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Better middle schools: Sold-out lunch raises $150,000 for longer school days, more improvements

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9, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Nicole Perdue, Jim Perdue
Nicole Perdue, Jim Perdue Photo by Priscilla Dickson
15, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Eric Schwarz
Eric Schwarz Photo by Priscilla Dickson
7, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Jamil Higley, Carter Higley
Jamil Higley, Carter Higley Photo by Priscilla Dickson
4, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Estela Cockrell
Estela Cockrell Photo by Priscilla Dickson
2, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Blakely Griggs, Trey Griggs
Blakely Griggs, Trey Griggs Photo by Priscilla Dickson
12, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Traci Young, Lizzy Perrin, Carrie Miller
Traci Young, Lizzy Perrin, Carrie Miller Photo by Priscilla Dickson
17, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Tarren Everette, Laura Hilbert
Tarren Everette, Laura Hilbert Photo by Priscilla Dickson
10, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Marita Fairbanks
Marita Fairbanks Photo by Priscilla Dickson
16, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Tracy Pesikoff, Catherine Masterson
Tracy Pesikoff, Catherine Masterson Photo by Priscilla Dickson
13, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Yvonne Cosgrove, Lindsay Drakeley
Yvonne Cosgrove, Lindsay Drakeley Photo by Priscilla Dickson
14, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Nicole Perdue, Diana DeLa Rosa, Todd Litton, Julie Price
Nicole Perdue, Diana DeLa Rosa, Todd Litton, Julie Price Photo by Priscilla Dickson
3, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Carol Ringold,  Linda Debrovner, Ann Johnson
Carol Ringold, Linda Debrovner, Ann Johnson Photo by Priscilla Dickson
9, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Nicole Perdue, Jim Perdue
15, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Eric Schwarz
7, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Jamil Higley, Carter Higley
4, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Estela Cockrell
2, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Blakely Griggs, Trey Griggs
12, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Traci Young, Lizzy Perrin, Carrie Miller
17, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Tarren Everette, Laura Hilbert
10, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Marita Fairbanks
16, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Tracy Pesikoff, Catherine Masterson
13, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Yvonne Cosgrove, Lindsay Drakeley
14, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Nicole Perdue, Diana DeLa Rosa, Todd Litton, Julie Price
3, Citizen Schools luncheon, October 2012, Carol Ringold,  Linda Debrovner, Ann Johnson

Prospects for Houston area middle school children received a generous bump with the inaugural "Education Without Boundaries" luncheon that raised $150,000 for Citizen Schools Texas.

The national non-profit partners with middle schools to lengthen the school day and provide more relevant learning experiences to children in low-income communities. So high was the interest in the subject that the ballroom of the Junior League of Houston was sold out. Applause, applause for luncheon chair Nicole Perdue and Citizen Schools Texas executive director Todd Litton.

More than 270 guests listened with rapt attention as Citizen Schools co-founder and CEO Eric Schwarz spoke on the critical need for increased learning time in schools across the country. Houston Independent School District principal Diana De La Rosa gave a testimonial on the difference that Citizen Schools has made at her home base, Patrick Henry Middle School

Supporters of better education included HISD trustees Anna Eastman and Harvin Moore, plus Jim Perdue Jr., Kelly Frels, Charlie Neuhaus, Danielle Magdol, Wendy Askew, Marita Fairbanks, Carrie Miller, Jamie Oliver, Estela Cockrell, Liz Stepanian, Ann and Johnny Johnson, Catherine Masterson and Gracia Wynne Duncan.

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