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Sep 02nd


AARP scholarship opportunities for women 40 and older

AARP Women's Scholarship Program is about creating chances, fostering opportunities and, ultimately, changing lives. Since 2007, The Women's Scholarship Program awarded scholarships to help over 500 women.

An applicant for the Women's Scholarship Program must be:
•    Woman, age 40 and older
•    Low-income
•    Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associates degree, or a first bachelor's degree
•    Scholarship recipients who wish to reapply for a second year of assistance
•    Enrolled in a U.S. Department of education accredited school or technical program within 6 months of the scholarship award date

Friendship Academy Wax Museum

Friendship Academy Wax MuseumStudents from Friendship Academy of Fine Arts Charter School have taken a new approach to learning facts about Black History.

In celebration of Black History Month, last month more than 100 students from Friendship Academy of Fine Arts Charter School in South Minneapolis created their own wax museum of historical Black personalities. The students prepared speeches and created costumes for all of the featured Historical Black Personalities. The students then presented their speeches to fellow classmates, community and family members with the push of a button launching the first ever interactive Wax Museum. One of the featured personalities was our very own Al McFarlane.

Students study history makers

Students study history makersWE WIN Institute makes a difference in the lives of all children. Whether they are African, Asian, European or Indian, WE WIN creates successes with them. The organization’s Afrocentric curriculum teaches all the students served about the great accomplishments of people of African descent. Not just Black children need to know about the triumphs of African people, all students need to know the great feats of Africans including how they built the pyramids, how Africans started the first universities, created astronomy, mathematics, farming, irrigation systems and even developed the ironing board. Elizabeth Varavang, who is of Asian descent, and Deratu (African Ethiopian descent), share their understanding of Garrett Morgan and Granville Woods.

Metropolitan State appoints Melendres to AVP of Enrollment Management

Metropolitan State appoints Melendres to AVP of Enrollment ManagementDrew N. Melendres, Houston, TX, was appointed associate vice president of enrollment management by President Sue K. Hammersmith. The appointment is effective March 1.

In this position, he will oversee the offices of admissions, financial aid, Gateway Student Services and the registrar. He is responsible for a staff of 45 and a budget of $4.9 million. He reports to the student affairs vice president and is a member of the President’s Cabinet, collaborating with colleagues across all divisions of the university to provide strategic and operational enrollment management leadership.

Celebrating the arts and academics

Celebrating the arts and academicsLast month, I was given the opportunity to participate in a series of Young People’s Concerts presented by the Minnesota Orchestra. They invited me to narrate a popular story, “Tubby the Tuba,” as they filled Orchestra Hall with the beautiful sound of music. The story is about a tuba trying to find his place in the musical world of an orchestra. It was a wonderful way to weave reading and literacy into the arts and I am so thankful that all of the third-graders in the Minneapolis Public Schools were able to attend the concerts.

Lighting a successful spark

“On your mark, get set, ready, go!”  In the language of childhood, these words are an exciting invitation—and a signal that it’s time to be at the starting line and prepared to take off in order to sprint to success.  But what happens when children aren’t ready for the most important race of their lives?  Every year, four million children in America enter kindergarten, but as many as one in three won’t be ready for school—and many of them will never catch up.  Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids, or SPARK, a national initiative of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, was designed to get children at the starting line and ready to go.  Seeking “ready children,” “ready communities,” and “ready schools,” SPARK worked for over five years in seven states and Washington, D.C., to help communities unite resources to better prepare children for school and smooth the transition between pre-school and elementary school settings. The Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO) was honored to be the grantee for SPARK Mississippi (SPARK-MS), a $5 million initiative that has improved school readiness for more than 800 Mississippi children ages three to eight—a concrete example of what’s working to improve children’s chances.

Zophia Dadlez wins Saint Paul Public Schools spelling bee

Zophia Dadlez wins Saint Paul Public Schools spelling beeZophia Dadlez, a sixth grade student at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School, won the Saint Paul Public Schools 2011 spelling bee at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. After 28 rounds, she earned first place by correctly spelling apocalyptic, an adjective meaning foreboding imminent disaster or final doom. William Yang, an eighth grade student at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-8 Magnet, is the second place winner and Elijah Armstrong, a fourth grade student at EXPO for Excellence Elementary Magnet, is the third place winner. Thirty eight students had earned a spot in the districtwide contest by winning spelling bees at their schools.
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