Sandy’s ScholarTrips

Sandy's ScholarTrips logo

Sandy with StudentsSandy’s ScholarTrips was founded in 2015 in honor of retired CISDR President & CEO, Sandy Chavarria, with the program starting in 2016. This project provides a summer trip experience for CISDR students — expanding their horizons above and beyond the classroom. Last June, for the second summer in a row, CISDR staff planned three respective trips for elementary, middle and high school students who might not otherwise see the world beyond their own neighborhoods.

“This experience made me get rid of my fear of heights by getting on an airplane for the first time. I learned that there are so many differences between Texas and Washington D.C., like most of the people use the Metro or walk to get around, and the environment is a lot cleaner.”
— Arlyn A., 10th grade
“The trip was fun. I got to meet new people from other schools at the National 4H Conference Center and see various places.”
— Leslie C., 11th grade
“I had a lot of fun and I made new friends who I talk to a lot now after the trip. It was fun to see all the museums and all the walking trips we had. It was just amazing, and I’ll never forget it.”
— Viviana T., 11th grade
“I’m a Texan who loves the East Coast, so having the opportunity through CISDR to take my girls to Washington D.C. was awesome. I was excited for the girls to experience the East Coast, see the different architecture, styles of living, and means of transportation..”
— Ysamar Teurel, Site Coordinator at Thomas Jefferson High School

2017 ScholarTrips

Fossil Rim Day Trip

CISDR elementary school students and staff drove down to Glen Rose’s Fossil Rim for a hike. The 4th and 5th graders got to do some hands on learning about life science before going out to meet the animals on the preserve.

Fossil Rim Overnight Trip

In June 2017, CISDR middle school students and staff went to Glen Rose for an overnight camping trip. The 7th and 8th graders went hiking with the animals at Fossil Rim, learning about nature and life science. Then after a nice hike, they camped out and ate s’mores under the clear Texas starlight.

Washington, DC

CISDR high school students and staff flew to Washington, DC for three days of fun and learning in our nation’s capital. The 10th and 11th graders got a tour of the city, including the Smithsonian Institution and the National 4H Conference Center.

Get Involved

If you would like to donate to help send a student on a this year’s trip, please contact us at or feel free to mail to CISDR SSTrips, 1341 W Mockingbird Ln, Ste 1000E, Dallas, TX 75247.