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Penciling In Charity

Six Flags donates school supplies to Mission Arlington

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    by Bruce Felps

    It’s not all fun and rides out at Six Flags Over Texas.

    Park management and employees apparently have a serious side, and soft spot, when it comes to helping underprivileged kids succeed in school.

    The amusement park teamed up with Mission Arlington to help make sure some area kids have the supplies necessary to achieve in school, and probably the most basic of supplies is the No. 2 pencil, and is there now or was there ever such a thing as a No. 1 pencil?

    Park officials set out to collect and donate 7,210 pencils — an odd even number but OK — to Mission Arlington. The drive amassed 51,931 writing-and-erasing implements, and the drop goes down today.

    Six Flags representative Bugs Bunny — who knows a thing or two about the power of the pencil — leads a delegation today to present the pencils to Mission Arlington workers.

    The donation, though, fills but a portion of the school supplies needs-list, like, they could use a whole bunch of pencil bags to hold all those writing utensils.

    Can you help a bunny out?


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He doesn’t remember the last time he used a pencil.