TI employees teamed up with former Dallas Cowboy Ed “Too Tall” Jones and the United Way of Metropolitan of Dallas to help students gear up for back to school success at Trinity River Mission. This event marked the fourth “Nine for 90” event, one in a series of nine community service projects taking place between May 2014 and January 2015.

TI’s President of Education Technology Peter Balyta explains how to use the latest technology to a local student at the recent United Way “Nine for 90” event at Trinity River Mission. You can read about Peter’s first-hand experience in his blog on TI’s Corporate Citizenship website.

About 60 TI employees from the company's Education Technology business, Sales and Marketing and the Bangladeshi, Chinese, Hispanic, Indian and Vietnamese diversity groups took time out to help a group of kids have a positive back-to-school experience. The employees helped kids fill backpacks with supplies provided by TI. The volunteers also enjoyed playing a variety of games and working on goals with the kids for the upcoming school year.

"I think I speak for the entire group of volunteers when I say we left the Trinity River Mission, prouder of ourselves and prouder of our company for helping provide disadvantaged students with many of the tools they need to succeed this school year,” said Peter Balyta, president of TI's Education Technology.

The event was designed to help ease the back-to-school burden for 150 West Dallas students and their families, United Way of Metropolitain of Dallas, Texas Instruments and Atmos Energy joined together to show their support for local families educational needs, providing free calculators and school supplies, dental screenings, medical support and other resources for parents.

Each "Nine for 90" project is championed by one of the nine Dallas Cowboys legends who have participated in the United Way-NFL partnership in recent years. Various TI business units and diversity initiatives are providing volunteers for the monthly projects.

In May, TI Worldwide Facilities and Women's Initiative volunteers renovated offices and apartments at the Family Place Safe Campus in Dallas along with Dallas Cowboys legend Darren Woodson. Read more.

In June, employees from the Technology & Manufacturing Group, New Employee Initiative, Christian Values, and the Jewish and Muslim Initiatives fed homeless children and adults at the CitySquare Opportunity Center with Dallas Cowboys legend Randy White. Read more.

In July, TI employees and Troy Aikman joined other company volunteers and participants of the GENYOUth Foundation 2014 Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit and EXPO on July 16 at AT&T Stadium.