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Dr. Todd Plott

Being able to go to New Orleans and physically work at helping others is an opportunity I could not pass up. I am a firm believer in giving back to the community in anyway that I can.

Keller, Texas (PRWEB) March 09, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Dream Center was founded to care for those who cannot care for themselves or do not have the resources to do so, including the poor, the sick, the needy and the physically challenged. Dr. Todd Plott of Dermatology Alliance Keller is part of a mission group from North Texas that will be working at the Dream Center March 11-15 to help get the facility open and provide life changing services to those in need.

The New Orleans Dream Center is based around a three pronged approach of practical help, fulfilling education and spiritual guidance. It is their stance that such a method can help pull those devastated to hope and restoration. Each year the center reaches over 1,000 individuals of various ages and cultures in providing them free services such as health care, adult education and after school programs.

Dr. Plott and other volunteers will also work with Project Green of New Orleans in sorting and assisting the recycling center to help both New Orleans and the environment. On the last day of the mission trip, they will do a prayer walk and Adopt-A-Block in the French Quarter.

“I am inspired by the opportunity to make an impact on people’s lives. Being able to go to New Orleans and physically work at helping others is an opportunity I could not pass up. I am a firm believer in giving back to the community in anyway that I can,” commented Dr. Plott, who also performs pro bono skin cancer screenings at schools in businesses in North Texas.

About Dermatology Alliance- Keller

Dr. Todd Plott opened Dermatology Alliance-Keller in May 2011 as a full service dermatology practice specializing in acne treatment, skin diseases and cosmetic correction of aging skin. Since entering private practice in the Dallas Fort Worth area in 2008, Dr. Plott married Dr. Angela Bowers-Plott, founder of Southlake Dermatology, and the two practices work closely together to provide the most advanced dermatology treatments and products to patients throughout Northeast Tarrant County. For more information, go to http://www.dermatologyalliancekeller.com or call 817-431-6555.


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School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

As school districts are facing massive budget cuts across the country, school programs, teachers and students are taking the hit.

Across the country, 120 school districts had, as of October, moved to four-day school weeks while others are canceling field trips, shuttering after-school programs and charging students to play sports.

The cuts are seen in Keller, Texas, where the district opted for a pay-for-ride transportation system versus cutting busing as a whole; In Georgia, where 20 days were slashed from the pre-kindergarten academic year; In California, where nearly half the districts axed or whittled away at art, drama and music programs.

But these are all reports from school officials — from the top down. To get a sense of how these cuts are really changing things, Teen newspaper L.A. Youth went straight to the source — students. They asked readers about budget cuts at their schools, and received more than 1,850 teen responses.

943b6 SCHOOL SURVEY School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

The survey asked students a series of 15 questions. Findings showed that nearly 60 percent of all students had to hand-copy information from an overhead because the school couldn’t afford paper to make copies. Half of all students also reported that their school didn’t have enough computers or functional computers, nor were their enough textbooks for each student.

School infrastructure showed to suffer the most in areas like restrooms, graffiti-covered walls, internal heating and cooling and classrooms and desks. Students also reported having to personally pay for sports uniforms more than other school items.

Most telling is the discrepancy between what students think schools should cut versus what school officials have on their to-ax lists. The top three items students said schools should cut are school newspaper or broadcast outlets, summer school and field trips — in that order. The last items on students’ “should-cut” lists, starting from the bottom, are teachers, administrators, “other,” guidance counselors and sports — all items that schools have shown to most commonly choose to cut first.

943b6 SCHOOL SURVEY School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

And of the respondents, 97 percent said they are planning to attend college, and 64 percent plan to apply to an in-state four-year public institution. Although just 13 percent said budget cuts affected their ability to get the classes they need to graduate, cuts to just programs and teachers — leading to fewer opportunities and larger class sizes — have shown to affect students’ college readiness.

According to a report released last October by the Campaign for America’s Future, evidence suggests that cuts to education funding are leading to cutbacks from early childhood education programs, increases in class sizes and termination of art, music, physical education and other elective subjects. Special programs are also being cut as a result — including those that assist students with special needs as well as Advanced Placement courses, extracurricular activities and special academic programs for science, foreign language and technology.

943b6 SCHOOL SURVEY School Budget Cuts: How Students Say Slashes Are Affecting Them

Mifflin County, Pa. is no exception to the phenomenon, according to PBS NewsHour. Facing a 12 percent drop in state funding and declining enrollment, the school district has closed 40 percent of its schools, dismissed 11 percent of its staff, increased class sizes and decreased the number of courses offered.

The $4 billion in cuts to Texas public schools last summer led to a huge hit to unemployment as hundreds of educators were laid off. An estimated $5 billion cut from California’s education budget would start with a hit to school busing programs.

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Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/la-youth_n_1277182.html

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