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The crowd watched as the donors on stage twisted twelve shovels in the air, feigning a turn of the first scoop of dirt that would become the new sports area and outdoor plaza at Dallas International School’s upper campus, near the University of Texas at Dallas.

 

The ceremony was the centerpiece of a Saturday night of celebration, and was preceded by a reception to honor the contributions of select donors. The events were led by Bertrand Ferret, the school’s headmaster and CEO.

 

“The groundbreaking ceremony was an exciting way to celebrate the many improvements happening on both campuses, as well as launch the 25th anniversary of the school,” said Whitney Houston, the school’s director of advancement. “There was a buzz in the air and you could sense the excitement among all that attended.”

 

Everyone in attendance was treated to music, food and drinks as the annual welcome cocktail meshed together with the historic groundbreaking. The combination of events resulted in a palpable excitement in the room.

 

The sports area and plaza will feature a basketball court and play area.

 

“Saturday night was a big thank you to all of our supporters, parents and staff,” Houston said. “We want them to know that we appreciate all they do.”

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