Thank you CANA and Be Encouraged.

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting life in such an unprecedented way, we are facing challenges that would not been imagined just four months ago.  While many of us are enduring as best we can, many of us are struggling just to survive.  The Claremont Addition Neighborhood Association (CANA) understands this on a very personal level.  On behalf of the CANA Board, its leaders, and volunteers, I want to thank you for your continued support even in these times.

I recently announced the kick-off of  CANA’s 2020 Fundraising/Membership Drive, and some of our volunteers have been reaching out to the neighborhood.   Several neighbors have already responded helping get our campaign off to a great start.  However, there may be some that want to contribute but are unable at this time.  We understand.  Know that you can join CANA and make donations at on our website at a later time at any time.  You can also support CANA by sharing our mission with your neighbors or mentioning us on your social media.

I’m proud to say that our leadership team has worked hard to support local causes, provide new resources, and engage with neighbors.  Our new website continues to evolve.  Our campaigns are becoming more organized and effective.  National Night Out has increased in participants and sponsorship each year.  Neighbors have met or exceeded every campaign challenge over the last two years.  We have more active volunteers than we have had in the last three years.  Membership is up and moving in a positive direction.

We’re doing everything we can to enhance our quality of life and create civic pride by creating a safer and more beautiful community – especially now.  But without you, none of it is possible.  These times remind us of just how interconnected we are.  So, we acknowledge you and thank you for being part of our community.

Finally, be encouraged.  Although the future has never felt so unpredictable, continue to encourage one another and build each other up.  May you and your family experience health, recovery, and peace in the days ahead.

Stay safe and well.


Jeffrey L. Bennett, Board President

Claremont Addition Neighborhood Association

Reading Partners Open House @ Bayles

Claremont Addition Neighborhood Association invites you to Join Reading Partners at Bayles Elementary School for an Open House in the reading center on Friday, January 24, 2020, 11:30am-2:00pm.

Together, Bayles and Reading Partners are supporting struggling readers in grades K-3 to master the skills needed to become proficient readers.

During the Open House, you will learn more about the Reading Partners program at Bayles, meet the staff, and complete a tutor registration if you are interested in joining the program.

Reading Partners needs 40 more volunteers to support students on their waitlist!

Bayles Elementary School, the first elementary school in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), was established in 1956. Bayles is dedicated to addressing the needs of all students to ensure academic success.

Reading Partners, a national nonprofit with a region in North Texas, is dedicated to helping children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.

We hope you can visit and join the movement to support students at our community school! You can learn more information and register at:

Reading Partners’ Site Open House at Bayles Elementary School

You can learn about this and other upcoming events on our website calendar at:




2019 – CANA is OUR Neighborhood Association

Greetings CANA!

Fall is upon us, and once again we prepare to join together for National Night Out (NNO) on October 1st at Bayles Elementary.  We are extremely grateful to Principal Gloria Kennedy and the Bayles Staff for accommodating this event on school grounds for a third year.  We would also like to thank 7 Eleven for providing food & water and Kona Ice for providing a truck for shaved ice purchases. Their participation is a milestone for CANA and our goal to increase collaboration with local businesses.

In the days leading up to National Night Out, I encourage each of us to ask ourselves: “What is a neighborhood association to me?  What can CANA do to be THAT for me?  Where do I fit in? Where can I fit in?”

For some, a neighborhood association is an organization focused on community safety.  For others, it should honor the neighborhood’s history while creating new traditions for future generations.  Awareness of public activities and governmental decisions that affect the neighborhood may be more important to one, while simply connecting with neighbors may be more important to another.  School support, property value stability, infrastructure improvement, neighborhood advocacy: there are many things we feel a neighborhood association should be.  In truth, a neighborhood association can embody these and many other roles for the community it serves.  What a neighborhood association ultimately is, however, depends on the neighborhood – the neighbor.  Us.

CANA – and any effort we put into it – is only as strong as its membership and the number of people willing to help.  So I’m asking each neighbor in Claremont Addition to become a member of the Association.  First, join CANA at:  Your support will only help CANA have a stronger impact in and for the community.  Secondly, tell us what CANA is should be to you.  We are constantly looking for ideas and ways to be better and bring the community actively together.  Thirdly, share your gifts, talents, skills, knowledge, time – whatever it is you have to give – with the neighborhood.  CANA is OUR neighborhood association.  There is a place to fit in; and where you fit only makes us stronger.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of you that have already made donations to our NNO campaign to support Bayles Elementary and encourage others to join the campaign.  Your support directly and positively impacts the lives of the young students at Bayles, and we are extremely grateful.

We are looking forward to the fellowship at National Night Out and the opportunity to share some of the things the CANA Board has been working on for our community.



Jeffrey L. Bennett, CANA Board President



National Night Out at BAYLES – October 2nd 6pm-8:30pm – THANK YOU!!!