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Holly Park Academy Unveils New Name and Celebrates Black History Month

At Holly Park Academy in Lansing, change is in the air. The school formerly known as Lansing Charter Academy is celebrating its recent name change. Its new name comes from the place where the school is located – in the heart of the Holly Park neighborhood, right behind Holly Park.

The shift symbolizes more than just a new title; it signifies a commitment to growth, innovation, and enhanced community engagement in the heart of Lansing.

“The name change represents, for us, an evolution in our school,” shared Paul Fulce, Holly Park Academy principal. “We have an amazing program, an amazing staff, and an amazing community. By recommitting ourselves to our neighborhood and our community, Holly Park Academy is set to do some amazing things.”

School leaders and board members pose for a photo with the ribbon, from left are: Principal Paul Fulce, Board Treasurer/Secretary Yash Kondapalli, Board President Melissa Boelter, Board Vice President J. Moore, and Director of School Quality Deonna Washington.

Through innovative partnerships and collaborative initiatives, Holly Park Academy is working to prepare students not only for high school but also for the challenges and opportunities that lie beyond.

While still in the planning stages, Holly Park Academy is gearing up to offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enrich students' learning journeys. Some of these include potential summer camp scholarships and the addition of an after-school coding club.

To commemorate this significant milestone, school leaders, staff, community members, and families gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a Parent Night Black History Month Celebration. The Black History Heritage event featured food, vendors, activities, representatives from all the Lansing area high schools, and multiple performances by Hope Central Urban Arts, which teaches performing and technical arts in after-school programs at both Holly Park and Windemere Park Charter Academy. The group performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” after the ribbon cutting.

Student singing
Holly Park Academy seventh grader Heiress Horn sings while her mother, AnnaMaria Horn directs the Hope Central Urban Arts group of students performing at the event.

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About Holly Park Academy
Holly Park Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Lansing, Michigan, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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