeds of this year's online fundraising auction.

Faith Lutheran School of Plano today announced the result of the school's recent online fundraising auction, an event which took place to raise funds for technology improvements at the school. The online auction raised more than $6,500.00.

"The event was a great success, and the generous support of the community and our school families has allowed us to begin much-anticipated technology upgrades at the school," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Timothy Merritt of Plano.

The school's recent online auction featured a variety of items up for bids, including class projects crafted by students at the school such as hand-painted umbrellas, custom glass mosaic trivets, unique photography art pieces, a hand painted child's chair and more. Other items up for bids included an NFL-player autographed football, an American Girl school desk, a raised garden bed kit complete with plants, a bundle of fiction and non-fiction books and school supplies and much more.

Many technology enhancements are planned for the school, and the improvements will be rolled out in phases.  New computers will be installed in the school's computer lab this summer and will be ready for use at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. These computers were funded in part by this year's auction proceeds.

Additional future, planned improvements include the addition of more computers, document cameras, "smart" white boards and other technology in the school's classrooms and computer lab.

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 grade twelve. 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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Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation Inc. Co-Director Jeffrey Campbell of McKinney, Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. board member Candace Fountoulakis of Plano, Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Co-Director Russell Kissick of Plano

Community members, Plano Walking Club members and others gathered with The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. on Saturday, June 7 for a "Hike Across the Prairie" event to celebrate National Trails Day®. The event was held at Plano's Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.

The group walked through paved areas of the park, observing native plants and wildlife, and also hiked through fields and forested areas, reading informational wayside signage created by the Conservancy to educate visitors about the area.

"This hike included a tour the Conservancy's informative wayside signage, which is located along the trails throughout the preserve and is available for everyone to enjoy," said The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Co-Director Jeffrey Campbell of McKinney. "These signs tell the story of the native plants in the area, and also about the history of this Blackland Prairie, which included farming and pioneer life. Our route included views of the prairie, pecan trees, native wildflowers and grasses, Rowlett creek, a pond and more."

The educational hike led the group on a path throughout the nature preserve that was about five-and-a-half miles long.  The group talked about the early settlers who farmed in the region, the history of the blackland prairie and the native grasses and wildflowers that fill the area. Hikers also observed native wildlife including snakes, hawks, a nesting turtle and much more.

"We created our educational wayside signs as a way to make people aware of the history of this area," added The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation Board Member Candace Fountoulakis of Plano.  "This is a way for us to easily educate those who may be jogging or walking by.  This area is rich in history and has so many stories to tell."

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. plans to conduct additional educational hikes in the future, and plans to continue their community education efforts through placement of additional wayside signs at Oak Point Nature Preserve and at other areas of interest throughout the community.

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.

About National Trails Day:
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects.  National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.

About the American Hiking Society:
Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience.  To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org or call (301) 565-6704. 

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Photo courtesy The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.: L to R: Cesar Ortega, Rebecca Miles, Russ Kissick (co-director Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.), Amy Lee Carpenetti, Harry Kepner (Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation scholarship committee member), Conner Teaff

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. today announced the winners of the group's four student scholarships.

The honorees were recently recognized at The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation's "Prairie Jubilee" event, which took place on May 17 in Haggard Park and featured live music, food and family-friendly activities.

Scholarship winners are Cesar Ortega, Amy Lee Carpenetti, Rebecca Miles and Conner Teaff, all of Plano.

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. awards scholarships to Plano Independent School District and other area seniors seeking to study historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, anthropology, urban planning or certain fields of engineering.

Cesar Ortega received the Norwood M. Brenneke Scholarship, named in honor of Mr. Brenneke who was a founding board member and first treasurer of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Ortega will graduate from Plano Senior High School and plans to attend Collin College and then transfer to a four year university pursue a degree in architecture and construction studies.

Amy Lee Carpenetti received one of the Conservancy's Benefactors Scholarships.  Carpenetti will graduate from Plano West Senior High School and plans to attend Texas A&M University to study electrical engineering.

Rebecca Miles also received a Benefactors Scholarship. She will graduate from Plano West Senior High school and plans to attend North Carolina State University to study computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering.

Conner Taeff received the Plano Conservancy Board of Directors Scholarship.  Taeff will graduate form Plano West Senior High School and will attend Texas A&M University to study construction science.

"We are pleased to recognize the hard work of these four individuals," said Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation board member and scholarship committee member Harry Kepner of Plano. "Our annually awarded scholarships provide students with financial assistance towards their college education. We seek to assist students like Cesar, Amy, Rebecca and Conner who wish to further their education in historical preservation and related fields."
   
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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The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. today announced the winners of the group's four student scholarships.

The honorees were recently recognized at The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation's "Prairie Jubilee" event, which took place on May 17 in Haggard Park and featured live music, food and family-friendly activities.

Scholarship winners are Cesar Ortega, Amy Lee Carpenetti, Rebecca Miles and Conner Teaff, all of Plano.

The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. awards scholarships to Plano Independent School District and other area seniors seeking to study historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, anthropology, urban planning or certain fields of engineering.

Cesar Ortega received the Norwood M. Brenneke Scholarship, named in honor of Mr. Brenneke who was a founding board member and first treasurer of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. Ortega will graduate from Plano Senior High School and plans to attend Collin College and then transfer to a four year university pursue a degree in architecture and construction studies.

Amy Lee Carpenetti received one of the Conservancy's Benefactors Scholarships.  Carpenetti will graduate from Plano West Senior High School and plans to attend Texas A&M University to study electrical engineering.

Rebecca Miles also received a Benefactors Scholarship. She will graduate from Plano West Senior High school and plans to attend North Carolina State University to study computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering.

Conner Taeff received the Plano Conservancy Board of Directors Scholarship.  Taeff will graduate form Plano West Senior High School and will attend Texas A&M University to study construction science.

"We are pleased to recognize the hard work of these four individuals," said Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation board member and scholarship committee member Harry Kepner of Plano. "Our annually awarded scholarships provide students with financial assistance towards their college education. We seek to assist students like Cesar, Amy, Rebecca and Conner who wish to further their education in historical preservation and related fields."
   
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.

Photo courtesy The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.:
L to R: Cesar Ortega, Rebecca Miles, Russ Kissick (co-director Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc.), Amy Lee Carpenetti, Harry Kepner (Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation scholarship committee member), Conner Teaff