ARLINGTON SCHOOLSDistrict seeks volunteers for committee on capital needsParents, employees, students and other community leaders are encouraged to apply for the school district’s new Capital Needs Steering Committee.The committee will provide recommendations to district trustees for future capital needs in facilities, technology, transportation, fine arts and other areas. The positions are voluntary, and the 38 appointments will be made at the Sept. 5 board meeting. Committee members will review demographic information and data, examine future trends, engage the community, and review background information on the condition, adequacy and usage of current capital items.The first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 16. Apply at aisd.net/temp/business. — Monica S. NagyDistrict communications director announcedAfter serving as communications coordinator for the school district for more than five years, Leslie Johnston has been appointed as the new communications director.Johnston has served as interim director since former director Amy Casas left in March. Johnston said she is excited to finally have the official title and looks forward to working Arlington schools and sharing district happenings. “We are really going to focus on internal communication — work with our employees to make sure they know all the good and also the problems in the district,” she said. Johnston grew up in Arlington and attended schools in the district before receiving her bachelor’s of science in public relations from the University of Texas at Arlington, and later earning a master’s of educational leadership from UT Arlington. — Monica S. Nagy ARLINGTON Rangers to make pitch for blood donations MondayThe Rangers will salute blood donors and recipients Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington during their second annual Carter BloodCareNight.Retired Army Spec. Thomas Guerrero will be on hand to represent blood donors. He began donating blood at age 17 during basic training to help other soldiers. He completed eight years of service, including two years in Iraq.An avid Rangers fan, Guerrero will help the team inform fans of how important blood donation is and direct them to contact Carter BloodCare at 800-366-2834 to plan a time to donate.Blood donations will not be taken at the ballpark. — Shirley JinkinsRangers telecast, game will support tornado victimsFox Sports Southwest and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will host a special benefit Tuesday during the Houston Astros-Texas Rangers telecast to raise funds to support victims of the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma and North Texas in May.The Granbury Chamber of Commerce, working with the foundation, has arranged for first responders, their guests and two families who were victims of the tornado to be taken by bus from Granbury to the game to be recognized in the opening ceremonies. The presentation will include the Granbury High School Marine Corps JROTC color guard and a presentation to Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds. Rancho Brazos resident Alfonzo Hernandez has been asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.An online auction will be part of the Rangers Live pregame show at 6:30 p.m. and the game broadcast at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by John Rhadigan. He’ll provide updates throughout the night from the Captain Morgan Club at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Auction items range from VIP sports packages to T-shirts. — Staff reportParks at Arlington, Hulen Mall to host Labor Day blood drivesThe Parks at Arlington mall and the Hulen Mall in Fort Worth will both be hosting Carter BloodCare from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 for a Labor Day blood drive.Donors will receive a pair of movie tickets and be registered to win additional gifts.The Carter registration table will be set up on The Parks mall’s lower level in the Samsung Galaxy Center court. The donor bus will be in the parking lot near Entrance 5.Hulen Mall donors can sign up at the registration table near Dillard’s. A donor bus will be at the Overton entrance.Appointments are not necessary but can be scheduled at 800-366-2834 or carterbloodcare.org. Individuals with appointments will be given priority. — Shirley Jinkins
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