[caption id="attachment_24489" align="alignleft"]Spotlight Schools initiative grant recipient Eric Mahmoud of Harvest Preparatory with United Way’s Bharti and Sam Blackwell.[/caption]“We can’t believe it,” and “This good news made my day,” are some of the reactions by school administrators’ to news their school – after a rigorous selection process – will receive grant monies totaling $1 million.
Bethune Community School in Minneapolis is getting an exciting new mural thanks to the 1st and 2nd grade teachers, the art teacher, artist Greg Preslicka and Turnaround Arts Minnesota, who is helping to fund the project. Preslicka worked with the 1st and 2nd grade students at the school to generate ideas for what the mural might contain. The theme for the mural is “A Community of Fun & Successful Kids.”
[caption id="attachment_24342" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Robbinsdale Area Schools will host a series of upcoming workshops for parents to prepare new kindergartners entering the district next fall. Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten is a new series of workshops and resources to provide families with practical tools to have their new kindergartner ready on day one. Each workshop is offered at no charge to families.
[caption id="attachment_24318" align="alignleft"]Photo: (From left) Savannah Smith, Benyoshi Aoki-Sherwood and Nadrat Amos[/caption]Plymouth Middle School eighth-grader Nadrat Amos recently won first place in the Human Rights Essay Contest at the school level, and her essay will now advance to the state level of competition.
[caption id="attachment_24316" align="alignleft"]pitchengine.com[/caption]The Bush Foundation announced that High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) received a $100,000 grant in recognition of outstanding work integrating the arts into public life.
[caption id="attachment_24314" align="alignleft"]Left to right: front row – Madison Nichols, Pachia Xiong, Pakou Vang; back row: Allison Merkl, Abigail Merkl[/caption]Cooper High School’s Students In Action team (“CIA”) won third place and took home a gold banner at the Minnesota region Students in Action Spring Competition April 18. The competition included an online survey and an oral presentation on service efforts over the past year. The team also received a gold banner for their work. The girls are junior Pachia Xiong, senior Pakou Vang, junior Allison Merkl, junior Abigail Merkl and junior Madison Nichols.
[caption id="attachment_24253" align="alignleft"]Steven Belton[/caption]The Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) Board of Directors and Interim CEO announced on Wednesday, May 13 the MUL will not seek to renew for the 2015-2016 academic year its contract with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) for the Urban League Academy (ULA). The alternative high school will close on June 5, 2015 ending a 40-year partnership.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named four semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of North Hennepin Community College. The candidates are Matt Entenza, Barbara McDonald, Landon Pirius, and Tony Summers.
[caption id="attachment_24214" align="alignleft"]Amira Warren-Yearbyselected [/caption]ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, has selected ThreeSixty student Amira Warren-Yearby as the 2015 ThreeSixty Scholar. Warren-Yearby will receive a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to study Communication and Journalism at St. Thomas starting in Fall 2015.