JANUARY 2021 NEWS & UPDATES | STPHILIPS1600.ORG
St. Philip’s School and Community Center would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! May this year bring you many blessings, good health, and great memories!
ICYMI: The Annual Christmas Store was a Success!
We were so blessed to serve our community just as we do every year with our annual Christmas Store. Although we had to modify the event to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, it was a huge success. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to serve approximately 500 families, more than ever before. The store was set up outside on the front parking lot in order for families to safely select gifts. Each staff member, volunteer and shopper had their temperature taken, used hand sanitizer, and wore masks and gloves. Over 200 families pre-registered, 200 were on the waitlist, and there were an additional 100 walk-up shoppers that day. Volunteers, donors, faculty, staff, and parents stepped up their efforts this year and donated more gifts than ever before.

Thanks to four big coat drives, a warm coat was available for all children and adults. Coats were donated by Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Tolleson Wealth Management, Impact Church Dallas, and Maya Dattatreya, a senior at The Hockaday School, who orchestrated a coat drive as her Eagle Scout Project. Over 800 coats were donated from these groups.

The Junior League of Dallas continued its tradition of supporting the planning and execution of this special community event. Volunteers from St. John’s Episcopal School handled the take-down and clean-up.
Great Things are Happening at Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry
Aunt Bette's Community Pantry was awarded for its excellence in service in COVID-19 response by the North Texas Food Bank! Thank you to Kelvin Browning, Angelyn Page, and all of the volunteers for your service and support that keeps our pantry operating.

The Pantry also recently received a $10,000 grant from Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavs Foundation. We were awarded for being a staple in our community, serving those in need, specifically meeting hunger needs. During the 2019-2020 Mavericks season, Dallas Maverick, Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavs Foundation committed to "KrisStopping" hunger in North Texas. For every block Porzingis made during the season, he personally donated $500 to the Mavs Foundation, totaling nearly $60,000! During the Mavs foundation Annual Ball, Kristaps also donated a dinner with him as a live auction experience, raising and an additional $45,000 toward the initiative. Aunt Bette's Community Pantry was selected as one of the six recipients of these funds!
Hot Off the Press!
Our Winter 2020 issue of The1600 magazine is out now, featuring Dr. Flowers' ABCs of Social Justice, Community Impact, Alumni News, 75th Anniversary Information, St. Philip's Annual Report and more!

A Life Remembered
The St. Philip’s School & Community Center family remembers the life of L. Christian Miller, Class of 2011. Chris, as he was affectionately known, was a beautiful, vibrant soul that had a servant heart for the Lord. Just a few short months ago, the SPSCC family rallied around Chris and his family as he battled COVID-19 and its subsequent health complications. As highlighted in the Winter 2020 edition of the 1600 Magazine, Chris fought hard to recover and was thankful for his family and St. Philip’s village for rallying and praying on his behalf. We are truly saddened and mourn the loss of our loving alum. Chris was pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Austin College in Sherman, TX prior to his passing. He was laid to rest on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Please keep the Miller/Bush family in your prayers.
We Love Referrals from our Friends and Families!
Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 school year!
You are our best ambassadors; tell a family you know to apply today for priority consideration, as the deadline is January 15th.
Visit our Admissions Office Virtually! 
Our virtual admissions office is open on on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11am to 1pm.
YOUR REVIEWS MATTER: Word of mouth from happy students and parents is the best way to spread the good news about St. Philip’s School & Community Center! Reviews on various websites help promote our school. Information and links to share your experience can be found here.

EARN TUITION CREDIT FOR YOUR STUDENT: The highest compliment our parents can pay us is the referral of family or friends. In appreciation, for each new student you refer that enrolls and attends St. Philip’s, your family will be awarded a $200 tuition credit through our referral program!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Girls Night Out - January 8
Sign your girls up for our Girls Night Out event on January 8th. This event will focus on goal setting for the new year. Our Junior League mentors will break up the girls in small and large groups and help the girls bring their goals to life by creating vision boards. This fun-filled virtual mentorship and networking program is for young ladies in 1st - 12th grades.
Open House - January 26
Do you know a family or friend who would make a great addition to our village? Invite them to register for our Open House on January 26th at 5:30pm. We'll discuss how our unparalleled educational experience develops students who are Christ Centered, Culturally Aware, and Intellectually Driven.
Destiny Award Luncheon - March 26
St. Philip’s School and Community Center will host its 21st Annual Destiny Award Luncheon on Friday, March 26th. This virtual experience will feature a conversation with Pulitzer Prize and National Humanities Medal winning author Isabel Wilkerson. She is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Wilkerson is a gifted storyteller, captivating audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the unseen hierarchies that have divided us as a nation, in order to find a way to transcend them. She has become an impassioned voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand ourselves, our country and our current era of upheaval. Click here for information about the event and sponsorship opportunities.
Dr. Flowers' Words of Wisdom
Read Dr. Flowers’ latest entry on closing the gap, gorge, or canyon of learning disparities between brown children and white children. Enjoy this inspirational and thought-provoking message informed by his faith, ministry in education, and community development.. Read the Blog
Friends of St. Philip’s 
Friends of St. Philip’s (Friends) was established in February 2019 as an auxiliary of men and women committed to supporting St. Philip’s School and Community Center as ambassadors through service and fundraising. If you would like to join, renew, or become more involved by joining the expanding board of Friends of St. Philip’s click here.
Volunteers in Action!
Jim Denning, a 30-year Army Veteran, has been working in the pantry two days a week since this summer. He is always upbeat and loves his job. Jim enjoys getting to know the other volunteers, and his service goes beyond Monday and Wednesday mornings. He visits area grocery stores to request donations of new plastic bags, and Ziplock bags for bagging greens and toiletries. He also scours sales for inexpensive rolling suitcases that can be used by our neighbors on foot. When asked why he enjoys his service at Aunt Bettie’s Community Pantry, Jim said "I love giving back to the community and try to put a smile on people’s faces. I count my blessings every day. If I can do something for them, I will.” Thank You Jim for your service and commitment to our ministry.
Employees from Tolleson Wealth Management have been serving regularly in Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry since November. The banking division adopted the pantry as their community agency to support with their time and their treasures. Tolleson generously donated $2,500, which went towards the Perot Family match to endow Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. Tolleson also contributed over 200 new coats to the annual Christmas Store!
Russell Cosby & Jeff Harelson
Ward Skinner
Vince Snoddy
Our longtime friend and collaboration partner, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, included Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry as one of their agencies highlighted in their “Heart of Giving” drive for the holidays. Donations from parishioners were made to St. Philip’s. Saint Michael’s has been an active partner with St. Philip’s for many years, contributing funds, volunteers, and donated items such as 200 dry-cleaned coats for our Christmas Store. Thanks to David Cowling, SPSCC Board Chair, Men of Saint Michael’s has been very instrumental in the pantry lately. We would like to send a special thanks to Russell Cosby, Jeff Harelson, Ward Skinner, and Vince Snoddy for regularly volunteering during COVID.

As part of Men of Saint Michael’s, Russell Cosby, also a Managing Director at JLL, began volunteering weekly in the pantry on Mondays. He had the idea to include our pantry as one of three agencies that JLL would be supporting over the holiday. JLL donated $50 in honor of each of their clients to the agency of their choosing. The total raised through this creative and thoughtful program was $3,350 which went towards the Perot Family match to endow Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. We are so appreciative of Russell and JLL for these wonderful blessings.
Aunt Bette's Community Pantry
Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry has a few volunteer slots available on Mondays from 7:45am-11:15 am. All volunteers must wear masks and gloves, maintain safe social distancing, and neighbors are required to wear masks upon arrival. Masks are provided for those without one. If you are interested in helping out, sign up here. Sign up to volunteer.

We are accepting donations of gently used rolling duffle bags and suitcases. These enable clients without transportation to easily transport their groceries home. Items can be dropped off at the pantry on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or please call 214.753.5600 to arrange a drop-off.
Tackle Hunger Souper Bowl of Caring
Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry has been selected to participate in the Tackle Hunger Souper Bowl of Caring. Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy around football’s biggest celebration to inspire youth to tackle hunger across the country. Each campaign runs throughout the American football season, starting in September through the Super Bowl. St. Philip’s supporters can make donations to our campaign portal which directly supports our pantry. Donate today!
Experience Feedback Box
We want to hear from you! We now have an anonymous form that can be submitted electronically to offer feedback regarding your experience, suggestions, or compliments.
How You Can Help
For those who have asked what you can do to support St. Philip’s – PRAY and DONATE. Our needs and that of those we serve continue and grow daily. You can make an online charitable donation here to support our families.
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