Dwayne Williams, 17, at Johnson High School after his first day. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.
An estimated 2,500 people showed up at last year’s backpack giveaway. (submitted photo)
For the third year in a row, Alfreda Flowers and her organization Family Values for Life will be giving out new backpacks and school supplies to East Side school kids, just days before school starts.
The event started fairly small -- they collected and handed out 150 backpacks the first year. But over 500 people showed, so they ran out of supplies. In the second year, they gathered up over 1,000 backpacks, but again, they were short -- Flowers estimated 2,500 people showed.
Linden Dungy and his wife Donna Dungy paid a visit to the new playground at Joy Academy and visited with schoolchildren. (submitted photo)
Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Dungy Family Foundation, the St. Paul Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s school, Joy Academy, is able to finish its playground project.
“We’re the first school in the state of Minnesota to receive this grant,” Joy Academy Principal Timothy Raddatz said.
“From our perspective, this is a great opportunity and recognition on behalf of this foundation for us to continue their mission of working with urban schools.”
Harding High School Class of 1978 will have its 35th Class Reunion on Friday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 12 p.m., at Jimmy’s Event Center, 3565 LaBore Road in Vadnais Heights. The cost is $30 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door.
Parkway Elementary, which housed L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school, will be converted into a Montessori elementary school this summer. (photos courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)
An artist rendering of a classroom at the new Montessori Middle School. The rooms will be clustered in pods and designed to allow students to move around within the room and between rooms more effectively, says Steve Unowsky, assistant superintendent for middle schools at St. Paul Public Schools.
The Ames and Prosperity buildings where L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school is relocating have been updated, shined and polished. They’re more or less ready for the 2013-2014 school year.
With school out Friday, June 7, the old French Immersion building, known as Parkway, is going to get a makeover.