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Kirby Middle School Hosts Partner Celebration of 100,000 School Shirts Donated

Sep 19, 2018

While a school shirt might not seem like a large expense to some, it can create a barrier for some parents eager to enroll their student at a Green Dot school. That’s why we work with organizations like Agape North, who has donated school shirts to several of our schools in Tennessee as part of their program to give back.

Marco Petruzzi

Green Dot Public Schools CEO to Step Down after 12 Years

Sep 13, 2018

After 12 years of service, Green Dot Public Schools National Chief Executive Officer Marco Petruzzi says farewell and reflects on his journey with the organization.


200 Community Volunteers Join Forces on Destiny’s Campus to Build a New Playground for SOAR Academy

Sep 12, 2018

This fall, volunteers from Keurig Dr. Pepper, Columbia Distributing, SOAR Academy and the community joined KaBOOM! at the Destiny Charter Middle School campus to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground for the students of SOAR Academy, which is now located on Destiny’s campus.


A Colorful Competition at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School

Sep 10, 2018

When you enter into your freshman year at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, you are born into one of five houses: the Burgundy Lancers, Yellow Mustangs, Orange Monarchs, Purple Bruins, Green Royals, or the Pink Dodgers. Each spring, these houses compete in The Robinson Games, a school wide tournament that features trivia, strategy, and athletic games.


Students Escape Classroom to Build 21st Century Skills

Sep 5, 2018

Though automation and AI may occupy some jobs in the future, there are many things that robots can’t do as well as humans, like improvised creativity. We don’t know what the future will look like, but we know that learning how to work with people and learning how to solve complex problems will help us adapt to whatever comes our way.

Thank You

Students Say ‘Thank You’ to Staff and Educators

Aug 31, 2018

In this video, students from across the network have something to say to all of the leaders, staff, and teachers who prepare them for college, leadership, and life.


An Alumna’s Perspective on Green Dot’s Summer Institute for Business & Leadership for Women of Color

Aug 30, 2018

This year Green Dot hosted the Summer Institute for Business and Leadership (SIBL). SIBL was hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) and empowered young women of color to develop passion and purpose through building an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set.


Strong Leaders Take the Helm at Green Dot Schools Across the Country

Aug 28, 2018

As we begin a new school year, Green Dot is proud to introduce a number of new school leaders. While not all are new faces at their schools, they are all new to the helm.


Three Green Dot Schools Achieve TVAAS Scores of 5 as 2018-19 School Year Commences

Aug 27, 2018

Three Green Dot schools – Bluff City High School, Kirby Middle School, and Wooddale Middle School – all achieved Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores of 5 as they opened in early August for the 2018-19 school year.


Send Us to SXSWedu 2019: Vote Now for Green Dot’s Panel Submissions

Aug 21, 2018

Green Dot has submitted four panels for the SXSWedu 2019 conference and we need your help to make sure our panels get chosen! Create an account with SXSW and vote for Green Dot’s panels.

Ánimo Compton

New Year, New School! Doors are Open at Ánimo Compton

Aug 15, 2018

This month, Green Dot’s newest school in California, Ánimo Compton Charter School opened its doors to smiling faces and eager minds at the Vanguard Learning Center in Compton. Ánimo Compton is Green Dot California’s first school to serve sixth through twelfth grade students.


Families Advocate for Better Food Quality in our Communities

Aug 8, 2018

“For far too long having fast food restaurants on every corner has taken a toll on the health of our communities,” said Keisha Mitchell, a United Parents & Students leader. In many underserved neighborhoods there is a higher likelihood of residents finding multiple fast food chains than wholesome grocery stores.


Daily Breeze — Local High School Graduates Land Prestigious Scholarships

Aug 6, 2018

Vanessa Felix, Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School alumna will have an extra $10,000 to fund her plans for higher education after being selected for the Milken Scholars 2018 Scholarship Program.


EdSurge–How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking—and Fun—to Gym Class

Jul 31, 2018

Eli Sheldon, now a founding ninth grade computer science teacher at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy high school and formerly the region’s Computational Thinking Specialist, shares the success of a particular computational thinking unit with EdSurge.


Ánimo Watts Students Let Their Voices Be Heard

Jul 30, 2018

Community Engagement Coordinator Samantha Levra shares about a group of students from Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy hosting a Call Your Representative Day.


Green Dot Students Create Women in STEM Scholarship

Jul 27, 2018

Despite the fact that women make up more than 40% of the workforce, they hold less than a quarter of the nearly 8.6 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs in the United States. This statistic nagged at four young women from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.


A Leadership & Life Playlist: Songs That Have Inspired My Work

Jul 25, 2018

Green Dot Leadership and Life Coordinator Charli Kemp shares the purpose and importance of our new Leadership and Life framework.


Meet Some of the Founding Faces of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

Jul 23, 2018

Last year, Green Dot Public Schools opened the middle school grades for Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, and now we are excited to announce the opening of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School (RVLA HS) this fall!

Clark Atlanta

Why So Many Fairley Students Are Heading to Clark Atlanta University

Jul 11, 2018

When Fairley High School alumni and former teacher Cafabian Heard first walked on to the campus of Clark Atlanta University, little did he know that soon enough a trail of Fairley alumni would soon be following his footsteps, largely due to his mentorship and encouragement.

after school

Green Dot Students Advocate for After School Programs in Sacramento

Jul 5, 2018

“I know how much after school programs have impacted me, so having the opportunity to help students have the same great experiences that I had after school was an honor,” said Ryan Atapattu, senior at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.


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