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Teaching Students to be Thankful

Press Release

11/20/2013

MT. CLEMENS, Mich., Nov. 20, 2013—Inside the classrooms at Prevail Academy, teachers not only help students with academics such as math, science, and English, but they also broaden their understanding of common virtues. As Thanksgiving approaches, it is the perfect time to help students think about what gratitude means.
 
Throughout the year, the school holds a variety of fundraisers to help the community. The entire school always participates in the annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. National Junior Honor Society members sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive each year, and in October students and their families donated canned good to Gleaner’s Food Bank. Right now, staff members and parents are collecting coats and sweaters to have on hand for students in need.
 
“Service work is one of the most important principles we can teach our students and practice as adults,” said Prevail Principal Nicole Young. “Without opportunities to give, we take for granted what we have.”
 
Along with grade-specific lessons on the moral focus for each month, students attend school-wide assemblies to talk about the virtue of the month and share what they have learned with each other.
 
“Our Moral Focus curriculum is essential to each school day. These service learning projects offer our students the opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in the real world,” said Young.
 
Prevail Academy is a tuition-free public charter school, managed by National Heritage Academies, that serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
  
 
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