Hartford Community Volunteers Visit 9th Grade Classrooms to Share Stories of Personal Journeys

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     November 2014

 

Hartford Community Volunteers Visit 9th Grade Classrooms to Share Stories of Personal Journeys

 
 
 
 
In recognition of College and Career Readiness Awareness Month, on Friday, October 10, volunteers from the Hartford Community visited grade nine English classes throughout the district to share the stories of their personal journeys to career success.  Particular attention was paid to the role that education and positive peer relationships played in achieving their goals. 
 
Participating teachers included:  Jennifer Golych at Capital Prep, Tiffany Moyer-Washington at Classical Magnet, Lisa Everett at Global Communications Academy, Chelsea Usher at High School, Inc., Kara Arnold at Journalism and Media Academy, Elizabeth Slot at Nursing and Health Sciences Academy at HPHS, Mike McCoy at OPPortunity High School, Elizabeth Maurer at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, Danielle Knobloch at Teacher Prep and Humanities at Bulkeley Lower.
 
Yolande Spears, Vice President of Education and Community Relations at the Bushnell, worked with students at Global Communications Academy.  The students were transformed from typical teenaged giggling, daydreaming and laughing to being transfixed by each other's reading of their writings, and by Ms. Spears reading from her captivating and Purple Dragonfly Book Award-winning story, The Gift.  When she stopped reading, they begged her, "Read more, Ms. Spears!"   Ms. Spears worked with the students' teacher to get them each a copy of her manuscript for the book so they could continue to read the story.
 
 
After showing his Tony Award, Mike Stotts, Managing Director of Hartford Stage, reads a short passage from The Pact, an autobiography Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, about friendship and perseverance.

 

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