Buddy Morning Changes Lives

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Buddy Morning is a great opportunity for both community supporters and students. Twice a year, community partners, donors, supporters, and volunteers spend one-on-one time with a student and experience our unique mission.

City Academy has hosted twenty-one Buddy Morning events since 2006. Each attendee is paired with a scholar and has the opportunity to build a relationship through educational activities. Buddies participate in great activities including playing drums in music, building robots in science, and creating leaf rubbings in art.

Buddy Morning attendees are individual supporters and community partners of City Academy. Many attend because they are able to see first-hand the exceptional education and community transformation that is taking place at City Academy. In fact, many individuals attend so often that they are called Super Buddies. Super Buddies have attended at least five Buddy Mornings. Many are paired with the same student buddy each time, building a lasting friendship.

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Education For All | Letter from the President

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EDUCATION FOR ALL

Every child deserves hope, and black or white has nothing to do with it.

I had just graduated from my private liberal-arts college and was working for a large St. Louis corporation when a friend asked me to volunteer as a tutor at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club. That’s where I met Anthony, a second-grader attending school in an underperforming district that would later lose accreditation. His mom cared deeply for him, but the family had few educational options. She turned to Mathews-Dickey, a St. Louis nonprofit institution that has provided athletic, enrichment, and educational opportunities to children in north St. Louis for more than 50 years.

Anthony and I had very different backgrounds and lives, but we quickly found how much we had in common. For the next eight years, we met weekly. We talked about algebra and athletics, economics and comics, pie charts and pizza. I shared my love of books, and he shared his passion for art. I gave Anthony my perspective on the endless possibilities for his future, and Anthony helped steer mine.

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Keep Moving Forward | Remembering MLK

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

This seminal quote delivered by Dr. King served as both a rallying cry and proverbial exclamation mark to conclude a stirring address made before the scholars and faculty of Spellman College in April 1960. As I recently re-read through the entirety of the message, I was immediately overcome with excitement and humility. I noticed how well our school’s mission and the subsequent fulfilling of our mission poetically align with his poignant thoughts on the critical role of education in remedying the societal ills and birthing hope for our country’s future.

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Spanish Language Immersion

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¡Hola clase !

The Spanish program at City Academy is muy bueno! Every student at City Academy participates in our Spanish program, and each class is structured to best enhance the learning of each grade level.

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Buddy Morning | October 6, 2016

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Buddy Morning sponsor, 2e Creative, with their buddies (pictured above)

Buddy Morning is a great opportunity for corporate groups and individuals to spend quality time with a City Academy student. Twice a year, community partners, donors, supporters, and volunteers spend one-on-one time with a student and experience what makes our school so special. These buddies participate in a learning activity together and create a great friendship with their student buddy.

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Snack Hacks from Ms. Marilyn

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It’s the first week of October and for those of you who don’t know, that means it’s National School Lunch Week! All of us at City Academy know that parents are busy with a million things to do. We want to help you out a bit in one area: snacks!

Packing your kids lunches can be time consuming. We decided to ask our resident food expert and master chef, Ms. Marilyn, to give us some quick snack hacks that you can use when preparing your child’s lunch!

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The Presidential Election, According to Sixth Graders

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We know that our students, particularly scholars in upper grades, are paying attention to the 2016 presidential election. We wanted to know what they know, what they think, and if they would vote if they could. It turns out that our sixth graders have quite a few thoughts about this year’s election.
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Dear (Math) Diary…

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Dear Diary,

As I type this blog, I recall the ebb and flow of teaching some years when I had a class of predominant high achievers then other years when the majority of the class needed extra practice. During both extremes, I was challenged because I wanted to do more for each group but wasn’t sure how.

After seeking advice from my peers – something I recommend all teachers do – the idea of math journals came to light.

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First Day of School | September 1, 1999

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The very first day of school for City Academy was September 1, 1999.  There were 42 students in three classes- junior kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade, who were part of the inaugural celebration. The following is the first day of school speech given by President and Co-Founder of City Academy, Don Danforth III.

First Day of School Speech 1999 by Don Danforth III

Ten years ago, I was talked into volunteering at a place called the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club. At the time, I had no idea what I was getting into and soon got caught up into Mr. Mathews’ philosophy of offering children the best opportunities possible. City Academy is the result of the successes of the Mathews-Dickey educational programs. It takes Martin Mathews’ simple philosophy of offering programs for children that will be the very best. That’s what we’ve set about doing, creating the very best school.

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