DALLAS, Jan. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas-based financial mogul and entrepreneur with a community-centric vision, Marcus Hiles, the CEO of Western Rim Property Services has always taken a stand for children with poor economic background, tirelessly advocating for the right of every youngster to receive the highest quality of education, with no discrimination to their family's socioeconomic status. Putting words into action, Hiles purchased over 3,000 backpacks - filled with binders, pencils, note cards and other school supplies - which he personally donated to children in need throughout the Dallas/Forth Worth area.
Charitable actions akin to Hiles' have become increasingly vital in recent years, as the city's inner-city school districts have struggled to overcome a 2011 decision by the state Legislature to cut $5.4 billion in education funding. Hit the hardest by the cuts were schools in low-income, urban communities, where minimal property taxes were unable to compensate for the budget loss. Since the controversial 2011 decision, these schools have lost an average of 12 percent of their full-time teachers, leaving students overcrowded and with less individual attention. As reported in the New York Times, the state of Texas considers 66 percent of students in the Dallas district at considerable risk of dropping out, and Marcus Hiles believes the city's youth must be afforded better opportunities. "For these children hailing from lower income families, a quality education plays a pivotal role in improving social mobility," Hiles elaborated. "Kindergarten through 6th grade is essential to the next generation's success."