Nestled in the lower-income, educationally underserved communities of Southeast Dallas, A+ Academy Secondary has empowered families for 18 years by providing public, tuition-free educational opportunities for all students, within a safe and supportive environment.
Our Knightette Drill Team is a staple to our campus education. The team consists of 12 extraordinary young women, led by Christina Marquez, who has not only served as the team’s Director for four years, but also as their mentor, and source of empowerment. Under her leadership, each young woman learns that being the best requires hard work rooted in the strong, independent mentality of knowing they are in control of their success.
These young ladies not only earned the State Grand Champion Award at this year’s Crowd Pleasers State Dance Competition, they also took home Best in Class Hip Hop, Best in Class Prop, Best in Class Pom, Team Super Sweepstakes (scoring a 90 or higher on all three dances), Crowd Pleasers Award, Best Performance for Prop, and Best Choreography Hip Hop.
Their accomplishments at the competition took a backseat to what came next: an invitation for the entire Knightette Team to participate in the 2017 Macy’s Day Parade in New York City.
Being asked to participate in the Macy’s Day Parade is a high honor, and an extraordinary chance to represent our school and our community in a televised event watched by over 44 million people. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our team, but also for all of our Southeast Dallas community, for, unfortunately, it isn’t often that our neighborhoods are painted in a positive light in any media form.
Our team is determined to participate in the Parade, and have already begun their fundraising efforts, but their plan to ensure their success includes help from people dedicated to empowering through education, like yourself.
We need your help!
It will cost each young lady a total of $2,700.00, which includes all registration fees, flights, hotel accommodations, meals, city transportation, shirts, and group activities.
We are asking that you please consider investing in their future at your highest, most comfortable level—any amount you invest brings our team closer to their goal. All you have to do is click the DONATE button, and follow the simple steps to complete your helping gift to our team.
(And we are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so all gifts are tax deductible!)
We appreciate any consideration you can provide to this endeavor. Your support means a great deal to the girls on the team, their families, and our community.
We thank you for your support!!!
*If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at Communications@aplus-cs.org*