With the underlying goal of taking back their community from violence, drugs and hopelessness, the J.E. Clark Student Council has initiated a campaign titled, “Aspire to GO HIGHER” in Education under the direction of Mr. Willie Wood, a fourth-grade teacher at Clark.
The school held an “Aspire to GO HIGHER” in Education Rally on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 with Guest Speaker, WDIV Local 4 News Anchor Rhonda Walker, providing an inspiring message to students.
School leaders kicked-off the rally with a balloon release and welcome letter from Michigan State Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan.
A video presentation was showcased with special messages from program supporters including: Rhonda Walker; U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow; U.S. Senator Carl Levin; President Portia Shields, Tennessee State University; President John Rudley, Texas Southern University; President John Ammons, Florida A & M University; President William Harris, Alabama State University; and nationally-syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner.
The event also featured Step Show performances by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity of Eastern Michigan University and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority of Michigan State University.
The “Aspire to Go Higher Pledge” was led by Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools.
The J.E. Clark Student Council is now ready to take their message of “college readiness” all the way from Detroit to the nation’s capital.
“The goal of our campaign is to make a difference in our community by changing the culture of our community,” says the J.E. Clark Student Council. “We believe that with the right messaging, partnered with positive experiences and exposure, and the support of influential members of our community, we can create a community culture where ALL school-age children are inspired to become life-long learners, college graduates, and ultimately productive citizens in our community.”