GARLAND, Texas– ILTexas Garland High School hosted its third annual service expo event held March 24-25 at their campus. Representatives from community organizations and nonprofits in the Garland and Richardson area visited the campus where they set up booths in the gymnasium to meet students and share their group's missions.

City of Garland Mayor Scott LeMay was in attendance along with representatives from the Richardson Fire Department, Garland Police Department, and the Marine Corps, along with community organizations, and medical professionals.

“Others before yourself . . . that is something that is greatly undervalued,” LeMay said to the audience. “I hope that as you're studying, you're going to hear that you're learning that and that you're prepared to believe that because that really is what we do as public servants.”

ILTexas students also recognized local leaders who have made an impact in their community ranging from teachers, to doctors and nurses. 

The event featured an inflatable obstacle course and outdoor activities for students to participate in, and give them the opportunity to learn about issues affecting their age group such as teen driving safety. Students also helped knot plastic bags together to create blankets for the unhoused, and paint rocks with inspirational messages to spread around the community.

“[The service expo] really represents our school motto which is ‘others before self,’” said Sarah V., a sophomore at ILTexas Garland High School. “We are continuing to learn about other people and . . . put back service into the world as we intend to do here at ILTexas.”

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