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Fighting for a longer school day: Middle school students get a boost — and $116,000 — from sold-out luncheon

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17 Malcolm Morse, from left, Andrea Fatoma and Asha Edwards at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Malcolm Morse, from left, Andrea Fatoma and Asha Edwards at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Carrie Miller, from left, Nicole Perdue, Alan Bordelon, Celestina Melendez and Julie Price at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Carrie Miller, from left, Nicole Perdue, Alan Bordelon, Celestina Melendez and Julie Price at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Elizabeth Hogan, from left, Todd Litton and Franna Litton at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Elizabeth Hogan, from left, Todd Litton and Franna Litton at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
18 Margaret Young, from left, Erin Heath and Sarah Sampson at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Margaret Young, from left, Erin Heath and Sarah Sampson at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
22 Selwyn Razor and Rich Moses at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Selwyn Razor and Rich Moses at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Kate Walters, left, and Leslie Strauss at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Kate Walters, left, and Leslie Strauss at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Bobbi Nau, left, and Liz Stepanian at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Bobbi Nau, left, and Liz Stepanian at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 Kelly Murphy, left, and Lisa Bandy at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Kelly Murphy, left, and Lisa Bandy at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Jeannie Schneider, from left, Don Kidd and Sarah Swift at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Jeannie Schneider, from left, Don Kidd and Sarah Swift at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Allison Stasney, left, and Courtney Abernethy at the Citizen Schools luncheon
Allison Stasney, left, and Courtney Abernethy at the Citizen Schools luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 Malcolm Morse, from left, Andrea Fatoma and Asha Edwards at the Citizen Schools luncheon
6 Carrie Miller, from left, Nicole Perdue, Alan Bordelon, Celestina Melendez and Julie Price at the Citizen Schools luncheon
10 Elizabeth Hogan, from left, Todd Litton and Franna Litton at the Citizen Schools luncheon
18 Margaret Young, from left, Erin Heath and Sarah Sampson at the Citizen Schools luncheon
22 Selwyn Razor and Rich Moses at the Citizen Schools luncheon
15 Kate Walters, left, and Leslie Strauss at the Citizen Schools luncheon
3 Bobbi Nau, left, and Liz Stepanian at the Citizen Schools luncheon
16 Kelly Murphy, left, and Lisa Bandy at the Citizen Schools luncheon
11 Jeannie Schneider, from left, Don Kidd and Sarah Swift at the Citizen Schools luncheon
1 Allison Stasney, left, and Courtney Abernethy at the Citizen Schools luncheon

Citizen Schools executive director Todd Litton held the sellout crowd at the Junior League of Houston to rapt attention as he spoke on the importance of programs that extend the learning day and provide meaningful connections between middle school students and volunteer professionals.

The annual Citizen Schools luncheon, chaired by Carrie Miller and Julie Price, raised $116,000 for the expanded learning programs executed in partnership with HISD and targeting students in low-income communities.

Citizen Schools Texas launched in 2002 and currently serves 570 students and benefits from the assistance of more than 100 volunteers.

Supporters in the luncheon crowd included Citizen Schools board chair Nicole Perdue, Margaret Young, Erin Heath, Sarah Sampson, Selwyn Razor, Rich Moses, Franna Litton, Bobbie Nau and Liz Stepanian.

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