Family alumni of one Southwest Detroit school “pay it forward,” by donating $10,000 for field trips, educational purposes, extra-curricular activities at instrumental alma mater

TwainA Multi-purpose room was renamed and dedicated at Mark Twain School for Scholars in honor of longtime lunchtime assistant, PTA President/Secretary Fay Hines on Friday, June 13.

The family of alumni who attended the former Boynton School and credit their success, in part, to their education at the Southwest Elementary, have pledged financial support of $10,000 or more over the next five years for the school, now re-named Mark Twain School for Scholars.

“As a native of the Southwest Detroit neighborhood and a 1977 graduate of Boynton Middle School, it is with great pleasure that I reconnect with my alma mater,” said alumnus Daniel S. Hines, DDS. “Although it has been quite a while since I walked the Boynton halls, remembering the quality education I received and cherishing the wonderful memories built there is a regular thing for me. I trust that the academic standards remain high and that the kids from my old neighborhood are being prepared to excel in high school and beyond. I am a practicing dentist in Washington, DC and I owe a lot of my achievement to caring teachers I had at Boynton.”

“After sending her 14 children through Boynton School as a homemaker, my mom served over 20 years at Boynton as a lunchroom attendant in the cafeteria and as a teacher’s assistant in the classroom,” Dr. Hines wrote in a letter to Principal Linda Whitaker. “For many years she served in various PTA positions at Boynton, including PTA president and PTA secretary. She was very significant in the lives of countless students. To say she was a positive influence in Boynton’s history is an understatement. She trusted her family to be educated there and then gave the remaining years of her life to Boynton in order to be of support to other families in the Southwest Detroit community.

It is only fitting that we, her children, pledge our support to Boynton in order that it can continue to produce well educated students who become productive members of Detroit and other communities. Among my siblings, we hold over 20 college degrees and countless certifications in specialized studies, spanning fields of business management, medicine, information technology, education, sales, military, and mechanical. We are all married with children and have a firsthand appreciation for the value and effect of an education. We are willing and able to support the mission of Boynton and offer our resources to help ensure that it remain viable in the Detroit Public Schools system.”

Detroit Public Schools’ Mark Twain School for Scholars is a gifted and talented program that offers an International Baccalaureate educational experience. The program emphasizes an accelerated instructional design that is academically challenging in curriculum yet aligned with each child’s ability to prepare them for an optimal learning environment. Students will have the opportunity to obtain high levels of personal growth for their transition from pre-school to high school programs. The school’s blue print for success is to produce students who are “camera ready” to meet the challenges of interacting with other students striving for advance placement in secondary educational programs and meet the 21st Century expectations.

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