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Jul 29th


Folwell Middle School to celebrate school history and tradition

After 78 years, students, staff and families will honor the history and traditions of Folwell Middle School with a closing celebration scheduled for May 20. The school is seeking old school photographs, artifacts and yearbooks for a commemorative booklet which will be published by current Folwell students.

Food and entertainment will be provided. There is no cost to attend. The event is Thursday, May 20 with a Multicultural buffet from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, welcome and ceremony at 6:30 pm and a community social 7:15-8 pm.

All events are at Folwell Middle School, 3611 20th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407.


Amhearst Wilder Neighborhood leadership program graduates 32

Amhearst Wilder Neighborhood leadership program graduates 32
On Monday, April 26, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Program (NLP) graduated 32 students from its 2009-10 program. The event, was held at Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway North, in Saint Paul. Saint Paul Chief of Police John Harrington offered the keynote address, and Alicia Huckleby, Saint Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA), also offer remarks.

Admission Possible seniors set the pace in scholarships

Admission Possible seniors set the pace in scholarshipsWhen Cooper High School senior Samuel Ogunyemi opened his mailbox last week, what he found was a free ride to college. Ogunyemi, who has been participating in Admission Possible’s free after school college prep program for the past two years, is one of 20 Minnesota high school seniors to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The award, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, covers all expenses for an undergraduate degree at the college or university of the recipients’ choice, and even the cost of a doctorate degree in some fields of study.

When he opened the letter, Ogunyemi was overwhelmed. “It said, ‘Congratulations, Samuel,’” he recalls. “I said ‘wow’ for at least 30 minutes. Just ‘wow’ over and over. I showed my mom, and she was jumping up and down. It felt good.”

Originally from Nigeria, Ogunyemi moved to Minnesota when he was 10. “My parents wanted me and my brother and sister to get an education in the Unites States,” he said. “They said if you get a degree here, you can go anywhere in the whole world.”

Rotary Club partners with Friendship Academy of Fine Arts Read-a-Thon

For one week in mid-March, the Minneapolis South Rotary Club supported Friendship Academy of Fine Arts in its annual Read-A-Thon. FAFA, located at 2600 E. 38th Street, conducted the event during the week of March 8- 12 at the school. Members of the Minneapolis South Rotary Club volunteered hours of their time to read to children in various classrooms. Club members, Jesse Lee, Ethel Lee Norwood, and Karin Treiber, club president, developed a project to fund awards for the three classrooms and the three students that achieved the highest reading goals during the week-long program.

FAFA Administrator, Ethel Lee Norwood, expressed the views of the teachers, parents, and students in her comment, “The 2010 Read-a-Thon was a great success. The winning students and classrooms are so appreciative of the books they were able to purchase with gift certificates from the Minneapolis South Rotary Club.”

Presently, the FAFA does not have a library to serve its 150 students in grades K-6.  Consequently the Minneapolis South Rotary Club applied for and received a Rotary International Community Assistance Grant in the amount of $500 to assist individual classrooms in enhancing the collection of books for the students in these classes and to present individual awards to students so they can build their home libraries.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of community-based, service-minded volunteers who work on literacy, hunger, water-safety, and other needs.

Six students earn Gates scholarships

Six students earn Gates scholarshipsSix Minneapolis Public Schools students were among 1,000 scholars nationwide selected as the recipients of good-through-graduation college scholarships from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. Fadumo Abdullahi and Abdullahi Ali of Edison High School and Doua Kha, Mai Vang, Soua Chang and Susan Vang of Patrick Henry High School will receive scholarships that can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the college or university of the recipients’ choice. The Class of 2010 Gates Millennium Scholars represent 45 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories: American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Established in 1999 with the goal of developing the next generation of America’s leaders, UNCF’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, over 13,000 students have received GMS scholarships, attending more than 1,500 schools, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and UNCF member historically black colleges (HBCUs).

Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian

Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian(WBBM) -- History is being made at the University of Notre Dame this spring.

In the 161 years the University of Notre Dame has been awarding degrees, never had there been an African-American as valedictorian. Until this year.

Katie Washington of Gary, Indiana carries a 4.0 GPA majoring in biology and minoring in Catholic social teaching.

According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Washington plans to continue her studies at Johns Hopkins University and follow in her father’s footsteps into medicine.

Washington says she’s humbled by the honor of being named valedictorian.

Taylor takes helm of Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Charlotte, NC attorney Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., will lead the 23 year old Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), James Clifton, Fund board chair, and Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Fund founder announced this week.

Clifton and Payne said, "Taylor exemplifies the kind of transformative leadership, strategic acumen and fundraising skills needed to move the fund to a new level of national prominence and a new era of innovation."
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