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South Central Georgia Drifters Read to Students at Beecher Hills and Continental Colony Elementary Schools
By Seth Coleman
Members of the South Central Georgia chapter of The Drifters, Inc., and a legion of volunteers read to students at Beecher Hills and Continental Colony Elementary School this week, in honor of National Reading Month.
The Drifters, Inc. is a female community service organization founded in the 1950s. In keeping with its long term commitment to advocacy for children, The Drifter’s South Central Georgia chapter organized a two-day read-in event called “Reading Across the Curriculum” as a way to stress the importance of literacy in the community.
Along with members of The Drifters, other volunteer readers included Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall, Morehouse College administrator Brock Mayers, CBS46 Chief Meteorologist Jim Kosek, Headline News producer and President of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Cheryl Collier, Georgia Public Broadcasting anchor Deidre Johnson, and actresses Jasmine Burke, Danielle Deadwyler, and Dawn Halfkenny.
School: Continental Colony Elementary
Fritz Joseph is a Pre-K student at Continental Colony Elementary School of C. H.O.I.C.E. He enjoys listening to music, dancing, reading and exploring on the computer and his teacher’s iPad. Fritz’s favorite subject in school is music because he enjoys playing with the various instruments in class with his friends. He also enjoys learning with his peers and participating in hand-on-activities. Fritz is very active and likes to move around.
“Fritz is a phenomenal student,” says Christopher Strozier, Fritz’s teacher. “He follows directions and lends a hand to his classmates. In class Fritz loves to receive stickers and prizes for a job well done.”
At the beginning of the year Fritz was selected as the Student of the Month for August. Three goals Fritz has mastered this year are identifying his colors, numbers and shapes. He has exceeded in all areas. Fritz’s teacher also describes him as a developing leader. He exemplifies leadership qualities daily by leading the line throughout the building from the classroom to the cafeteria and opening doors for others. He is also a representative on the Student Government Association.
Outside of school Fritz is involved in his church. His ultimate goal in life is to be successful and become a college graduate.
Atlanta Public Schools hopes to cultivate more students like Fritz through its Pre-K programs. APS has 34 school sites, including Continental Colony, with 41 classes that serve more than 850 students in the traditional Pre-K program. In all, APS serves approximately 1,050 early education students, including 3- and 4-year-olds who have special needs and attend an APS Pre-K classroom.
Grade: 5th Grade
School: Cleveland Avenue Elementary
Zackariya is an active young-lady-in-training as part of the Just Be Beautiful, Inc. girls mentoring organization under the mentorship of Rita Simmons, who is also her gifted and talent-development teacher. Last school year, she enjoyed the weekly afterschool sessions where girls discussed a variety of topics including etiquette, character, friendship, health, cleanliness and other topics of interest.
“Zackariya is a young lady of great integrity and positive character. She embodies the very essence of great work ethics. Zackariya is self motivated and extremely responsible. She is an excellent representation for Just Be Beautiful, Inc. Girls Mentoring Organization,” Rita Simmons states.
For the past two years, Zackariya has been a student in the Gifted and Talent-Development Program at her school. As part of their economics unit, students in the class created a business. Zackariya created Kara’s Parties during her first year, and Parties 4 U the following year, in partnership with a few classmates for the Student Entrepreneur Business Showcase. Students were required to create their own business cards, logo, motto, decorations, and provide their own products to sell. The event was held in the school gymnasium, and students were invited to attend and purchase products from the budding entrepreneurs.
“I learned how to create a business plan, how to manage a business and student employees, and how to sell products and make a profit,” Zackariya says. She is looking forward to the Gifted and Talent-Development field trip in November to Orlando, Florida, where she will learn about marine biology.
Zackariya enjoys running in her free time, and her favorite subjects are math and reading. She hopes to become a teacher in the future because she enjoys helping her teacher with tasks, such as monitoring the classroom behavior chart. Zackariya’s teacher, Kimberly Lawrence, sums her up in one statement, “She’s like Channel 2 News – ‘dedicated, determined, and dependable.’”
Grade: 6th Grade
School: Inman Middle
Kai is an 11-year-old sixth-grade student at Inman Middle School. His favorite subject is science, and he enjoys all of his other subjects as well. One of his favorite hobbies is reading, and his favorite book series is “The Maze Runner” trilogy.
Sixth-grade English language arts teacher Mary Elizabeth Todd says, “Kai is a hard-working, creative and witty student who gets along well with peers, and is very likable.”
Kai is an athletic student, and plays tennis and soccer with the Inter Atlanta F.C. Blues. “I cannot wait until basketball season starts,” Kai says. He is passionate about music, and plays the trumpet in the Inman sixth- grade band and both school jazz bands.
A frequent traveler, Kai has visited various areas in the U.S. and numerous countries, including India, Japan, Thailand, Europe and South America. He hopes to eventually travel to all seven continents. Although Kai is allergic to dairy and nuts, he likes to cook and learns cooking skills from his mom.
“My favorite foods are pasta, buffalo wings and bacon,” he says.
Kai is a talented, active and creative student who displays great behavior at school, and is a great example to everyone around him.
School: Garden Hills Elementary
Jordan Boswell is new to Garden Hills , but he has already decided that the expansive school media center is one of his favorite places. The large windows and decorative walls inside the media center are alluring and inviting, and make it the perfect get-away for avid readers like Jordan.
The fourth-grader loves settling down with a good book, like his favorite read, “Charlie Bone and the Castle.” In fact, Jordan says he prefers spending his spare time reading more than watching television.
Incidentally, his life is probably just as intriguing as any book on the library shelves. For starters, Jordan, like his mother, was born in Ethiopia, and has dual citizenship. His grandmother – an American – traveled from the U.S. to Ethiopia as part of an expedition, and two generations later, Jordan entered the world. Although he was very young when he left Ethiopia, Jordan still remembers living in the family’s mud house, a standard type of dwelling in the African nation.
Jordan is number eight in a lineup of nine children . He says he is happy he belongs to such a large family, because visiting them allows him to travel all over the country. Of all the places he travels, Jordan likes visiting Chicago and Detroit the most, because he enjoys the snowy winters . In addition to playing in the snow and building snow angels, a trip up north in the winter allows Jordan to do one of his favorite things: join his siblings as they load into a canoe and race down the snow-covered hills.
Robbie Brown, Jordan’s teacher, calls him “an excellent student”; that’s good, because in order to succeed at his career goals, nothing short of excellence will do. Jordan’s grandmother, mother and uncle are physicians, and he wants to follow in their footsteps and become a doctor or brain surgeon when he grows up. Then again, since his father plays professional football, Jordan says a career in the NFL is another appealing possibility.
Brown says Jordan is an “inquirer,” and “he likes to learn new things.” Whether he’s suiting up for surgery, or charging down the gridiron, these traits will certainly serve this impressive student well.
The Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and Georgia Association of Instructional Technology (GAIT) co-sponsor the Georgia School Library Media Specialist of the Year award to recognize K-12 library media specialists whose services have resulted in exemplary library media programs.
In October, Sylvia Pierce presented library books to parents, students and teachers to use with the Georgia Common Core Math Standards. She took a group of Challenge students to see Dan Gutman, the 2012 Milner Award Recipient, at the Georgia World Congress Center on November 13, 2012, and in January she accompanied the Continental Colony Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team in their competition against Drew Charter Elementary School.
Each school system may select one library media specialist for this award. From those chosen for the school system level award, one media specialist is selected as the district (regional) Library Media Specialist of the Year. Each of the nine districts represents a different region of Georgia. The state Library Media Specialist of the Year is chosen from the district winners and will be announced the Georgia Council of Media Organizations conference (GaCOMO) in October.
Also, the nine district winners, along with their enablers, will be recognized and presented awards at GaCOMO. For more information on the award please visit the GLMA and GAIT websites at http://www.glma-inc.org and http://www.gait-inc.org Congratulations Mrs. Sylvia Pierce!
On Saturday, March 16, 2013, students representing 14 Atlanta Public Schools attended the 4th Annual Student Wellness Ambassadors (SWA) Leadership Academy. This event was held in conjunction with the Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S) Children’s Expo at the Adamsville Recreation Center. Focusing on the theme, “Fitness for the fun of it,” students participated in activities promoting healthy living by visiting vendor nutrition exhibits, racing in team relays, and dancing to the infamous “Let’s Move!” slide.
Featured speakers included Councilman C. T. Martin and Dr. Patricia Harris, Director of Fulton County Health Department, who shared the importance of developing healthy habits early on. Students from Mays and Therrell earned community service volunteer hours for assisting during the event. Students from Parkside, Coretta Scott King and Mays were featured as speakers on the program.
The APS Schools represented were:
Parkside, Garden Hills, Cont. Colony, Miles, Fickett, Cascade, Heritage, Hutchinson, Thomasville Heights, Scott, Peyton Forest, Young, Coretta Scott King, Bunche
Grade: 4th Grade
School: Continental Colony Elementary
Trevion is a 4th grade student at Continental Colony Elementary School of C. H.O.I.C.E. He enjoys playing football and basketball with his friends after school. He also enjoys creating presentations and being challenged. Trevion’s favorite subjects are math and science because he enjoys subjects that allow him to conduct extensive research and think critically.
“Trevion is a very exceptional student,” says Angela Barnes, Trevion’s teacher. “He always pushes himself to excel in anything he sets out to do.”
At the beginning of the year Trevion and his teacher set a goal for him to have straight A’s by the end of the 1st nine weeks. Each afternoon, while preparing for dismissal, Trevion would always have his book open as he read a passage or started his homework. Not only did Trevion accomplish his goal, but he exceeded it by making Principal’s List and joining the Glee Club. He was also nominated to run for an SGA office at his school.
Trevion’s teachers also describe him as a self-motivator, and his motivation is contagious. Trevion encourages his classmates to work hard, and he cheers when someone is successful.
“He is full of life,” Ms. Barnes explains. “He loves to make others happy, he is very helpful, he enjoys learning, but most importantly he likes to share his knowledge with others.”
Grade: 4th Grade
School: Springdale Park Elementary
How many 4th graders know how to create a website? Nikhel not only knows how, but is an International award-winner for his talent. His website submission passed the APS Student Media Festival, went onto the Georgia Student Media Festival, and won at the International Student Media Festival (ISMF) for Excellence in Media Production and Judges’ Favorite. The site was originally created for his Composer project in Music class, where he chose to focus on Reinhold Gliere, because his teacher said it would be a challenge.
“I had a lot of fun with it,” says Nikhel. “I’m happy about the award, but I’m happier about my website because it makes me feel really accomplished.” Nikhel created the website through Google, with a little support from his parents. He will have the honor of presenting his project at the Festival in Louisville, KY in the beginning of November. His goal is to be a computer programmer like his father, and prefers to work for Apple because he likes their products and designs.
Apart from his recent achievement, Nikhel is a challenge student who excels in all of his subjects. He enjoys learning new things, and math is his favorite subject. His hobbies include baseball, soccer, and traveling to India. With a bright mind, strong skillset, studious habits, and a great smile, Nikhel Krishna is a winner in every way!
Click to view Nikhel’s website.
Grade: 5th Grade
School: Hutchinson Elementary
Stephanie is a spry aspiring writer and singer. She has written a play called “The Living Color” and she is preparing to have it performed at her school. She enjoys writing dramas and sometimes likes writing comedies. She has been inspired by the Broadway hit musical “Fela!” which chronicles the life and music of Nigerian Afropop superstar Fela Kuti. Stephanie is also a singer and her favorite artists are Christina Aguilera and Adele. Her favorite subject in school is social studies as it gives her perspective on past events and how they relate to the present. Stephanie spends a good amount of time reading and writing and wants to be an attorney in the future. “I want to be a lawyer because I like helping people,” says Stephanie.
“There’s so much to be said about Stephanie. One of the things I noticed about her is her persistence. She wanted to make an appointment with me on several occasions because of her desire to start a drama club. After meeting with her, Stephanie did all the legwork to make the drama club happen. She had her team of children that wanted to be in the drama club, her efforts and leadership excite me. She wants to be a lawyer and I can see Stephanie being anything she wants to be and with her persistence, she will be a great lawyer,” says Principal Shuanta Broadway. “Stephanie shines. It is not enough for her just to be good. She has to be the best at whatever she decides to do. Stephanie loves the show ‘Glee’ and she is like the main character Rachel on that show. Just the epitome of drive, perfection and wanting to be the best singer-student we have here at Hutchinson,“ says Cassell Gray, general music teacher.
“She goes above and beyond,” exclaims Mr. Gray. “It’s a blessing to have a student like her. The writing and musical caliber that she carries, it’s an honor for me to be her teacher.”
Grade: 9th Grade
School: B.E.S.T. Academy High School
To say that Kamal Hughes is smart would be a gross understatement. The B.E.S.T. Academy freshman is enrolled in all honors classes, including AP biology—a class generally reserved for upper-classmen, and throughout his academic career his report cards have only featured the letter ‘A.’
Furthermore, the profound depth of his thoughts and his sheer knowledge of human nature, how the world works, and all things academic give the ninth grader an air of being wise beyond his years.
Kamal, an aspiring pediatrician, attributes a portion of his brilliance to genetics and a portion to hard work. Surprisingly, however, he attributes most of it to his excellent memory.
“It’s more memory than anything,” Kamal says. “Memory is the foundation.”
“I remember what I read and what I hear and see in class. I remember the explanations and examples from the book, then I figure out how to work out a problem. After that, I just remember the process and repeat it on tests.
“Whenever I first learn something–a person’s name, a definition, anything–I make a conscience effort to tell myself whether or not it’s something I need to remember. I believe most people can do the same thing if they really try; if you can remember rap songs and sports stats, you can remember something from class.”
What is the hardest class Kamal has ever taken?
“AP Biology,” he replies, interrupting before the full question is asked.
“Let’s just get that out of the way,” he says with a sly smile. “It- is- hard.”
Kamal’s AP Biology teacher, LaShonda Parker, believes that in addition to the intensity and rigor of the class, the class is challenging for Kamal because he skipped ninth grade biology and moved right into AP biology. But according to Parker, students like Kamal learn very quickly without missing a beat.
“Kamal works very hard, and it shows in his grades,” says Parker. “He has the second highest average in the class–a 94,” she adds.
Kamal’s thirst for knowledge continues to impresses Parker.
“He likes to know why things work the way they do, and once he discovers the answer, he always wants to know more,” she says.
She adds that Kamal’s constant quest for answers and solutions has left him with a wealth of knowledge that he is eager to share. Consequently, Parker allows Kamal to assist in teaching the AP Biology class.
Of course, all work and no play would make Kamal something close to an actual scientist, and not a teenager. So in his spare time he plays basketball, football and video games. And since he is very active on social media, he is quick to invite anyone interested in learning more about him to follow him on Twitter.