If schools cannot create a safe environment, kids cannot learn. Peers, bullies, and violence challenge teenagers and tweens not only academically but also socially. If your kids are in a fight or flight mode at school it makes focusing on learning difficult.
The students in St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) faced this dilemma daily. However, in 2003, SLPS initiated a turnaround process that transformed the district. In 2012, SLPS was honored by the U.S. Department of Education for SLPS outstanding achievement in Turnaround Reality for 11 schools in the St. Louis district.
The real success stories of the SLPS come from the students who are achieving success.
On October 17, 2013, 28 SLPS high school seniors were presented the Young Citizen Award by the Rotary Club of St. Louis. The Rotary Club of St. Louis is a chapter of the international Rotary organization dedicated to developing community involvement and individual development globally. The Young Citizen Award is an international award presented to outstanding students.
The Young Citizen Award is presented to students who have excelled academically, maintained exemplary school attendance, exhibited good citizenship, and made significant community service contributions.
The 28 SLPS students joined young people from across the globe in receiving this honor.
The Class of 2013-2014 Young Citizen Award winners are:
- Jose Jackson and Aretha Na’Trese Brown (Beaumont),
- Matthew Hanks and Mitzi Pedro (Carnahan),
- Antonio Foster and Ayont Young (Central VPA),
- Dwayne Rogers and Mikayla Lance (Cleveland NJROTC),
- Hassan Owens and Loren Dawson (Miller Career Academy),
- Errol Jackson and Keisha Brent (College Prep High School @ Madison),
- Reid Chunn and Tuyet Troung (Gateway STEM),
- Tan Luu and Viridiana Lopez (McKinley CLA),
- Gregor Samocha and Raina Brooks (Metro),
- Khory Stark and Aja McCoy (Northwest Law Academy),
- Shahid Fernandez and Tange Taylor (Roosevelt),
- Darryon Plair and Pular Jarwleh (Soldan),
- Darrell Paige and Kelcee Burton (Sumner) and
- Justin Banks and Sep’Tisha Riley (Vashon).