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Tarrell Jones, also known as TJ, has a special talent of making you smile. He has a bright and bubbly personality that continues to stay with you throughout the day. He is a proud first grader at Toomer Elementary School this year, where he transitioned from special education to the general classroom. He attends class daily with the help of a special educator, but strives to do most activities on his own. “He is the sunshine of our classroom when he comes in the morning. He always has a bright smile, and he always wants to participate in everything we do, academically and physically,” says his teacher, Ms. Ringer. When asked what he enjoys most about school, he responds with “everything in first grade, not kindergarten… because it’s awesome.”
Tarrell is loved and acknowledged in the school for his humor, energy, and the joy he brings to those around him. He is a very confident and does not let his physical limitations hold him back from regular activities. He enjoys being active in the playground, as he interacts with friends and often rides the slide with his teacher. In fact, Tarrell’s favorite class is PE, where he participates in various sports. “I love playing basketball, and tennis, and dodgeball, and baseball… and only a little bit of football,” TJ says. In addition to sports, TJ loves spending time on the computer, especially typing, youtube, and games.
One special memory that Ms. Ringer has of TJ is when the class was learning about different cultures around the world. Ms. Ringer shared videos of different dance cultures, and asked students to demonstrate them in front of the class. TJ volunteered and performed his version of a Hawaiian dance, and simply blew everyone away. The whole class was entertained as TJ danced his heart out and even teachers down the hallway came in to watch him. “It was a sight to see,” Ms. Ringer says, “and I think that made his day, because he kept on dancing all day throughout the hall.”
TJ has a great presence in the classroom, and is very intelligent. He works very hard in his studies, as he pushes himself to excel. Ms. Ringer sees a bright future for TJ as she says, “Physically, Tarrell may be challenged. However, academically, what a bright and shining star he is and will be in his academic career.” TJ is a special student that you must meet in person. He is a joy to be around and has a great energy that spreads to everyone around him.
Chances are, when you hear the name James Bond, your thoughts instantly turn to spies, cool cars, hi-tech gadgets and a certain tall and dashing, tuxedo-clad secret agent. But how often does that name leave you with thoughts of Atlanta Public Schools?
If you’ve called any APS phone number recently, you’ve probably made that connection. James Bond is the Cool Kid with the big voice customers now hear when they call district phone numbers. When callers are placed on hold, the fourth grader’s news updates keep them informed about what’s happening in the district.
James is excited to deliver the news for APS. “I like informing all the parents about the changes happening in the APS schools,” James says. But more importantly, he realizes that his news bites serve a purpose. “This is important, because it helps people so that they’ll be ready when it’s time to go back to school.”
When he’s not keeping parents informed, the straight-A student spends his time doing kid stuff. This summer James participated in a future space explorer program as part of Xanadu, the APS enrichment camp for gifted students. James learned a lot about rockets at Xanadu. But for him, the best part of the camp was combining those lessons with his creativity to build water and gunpowder rockets.
James is also a Lego enthusiast who can build just about anything with the miniature bricks. And his fascination with robots has prompted him to experiment and teach himself about the world of robotics.
This interest in design, construction and experimentation suggests that James’ future lies somewhere in science and technology. In fact, he says science is his favorite subject, and his professional goals include creating the first non-air propelled Hubber-craft.
James attends West Manor Elementary school, and has been an APS student since first grade.
Budding scientist and inventor James Bond is the APS Cool Kid for this week.
Since the age of 7, Lucy Leonard has spent part of each summer vacation in the same way.
Located only four hours outside of Atlanta, yet still worlds away, the Henry Grady High School recent graduate is a veteran at YMCA’s Camp Thunderbird, located in North Carolina. Learning lifelong lessons and developing valuable friendships year after year as a camper, this year Lucy has chosen a summer of service, spending the next few weeks as a camp counselor. Lucy hopes to further develop her leadership and management skills while teaching other youth skills that they can carry back to the classroom in the fall.
So how does she describe being responsible for a cabin of twelve 14 year old girls? “I find them both fun and challenging,” says Lucy.
This year, her counselor responsibilities have taken her to the challenge course, where she teaches young campers how to climb, rappel, and zipline.
Come August, Lucy will head to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Having earned a merit-based scholarship to Tulane, she is currently pondering studying anthropology, international relations or journalism. Lucy is very interested in travel, writing, and photography and developed her sharp newsroom skills while serving as the associate managing editor of The Southerner, Grady High School’s award winning newspaper.
Always seeking a new challenge, Lucy hopes to further her journalistic experience at the Tulane Hullabaloo, the university’s student newspaper. Lucy has applied for the Hullabaloo’s Summer Journalism Experience, which would give her an advance taste of news writing in the Big Easy.