Giving Story: The Richards Family

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“We enrolled our children in City Academy due to the culture of the school and the challenging curriculum. We give to the annual fund because we believe in the mission of the school.” – Reginald & Vanitra Richards, Parents of Kennedy ’24 and Kendall ’24

We joined the City Academy family in 2015 because we were looking for a school that would provide high-quality education for our twin girls. After attending an open house at City Academy, we found that the school not only met all of our needs, but offered additional opportunities that we had not considered.

We enrolled our children in City Academy due to the culture of the school, the challenging curriculum, the approach to learning, and our girls’ excitement about the school after their day visit.

We give to the annual fund because we believe in the mission of the school. City Academy provides exceptional educational opportunities to children in St. Louis. The school also provides many parenting tools to families that help support the social and emotional growth of children. We want to see City Academy continue to provide these opportunities to families for years to come.

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Alumni Award Recipient Zuri Thomas

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I’m so thankful and honored to be here today.  As a senior at MICDS, I’m consumed by all things related to finishing this final semester and getting ready for college. When I learned that I was a recipient of this award, it allowed me to pause and reflect on my experience at City Academy.  I came to City Academy in the third grade.  Prior to joining this community, I was in another local elementary school, and I knew I needed something different, something special. Little did I know how special this new change would be for me and my family.

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Alumni Award Recipient Najee’ Walker

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Hello, I’m Najee Walker. I am a City Academy alumna from the class of 2012 and I am grateful to have the opportunity to receive the Alumni Award from Wells Fargo Advisors, as well as flattered that City Academy nominated me.

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Giving Story: John Brightman

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“No matter how intelligent a person may be, you will accomplish more if you have a sense of urgency about getting things done.”
– John Brightman, 1932 – 2017

 

City Academy recently lost one of our “Founding Fathers.” John Brightman led us to our early success. He was an original board member, generous supporter, and a fierce and fearless fundraiser, who always pushed for excellence.

John was also my little league baseball coach. It had been many years since I had seen him, when we ran into each other at a friend’s wedding in 1997. I told him that we were starting a school. John immediately exclaimed, “Great idea! I want to help you raise money.” What start-up nonprofit doesn’t wish for that?

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Donating Your Holiday

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NO GIFTS FOR ME!

With the holidays approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about how blessed I am. And how I really don’t need a thing. (Especially since I have a December birthday, so I’ve just received gifts.)

So I’ve decided to “donate my holiday” to City Academy.

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Transforming Lives: The Thomas Family

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For several families in St. Louis, quality and affordable educational opportunities are out of reach. Like all parents, Tamara and Demetrius want the best for their children. After being disappointed in their neighborhood’s school district, they were thrilled to find an innovative school near their home.

At City Academy, the Thomas family has found a supportive community for their three children: Zuri ’12 (MICDS ’18), Zion ’13 (MICDS ’19), and Zain ’22. 

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A Kid For Character

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“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Every day, our students start the day by saying our school pledge and singing “A Kid For Character.” This semester, our first grade class created a music video to learn more about the words in the song.

While singing “A Kid For Character” with her class, our first grade teacher, Ms. Jessie Bean, realized that most of the words in the song were very abstract and did not have much meaning for her students. What better way to teach her students the meaning of responsibility, character, fairness, truth, respect, care, and citizen than by creating a music video?

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Groundbreaking Ceremony | September 27, 2017

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For Immediate Release

On September 27, 2017, City Academy officially broke ground on the school’s new Early Childhood Center and publicly launched the Campaign for City Academy.

By 2020, City Academy will grow the school’s student population from 185 scholars to 250 students. In order to do so, the Campaign for City Academy will include the addition of an Early Childhood Center, serving children age three through second grade. The school will also renovate the current facility.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony | Alumna Speech

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Khadijah Fortenberry ’06
Whitfield School ’12, University of Mississippi ’16

I came to City Academy in 2005, a year after the school moved from Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club and into its new home across the street. I remember how excited the community was for the new edition. Each time my mother and I would drive pass the school, I bugged her about wanting to attend this new vibrant place that lit up Kingshighway Boulevard. I became so captivated by the idea that I often declared, “I am going to go to City Academy!” Finally, my persistence paid off, and here we are 12 years later.

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Citizen Scientists

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Early Childhood Students Release Tagged Monarch Butterflies

Students are learning what it means to be “Citizen Scientists” in our Early Childhood STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) classroom. Citizen Scientists assist professional scientists by engaging, exploring, and observing the world around them. For our early childhood scholars, they are assisting as Citizen Scientists by helping monarch butterflies!

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