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PACE's calendar has been set for the 2014 - 2015 season.  Watch this space for news of special events!!!



PACE 2015 African American Read-In


The PACE 2015 African American Read-In was held on February 22, 2015 at the Josey Ranch Lake branch of the Carrollton Public Library.  The guest speaker was Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District educator Mrs. Michelle Bailey.  She spoke of the need for parents to encourage their children to read. There were readings and recitals from members of PACE. 


Also on the program was an outstanding local performance by Jennifer White Miller who enterained and educatated the audience with a monologue and song performance about Harriet Tubman.  International artist Robin Perry also entertained the audience with a poem by Nikki Giovanni


Program History

At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee's recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nation-wide Read-In on the first Sunday of February.  At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee.  It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations.  The commitment for nation-wide promotion extends from 1990 to the present.


In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain. The campaign has also been endorsed and supported by the International Reading Association.  Persons receiving African American Read-In packets share the information with others, thereby creating a "chain" of readers whose numbers would grow to well over 5.5 million by the year 2014.


Donations of new and slightly used books are being were received from PACE members and members of the public.  More than 60 of these books were given to children in the audience.



Light refreshments were served after the Read-In.     


Reading lists are below.



PACE 2014 Christmas Gala


The PACE annual Christmas Gala was held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 14315 Midway Rd in Addison, Texas.  The evening consisted of a buffet dinner featuring wonderfully prepared pan seared chicken breasts and grilled tilapia; dancing to the music of  DJ Jeffery Vickers; a silent auction featuring electronics, sports memorabilia, a hotel stay, jewelry, artwork, and many, many more items; games with many giveaways.  We were well entertained until midnight. 



Prior to the awarding of bids for the silent auction items, there was a raffle drawing for a 40" Samsung HD TV.  The drawing was held by the Pacettes, the girls' group of the PACE organization.  The Pacettes raised enough funds to pay for their activities for the upcoming year. Right on to the Pacettes!!!


September Meeting


The first meeting of PACE's 2014 - 2015 season was held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Josey Ranch Branch of the Carrollton Public Library. 


Members discussed events for the upcoming year and assigned tasks associated to those events. 


The first event the organization will host will be the annual membership rush.  It will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Josey Ranch Branch of the Carrollton Public Library.  The rush will be held from 4 - 5PM.  All African-American women who are interested in becoming a member of PACE should attend the rush. 


Another event discussed at the September meeting was the Christmas Gala to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 7PM till midnight.  There wil be a buffet dinner, dancing to the music of a local DJ, a silent auction, a raffle for cash, and a sing-along for prizes.  The public is invited to attend.  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased from any member or you may contact the event chairperson, Tracey Richardson at (469)585-6844.


Also discussed at the meeting was the African American Read-In which will be held in Febrary, 2015 at the library.  More information will be forthcoming as the event date approaches.

Annual PACE Planning Meeting


The annual PACE planning meeting was held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the home of member Lillie Lawrence.


Members began their day of planning by having a breakfast consisting of a variety of fruits and breakfast breads and pastries. 


After breakfast and fellowshipping members settled in to plan the upcoming year of activities. 


The meeting adjourned at 2:50PM with all agenda items addressed.

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