Sandy’s ScholarTrips

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Sandy with StudentsDo you know about Sandy’s ScholarTrips? Named in honor of retired CISDR President & CEO, Sandy Chavarria, this project provides a summer trip experience for CISDR students – expanding their horizons above and beyond the classroom. Last June, CISDR staff planned three respective trips for elementary, middle and high school students who might not otherwise see the world beyond their own neighborhoods.

“For some of these students, they felt that their world was limited to the confines of their neighborhood, the limits of the city in which they resided. This opportunity showed them that they have endless possibilities… and that these possibilities are all within reach!”
— Marissa Mendez”
“The trip helped open my eyes to what’s out there. It encouraged me to explore more and don’t hold back.”
— Cassandra G., 12th Grader

2016 ScholarTrips

Washington, DC

Ten CISDR high school students and two staff flew to Washington, DC for three days of fun and learning in our nation’s capital. The 11th and 12th graders from Thomas Jefferson and Bryan Adams High Schools got a tour of the city, including the Smithsonian Institution and Howard University.

Fossil Rim Overnight Trip

In June 2016, 12 CISDR middle school students and two staff went to Glen Rose for an overnight camping trip. The 7th and 8th graders from Houston and Lady Bird Johnson Middle Schools 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.

Fossil Rim Day Trip

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

Get Involved

If you would like to donate to help send a student on a this year’s trip, please contact Lisa Laughlin at or 214-827-0955 ext. 267 or feel free to mail to CISDR SSTrips, 1341 W Mockingbird Ln, Ste 1000E, Dallas, TX 75247.