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The Annual Ford Freedom Awards Program, sponsored by Ford Motor Company in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum and Detroit News invites middle schools throughout Metro Detroit to encourage students in grades 4-8 to write an essay on a selected theme. This years subject was ” Men Of Courage”. Three of our middle schools produced four finalists: Golightly Education Center- 2 Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy -1 Wayne Elementary School-1 However, among a total of 14 finalists throughout Greater Detroit, the first place winner is Damond Dixon, a sixth grade student from Golightly Educational Center. He was awarded a $5,000 Scholarship from Ford Motor Company. Congratulations to Principal Shirita Hightower and to Golightly School Counselor Penny McKenzie who encouraged Damond to write when she heard about the relationship he had with his older brother Aaron,
The Detroit Public Schools District-Wide Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, March 1, at Renaissance High School. 2016 Spelling Bee winners include: Elementary Bee (a.m.) Syleena McPherson #20: Winner (Golightly Educational Center/4th grade) Ivana Green #9: Runner-Up (Cooke Elementary/5th grade) Middle School Bee (p.m.) Kevin Howard #15: Winner (Golightly Educational Center/8th grade) Cornelius Crawley #30: Runner-Up (Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy/8th grade) For more information, please contact the DPS Office of Literacy at 313-873-4992. Photography by: Harold Harris
The district kicks off its Application Schools Period Wednesday, February 24 for the 22 Application Schools, which range from a number of top-ranked schools by Excellent Schools Detroit to robust STEM programs such as Detroit International Academy, home of the Pink Panthers and all-girls robotics team, to language immersion programs, including those offered at Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School. The month-long Application Schools period runs from February 24 to March 23. Applications are open to families of current DPS students as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere. The Application Schools are as follows: Academy of the Americas (K-8) / Academy of the Americas (9-11) Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Elementary-Middle School Bates Academy Benjamin
Motown Recording Artist KEM assisted 2nd grade students at Golightly Educational Center on Friday, January 29 with their water drive to help those affected by the Flint Water Crisis. The student water drive began two weeks ago at the school. Students in LaWanda Anner’s 2nd grade class wrote essays about the Flint Water Crisis and ways they can show their support and help those in need. The Ford Dearborn Truck Plant also donated a Ford F-150 that will be used to transport the water collected during the drive.
Several Detroit Public Schools students placed in the 2015 Michigan Social Studies Olympiad off-site competition on Wednesday April, 22. DPS off-site senior winners: Poster-Artistic Gold Medal: Maisha Rahman, Cass Technical High School Silver Medal: Darius Young, Cass Technical High School Commercial Art Bronze Medal: Maisha Rahman, Cass Technical High School Take a Stand Essay: Honorable Mention: Andrea Parks, Renaissance High School 2015 off-site intermediate winners: Take a Stand Essay: Bronze Medal: Riley Grice, Golightly Education Center Poster-Artistic Honorable Mention: Jalen Foster, Gompers Elementary-Middle School 2015 off-site elementary winners: Quiltathon Bronze Medal: Esmerelda Jimenez, Priest Elementary-Middle School Poster-Artistic Honorable Mention: Anthony Onwenu, Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy Poetry Honorable Mention: Christopher Miller, Vernor Elementary School The on-site competition will be held Saturday, May
The Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Literacy hosted the Inaugural District-Wide Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 26 at Renaissance High School. The top winners received a trophy and an iPad mini, sponsored by the DPS Foundation. Elementary winners: 1st place- Dakota Dorsey, 5th grade, Chrysler Elementary School Runner up- Mekhai Walker, 4th grade, Burton International Academy Middle School winners: 2nd place- Asia Noble, 8th grade, Dossin Elementary-Middle School Runner up- Kevin Howard, 7th grade, Golightly Education Center “We are proud of all of our spelling bee participants,” said the DPS Office of Literacy team. “To all of the Spelling Bee Coordinators and Instructional Specialists we thank you for all of your hard work and going above and beyond to conduct building-wide
Sherrell Hobbs, principal at Golightly Education Center, participated in the BOOK IT! National Young Readers Week Principal Challenge on Tuesday, November 11. National Young Readers Week is an annual event co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. According to BOOK IT!, a program that motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza, principals are challenged to commit one entire school day to reading, one day during National Young Readers Week. All principals who complete the challenge can send in photos of their day to enter for a chance to win copies of Author Jeff Kinney’s, “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” for their
Several Detroit Public Schools’ students won multiple scholarships at the First Independence Bank Scholarship Essay Contest on April 17. The event was held at the First Independence Bank Livernois branch on Detroit’s west side. High School Winners First Place-Deion Love, Renaissance High School, $2,000 Scholarship Second Place-Lauren Uddyback, Renaissance High School, $1,250 Scholarship Third Place-Clarissa Barksdale, Renaissance High School, $750 Scholarship Middle School Winners First Place-Jendayi Anderson, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS), $500 Scholarship Second Place-Jalen Nichols, Ludington Magnet Middle School, $150 Scholarship Third Place-Rageon Thomas, Ludington Magnet Middle School, $150 Scholarship Honorable Mentions Dipthu Sutradhar, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School Jalen Lykes, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School Tommie Wesley, Ludington Magnet Middle School
Golightly Education Center partnered with Athletes for Charity on Monday, December 9. Detroit Lions players Don Carey and Brandon Hepburn acted as Principals for the day and gave out over 600 books to Golightly students.
Golightly Education Center students team up with Experian employees to learn about healthy foods and gardening
Initiative kicked off with seed planting and the creation of a brand new Pizza Garden at the school On Thursday, May 16 at Golightly Education Center, students worked with Experian employees to kick off a new nutrition education initiative that includes the art of gardening, how to prepare healthy, homegrown foods, seed planting and the creation of a brand new “Pizza Garden.” The partnership began with a lesson for Golightly Education Center students from Farmer Minni Forman of Keep Growing Detroit on gardening and the life cycle of plants, as well as the importance of learning how to garden and grow vegetables that ultimately will end up on their dinner tables. Students planted seeds in small containers to take home and then joined together with Experian’s “Heart