For my birthday this year I am asking my family and friends to support a fieldtrip to the Sci-Bono Discovery Center in Johannesburg for all 25 Imagine Scholar Students. The Sci-Bono Discovery Center is the largest science center in Southern Africa, and this trip will give our students hands-on exposure to science and technology inaccessible to kids from rural African Villages. If you have a minute check out the Sci-Bono website (www.sci-bono.co.za) and see for yourselves how amazing this trip will be.
This is a much-deserved fieldtrip. The Imagine Scholar Students have worked their butts off all year. In the last 9 months, our kids have completed on average 202 hours of class, 55 assignments, and 23 books - all of this work done on top of their normal school load. So I'm sure you'd all agree that our kids deserve a little reward.
Please help me celebrate my birthday by supporting this fieldtrip and giving our kids a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And in case anyone is concerned about me, don't worry, I get to have fun too - I am going to be a chaperone on the trip.
Thank you all for a very happy birthday.
More about Imagine Scholar:
Imagine Scholar provides unique, personalized education to promising youth in South Africa’s disadvantaged Nkomazi region. We strive to effect profound change on individual lives and empower the next generation of African leaders through creative, multidimensional development. Imagine Scholar aspires not to help students merely get by, but to give them the tools to be the difference makers of their generation and bring lasting change to their communities.
Imagine Scholar’s primary program is the Imagine Academy, an intensive four-year mentorship program for select secondary school students. Students attend class at the Imagine Academy twice a week after school. We also offer academic assistance and personal support outside of class to ensure that students have every opportunity to excel. The Imagine Academy welcomed its first class of five students in July 2010 and accepted its second class of ten 9th graders in March 2011. Going forward, we will admit ten 9th graders each year, building to a total enrollment of 40 scholars preparing for professional achievement and success in the wider world. We envision a network of current and former Imagine Scholars fostering each other’s growth and acting as inspirational examples for the community.