Male African American teachers play key role at Fairley HS

Male African American teachers are playing a key role at Memphis’ Fairley High School, mentoring black male students, and helping them make the correct decisions as they prepare them for college, leadership, and life. At Fairley, 52 percent of the enrolled students are male African Americans, as well as 32 percent of the teaching staff.…

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Special education is a lifelong vocation for MLK MS teacher

Special education is something very close to Ms. Jennifer Ponton. The Martin Luther King Middle School teacher has been doing it for the past 26 years, bringing her experience in the matter from many places outside of Beaumont, Texas. Ms. Ponton has lived the necessities of special education students herself. Her brother and two sons…

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Wooddale Middle School increases ESL students in new School Year

Wooddale Middle School’s English as a Second Language students increased to 137 in the 2022-2023 school year. This is the highest number of enrolled students in the last few years, prompting the need to add a fifth specialized teacher to provide the resources to accommodate the mainly Hispanic students. “Our ESL number has increased in…

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Brooke, a Growth All Star who aspires to be a journalist

Brooke is a 12th grader at Ánimo City of Champions High School in Los Angeles, who aspires to become a journalist or an author when she finishes her education. She wants to take people on a journey through her writing, just like her favorite authors do for her (her ultimate favorite author is Colleen Hoover).…

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Meet Michelle, a Green Dot Tennessee Growth All Star

Michelle is an eighth grade student at Wooddale Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee who has already set her sights on becoming an obstetrician. She also loves kids and cannot wait for her new brother that is on the way. In her free time, Michelle’s favorite thing to do is spend quality time with her loved…

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Reading made her magic in this MLK Middle School All Star

Haylee is an 8th grade student at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beaumont, Texas. She has a love for reading and travel, and allows her reading to transport her to different worlds  When Green Dot assumed operational control of Haylee’s school, she was reading at a 2nd grade level. In just one year at…

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David’s work ethic paved the way for progress in reading

David is an 8th grader at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beaumont, Texas.  He is a dedicated student, both in school and in life. He is fascinated by construction, and when his Dad started the major project of building their family home, he helped build a quarter of their house. This strong work ethic…

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Mentors and mentees have first face-to-face at Mentorship Match Day

The Green Dot Mentorship Program kicked off its second year with the first ever face to face encounter of mentors and students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School after starting virtually during the 2021-2022 school year in both Los Angeles and Memphis. Mentors from various partner companies met for the first time in…

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