COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Family and lifestyle expert Daisy Teh, in partnership with non-contract wireless carrier Cricket Wireless, has selected Love T. Nolan Elementary in College Park, Ga., and West Clayton Elementary in Atlanta as two of 16 schools nationwide that are making a positive difference in their student culture.
The event featured two $1,000 presentations from representatives from Cricket Wireless to school staff members in front of the students. This endeavor helped to illuminate as well as reward Love T. Nolan’s involvement with “Page Turners Make Great Learners” and Pearl and Young Knights Mentoring at West Clayton.
The presentation is the culmination of Cricket’s ‘Go Positive’ campaign, which asked people throughout the country to nominate school-backed programs that embrace and nurture student scholastic excellence and positive behavior. The month-long initiative received an outpouring of support, generating over 500 nominations in just a few weeks time.
West Clayton Principal Ed Blackwood praised Cricket for recognizing their innovative MOES (Mentoring Organization for Exceptional Students) program, which was founded by 4th grade chairman Donte Todd and features 30 exceptional students.
“To qualify for the program, their grades had to be at a certain level, their behavior had to be at a certain level, and they have to maintain that or they will be removed from the program,” Blackwood said.
In addition to the prerequisite of no disciplinary problems from the previous semester before entering this select group, Todd said he and other staff members, under the supervision of Assistant Principal Dira Harris, help the kids expand their artistic and scholastic experience.
“They go through a rigorous process of learning poems, taking etiquette classes, participating in team-building exercises,” Todd said, adding, “and then they have a big showcase or big ceremony where they are commended and they recite everything they have learned in front of the students and administrators.”
Cricket representatives’ first stop was a few miles away at Love T. Nolan Elementary School, where Cricket’s Sharyn Mack and administrators facilitated a pep rally ambiance in the promotion of reading as a way to elevate their learning process, increase their vocabulary and open the world to them.