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The first six months of 2019 have been busy, challenging, and exciting as we engaged with many alumni to advance the DAF mission of creating better futures for Dunbar students and graduates. In the area of Governance and Finance, our major work included approving changes to the Bylaws, receiving official approvals of the DAF name and logo trademarks, commencing the 2019 independent audit, and raising over $133,000 thus far this year.

We collaborated with school leadership on: the SY20 budget via the Local School Advisory Council; the Principal’s Discretionary Fund; and scholarships and financial aid to students. We also supported the choice of students for the National Honor Society, congratulated 120 seniors at graduation, and administered the Dunbar High School (DHS) Soccer Partnership fund. Continuing to highlight the history, we commemorated the memory of Paul Laurence Dunbar, produced a one page Fact Sheet on the Dunbar history and legacy, and sponsored a Recognition Luncheon for the newest Legends and Pioneers.

In outreach and engagement of classes, individuals and partners, DAF hosted fabulous 40th and 30th reunions of the Classes of ‘79 and ‘89 respectively and arranged for the class of 1969 in celebration of their 50th reunion to process with the 2019 graduates. Through a memorandum of understanding with the Federal City Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, DAF hosted Sisterhood and STOMP DAT events. The first U.S. Invitational Track and Field event was also sponsored with DAF and DHS and involved 18 schools from around the region.

With your on-gong participation in the last six months of the year, DAF will conduct a board retreat, complete the 2018 audit, help raise money to support the football team, host the 60th reunion of the class of 1959, sponsor Homecoming weekend activities involving past Principals, and conduct its year end conversation with students returning home from college.

All of you are encouraged to give generously of your time, talent, and treasure to the varied efforts towards achieving the DAF mission so that life will treat you royally. Keep a pluggin’ away!

Carrie Thornhill
Chair, Dunbar Alumni Federation

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