Making a Difference Essay

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English Composition II Interview, Writing Assignment January 16, 2013 Dan Micciche: Making a Difference Some attorneys in Dallas live in fancy houses, collect cars as they climb the corporate ladder and others use their professions to make a difference in the next generation. Most middle class Dallasites go about their business and never notice the crumbling middle school around the corner or the kids who go hungry before lunch. But Dan Micciche does. And Dan has made it his life’s work to help those very kids. Dan is a partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Texas Monthly magazine. Dan has lived in Dallas for 25 years. I first met Dan when he was canvassing our neighborhood seeking votes as he was running for DISD school board, district 3. Last year, Dan was elected to the Dallas school board with 64% of the vote, he was elated. He said “After three months of walking door-to-door it has been a real privilege to meet so many people who are so passionate about improving our neighborhoods and our schools. I have seen how a school can be transformed with the community joins together”. Dan is a man who is small in stature, serious and confident about his vision for Dallas. I asked him about the changes he made at Fannin Elementary and how much he knew about the BIC program; he seemed excited to discuss it. Dan told me he started and chaired his firm’s School Partnership Program with Fannin Elementary in Dallas which essentially “adopted” the school from 2015 to 2012. This included support through mentoring, tutoring, and working with the school to provide supplies and clothing. The program won the State Board of Education’s gold level award for community partnership in 2011. One of the first things Dan did as school board member was to implement BIC
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