Support the School of Michael Brown
Organized by: Brittany Kelleher
Most people look at Normandy High School - the school of Michael Brown - and see failure. In the last four years, it has lost its accreditation, been named the lowest performing district in Missouri, and labeled the most dangerous school in the state. And yet, Tyler Jones sees promise. He refuses to let his students have a sub-par education and let poverty dictate their learning. As a result, his kids learn on laptops; they have each built their own home libraries; and they now sit through periods in silence, engrossed by books. These kids have experienced incredible growth, and their English classes are on the verge of single-handedly re-accrediting this school. But they want more. They want to have an education like the suburbs’ private schools. They want to have the same opportunities that are offered there. They want their education to also come alive outside of the classroom. They want to experience – and be inspired by – New York. Mr. Jones’ A.P. Writing and Composition class wants to extend their classroom lessons to the Big Apple. They want to feel the culture of Harlem firsthand; they want to tour the roots of great journalism. They want to see the world beyond the few-mile radius that they have only known and learn of the breadth of opportunities that the world has to offer. A trip like this is unlike any other they’ve had – and now may be their only chance to experience it.
We hope to reach our goal - or exceed it. Going beyond this tight budget will allow other students to attend and expand the possibilities while there. We hope to provide the students with as rich of an experience as possible.
Your support, no matter how big or small, will play a critical role in turning this pipe dream into reality. To say that your generosity will be appreciated is nothing short of an understatement.