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A Special Treat for a Special Little Guy

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This is guest blog post from Stacy Johnson, mother of Ayden, a Kidd’s Kids family who experienced the trip of a lifetime to Disney World in 2012.   Southwest is the official airline of Kidd’s Kids, providing travel for chronically ill and/or physically challenged children to an all-expense paid vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. As a mother of three, we are... read more

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Greening up the Blue Planet

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I serve as president and CEO of Earth Day Network, and as you might guess from the name of our organization, a healthy Earth is the place we LUV the most. That’s why we work with select corporate sponsors like Southwest Airlines to provide civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national, and global levels.  One of the core principles shared by Southwest and EDN... read more

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act

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This week the Civil Rights Summit was held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.  If you ask why the Johnson Library, then you don’t realize that when President Johnson was a United States Senator from Texas, he voted against every civil rights bill that came his way. ... read more

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A Dream in the Making

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All across the country each year, Southwest Airlines Pilots volunteer their time to participate in the Southwest Airlines Adopt-a-Pilot Program.  The program educates fifth-grade students through aviation-themed activities related to science, geography, math, writing, and other core subjects.  Nine years ago, I was one of those students sitting in the classroom.  At that... read more

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Fifteen Years of Making a Difference at the Ronald McDonald House

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Every Friday night for the past 15 years, I’ve volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House New York.  I first started volunteering because I knew I enjoyed giving much more than receiving.  In all honesty, I walked into something that I never could have envisioned, and far beyond my initial expectations. Over the years, I’ve seen heartbreak and challenge as families come... read more

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Know the Plan Before Severe Weather Strikes

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Monitoring the weather is an inherent part of the aviation industry, and at Southwest we do our best to be prepared for any situation.  Similar to a Company’s proactive efforts, it’s important to have a personal plan that you and your family members are familiar with before severe weather arises.  Emergency plans help prevent needless confusion and injuries.  Here are a... read more

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The Ticket to Graduation

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For the past ten years, Southwest has helped hundreds of students reach their dreams with higher education.  Those dreams can be difficult to reach when students don’t have access to the travel needed to stay connected with family.  For many Latino students, the inability to stay connected to family while attending a college far from home can make the difference between... read more

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Adopt-A-Pilot Program: Helping Fifth Graders Reach New Heights

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What draws me to Adopt-A-Pilot is the excitement and curiosity of all my students.  Their faces light up whenever I visit the classroom.  Their parents write to me and pull me aside to tell me what an impact our program has made on their children’s lives. The children’s grades improve; they are more excited to learn; they realize that their dreams are within reach.  I... read more

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Heart of the Community

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About three years ago, we started on a journey in the Community Outreach Department at Southwest, speaking with our Employees and our Leaders about what mattered to them and where they thought Southwest Airlines could make the most difference in people’s lives and where they’d like to see Southwest lead as a corporate citizen.  What rose to the top from those interviews... read more

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Lending a Hand to our Neighborhood School

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The following is a guest post from Customer Relations Employees Gary Reyes and Trent Wilkins. Over the past year, the Customer Relations and Rapid Rewards Department (CR/RR) has taken the initiative to share LUV with our neighbors—the wonderful students and staff of Maple Lawn Elementary School, which has been educating children at the corner of Cedar Springs and Inwood... read more

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