Ebby Halliday Elementary Starts the School Year Strong


Agents of Ebby Halliday Companies Deliver Backpacks, School Supplies for Every Student at DISD’s Ebby Halliday Elementary

The Ebby Halliday Companies is built on a foundation of generosity, extending back to the days when Ebby Halliday herself was running the iconic residential real estate brand. Now a new generation of agents have readily adopted her personal mantra, “Do Something for Someone Every Day,” and are living it out in a variety of ways.

A most recent example is the Back-to-School Backpack Drive initiated by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. Agents were given school supply lists for Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas, and asked to provide. 

The company’s more than 30 offices quickly responded and within a week, hundreds of backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and more, were being delivered to the school – in plenty of time for Meet the Teacher night on August 12.

CEO & President Chris Kelly was quite pleased by the effort.

“Given what we’ve asked the children in our communities to endure and overcome these past 18 months,” said Kelly, “helping get their school year off on the right note is the least we can do to contribute towards their success. I am incredibly proud of how the entirety of the Ebby Halliday Companies rallied around the challenge issued by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.”

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young are EHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officers as well as sales leaders with Ebby Halliday’s offices in Rockwall and Forney, and Southwest Dallas, respectively.

“The Council’s goal was to gather 650 backpacks and we beat that by three!” said Kidd. ”We also have additional supplies for almost 100 more students.”

“Our mission with community outreach efforts like this is twofold,” Kidd continued. “We want to encourage both internal growth among our agents, staff and executives, and growth among our own community members. We want to ensure they have the opportunity to bridge generational wealth gaps. This mindset can start as early as Kindergarten.”

Added Young, “In addition to this, committee members have already identified a few key areas in North Texas where we plan to hold educational seminars regarding credit and lending, and host other beneficial programs. The potential to own a home should be for everyone.”

Ebby Halliday Elementary opened in August 2011 as part of a 2008 DISD bond package. The two-story, environmentally-friendly school is set in a rural-like area called Rylie where manufactured homes and horses are a common sight. Just behind the school, bulldozers prepare lots for a large single-family housing development, perhaps a sign of hope for community members that owning a home can be for them, too. 

Plan Your Tax-Free Weekend Shopping


School backpack and school supplies with chalkboard background. Education or back to school concept.

 

Tax-free weekend is days away, and just in time for back-to-school shopping. Are you ready?

 

This year’s Sales Tax Holiday will happen Friday, August 9, through midnight Sunday, August 11. But remember, the tax exemption is only available on certain items under $100. Computers and software are not tax-exempt.

 

Tax-free items include: 

• School supplies
• Art supplies
• School instructional materials
• Clothing and footwear less than $100 per item
• Backpacks

 

Shopping with Mom

 

The best ways to save money on tax-free weekend:

• Planning ahead
• Making a list of items you need
• Looking for the best sales in your area
• Checking for coupons (printable or online)
• Maximizing price match programs where available.

 

Good luck and happy shopping!

Special Delivery: Christmas Cheer


Christmas Cheer

 

Members of the Ebby Halliday Realtors family recently delivered toys and gifts for the excited and deserving students at Ebby Halliday Elementary School.

 

The gifts were handpicked with care by Ebby employees based on the wish lists of the children. Gifts ranged from clothing and dolls to Legos, sports gear and flashcards.

 

Special Delivery: Christmas Cheer

 

Ebby’s namesake school is a multi-cultural community of parents, stakeholders and staff in the Dallas Independent School District dedicated to the development of a respectful and supporting learning environment.

 

Ebby, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 104, believed strongly in the value of education. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Through education, perseverance and just plain hard work – and the ever-growing and accomplished team she assembled around her – Ebby went on to create what is today America’s 12th-largest residential real estate company by sales volume.

 

Special Delivery: Christmas Cheer

 

In her book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” by Michael Poss, Ebby advised readers to “Make the most of opportunities to learn. Go to college, take special courses, read, listen, observe, and get out there and participate.”

 

Ebby’s advice remains sage for young students like those at Ebby Halliday Elementary and older ones alike. At Ebby Halliday Elementary, students are challenged each and every day to reach their full potential as responsible individuals.

 

Special Delivery: Christmas Cheer

 

We’re proud to support the great kids at Ebby Halliday Elementary not only this holiday season, but year-round, and send our warmest wishes to the children, teachers, administrators, and their families.

 

Christmas Cheer

Special Delivery: Christmas Cheer

Special Delivery: Christmas Cheer

Special Delivery: Christmas Spirit


Special Delivery: Christmas Spirit

 

Members of the Ebby Halliday Realtors family delivered toys and gifts for the excited and deserving students at Ebby Halliday Elementary School today.

 

The gifts were handpicked with care by Ebby employees based on the wish lists of the children. Gifts ranged from clothing and dolls to Legos, sports gear and flashcards.

 

Ebby’s namesake school is a multi-cultural community of parents, stakeholders and staff in the Dallas Independent School District dedicated to the development of a respectful and supporting learning environment.

 

Ebby, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 104, believed strongly in the value of education. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Through education, perseverance and just plain hard work – and the ever-growing and accomplished team she assembled around her – Ebby went on to create what is today America’s 12th-largest residential real estate company by sales volume.

 

In her book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” by Michael Poss, Ebby advised readers to “Make the most of opportunities to learn. Go to college, take special courses, read, listen, observe, and get out there and participate.”

 

Ebby’s advice remains sage for young students like those at Ebby Halliday Elementary and older ones alike. At Ebby Halliday Elementary, students are challenged each and every day to reach their full potential as responsible individuals.

 

We’re proud to support the great kids at Ebby Halliday Elementary not only this holiday season, but year-round, and send our warmest wishes to the children, teachers, administrators, and their families.

Ebby Team Shares Love of Reading with Students


Schools across the Dallas Independent School District celebrated literacy and honored the legacy of children’s author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) on March 2, which marked what would have been his 113th birthday. Volunteers, including several from Ebby’s corporate office, visited campuses to read to students and help with Seuss-themed activities.

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

Social Media Coordinator Alison Glander, Marketing Project Manager Maria Cross, IT Specialist Janelle McEachern and Web Implementation Manager Ruth Johnson all took time out of their busy schedules to share their love of reading – and their belief that reading can opens the doors to great opportunities and adventures – with the students of the southern Dallas elementary school named for our company’s founder, Ebby Halliday Acers.

 

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

Ebby, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 104, believed strongly in the value of education. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Through education, perseverance and just plain hard work – and the ever-growing and accomplished team she assembled around her – Ebby went on to create what is today America’s 10th-largest residential real estate company by sales volume.

 

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

In her book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” by Michael Poss, Ebby advised readers to, “Make the most of opportunities to learn. Go to college, take special courses, read, listen, observe, and get out there and participate.” Ebby’s advice remains sage for young readers like those at Ebby Halliday Elementary and older readers alike.

 

Ruth Reading Small

 

Ebby Halliday Elementary School is a multi-cultural community of parents, stakeholders and staff dedicated to the development of a respectful and supportive learning environment. Students are challenged each and every day to reach their full potential as responsible individuals. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be a part of supporting the great kids at Ebby Halliday Elementary and look forward to seeing them excel in school – and in life.

 

PHOTO AT TOP: Ebby Halliday Elementary Community Liaison Ingrid Baylon, Ebby Application System Specialist Janelle McEachern, Ebby Social Media Coordinator Alison Glander, Ebby Web Implementation Manager Ruth Johnson, Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading and Writing Instructional Coach Claudio Jara, Ebby Marketing Project Manager Maria Cross, and Ebby Halliday Elementary Math and Science Instructional Coach Veronica Bravo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Something for Someone Every Day


Do Something for Someone Every Day

 

One of the great passions of Ebby Halliday Acers’ life was service to the community she proudly called home. Ebby, who founded Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945 and passed away last year, left an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy to her adopted community of North Texas.

 

While Ebby helped thousands of people during her lifetime, she had a special place in her heart for young people. Ebby did not have children of her own, but she helped educate and support many children, teenagers and young adults.

 

In an effort to further our founder’s impact on North Texas, Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Corporate Office “adopted” students at Ebby’s namesake school in southern Dallas, Ebby Halliday Elementary, to ensure they have gifts of their own this holiday season.

 

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, remarked, “Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby was touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived her life. Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by, ‘Do something for someone every day.’ As we reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017, we’re more committed than ever to honor Ebby’s extraordinary legacy through exemplary service to our clients, industry and community.”

 

 

PHOTO: Teacher Assistant Leticia Garcia, Principal Tangela Carter and Teacher Assistant Ojaciel Villa visited Ebby Halliday Realtors President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson to pick up hundreds of presents for the students at Ebby Halliday Elementary.

 

 

 

At Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading Opens Doors


At Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading Opens Doors

 

This past Friday members of the Ebby Halliday family spent the morning reading to students at Ebby Halliday Elementary.

 

At Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading Opens Doors

 

Sales Manager Terri Wheeler of Ebby’s Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Office, Preston Center Associate Howard Roth, 190-Richardson Associate Dawn Redmond, Southwest Dallas/Ellis County Associate Karen James and eResource Manager Pamela Young all took time out of their busy schedules to share their love of reading – and their belief that reading can opens the doors to great opportunities and adventures – with the students of the southern Dallas elementary school named for our company’s founder, Ebby Halliday Acers.

 

At Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading Opens Doors

 

Ebby, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 104, believed strongly in the value of education. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Through education, perseverance and just plain hard work – and the ever-growing and accomplished team she assembled around her – Ebby went on to create what is today America’s 10th-largest residential real estate company by sales volume.

 

At Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading Opens Doors

 

In her book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” by Michael Poss, Ebby advised readers to “Make the most of opportunities to learn. Go to college, take special courses, read, listen, observe, and get out there and participate.” Ebby’s advice remains sage for young readers like those at Ebby Halliday Elementary and older readers alike.

 

 

Ebby Halliday Elementary School is a multi-cultural community of parents, stakeholders and staff dedicated to the development of a respectful and supportive learning environment. Students are challenged each and every day to reach their full potential as responsible individuals. We’re proud to be a part of supporting the great kids at Ebby Halliday Elementary and look forward to seeing them excel in school – and in life.