A couple of years ago, I went into my doctor’s office and the new nurse was one of my former students, Deadre Franklin. When I stopped at Kroger to pick up my prescription, the pharmacist was another former student, Tasheena Knott. It was another proud day for Winton Hills Academy! The success stories of our small elementary school in the heart of Winton Terrace are too numerous to count, notably because of the support system within our school known as the Friends of Winton Hills Academy Foundation.
Because of their determination and sense of perseverance, our students rise to a challenge like no others and bring ideas and feelings from their experiences that no others could begin to imagine. It was no surprise to us that 2 years ago our students won a national book contest with their anti-bully book “Misunderstood Micah” and got a visit from Bengal football player Carlos Dunlap.
I received a phone call from Philadelphia last year to tell us that another group of our students had won the contest, again! This time it was for a book titled “Marian Spencer: A Light in the Darkness”. The contest offered to pay to fly a teacher, one of the winning students and a parent to Philly to receive the award. Because we could not choose just one of the four winning students to go, we initially declined the invitation. We felt that either all of the girls should go, or none. But the Foundation stepped up and offered to pay for all 4 girls to go! This event was just the beginning of a wave of accolades for our students, including a statue of Marian Spencer holding hands with a little girl. The little girl represents our 4 Winton Hills Academy writers!
None of this good would be possible without the generosity and kindness of the Foundation. With their support through class supplies, sponsoring field trips and experiences, and even scholarships, we are forever grateful for all of those who help us make a difference and build a brighter tomorrow!
-Julie Dellecave, Winton Hills 4th/5th Grade ELA Teacher