On January 20, our school held an assembly to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to our gathering, each classroom had participated in a learning activity about MLK, and several classes were able to share their final projects with everyone. Next, we watched "Kid President" talk about Dr. King and his dream, and then listened as student Diante Clark recited part of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. One of our students, Cayden (pictured), said his dream was that "all kids could go to school!" The event culminated with music and dance as Ronneisha, Ashiya, Hannah, and Victoria performed an African dance choreographed by Ms. Caroline, and then Ms. Eaddy sang Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday." Thank you to everyone who contributed to a very special day!
On October 9, 2015, we welcomed parents, local media, and a host of community leaders to our campus to celebrate Minnesota Early Learning Academy’s grand opening. The well-attended event featured much of the fanfare typically associated with grand opening celebrations – musical performances, wreath building, remarks from civic leaders – except for one distinction: a heartfelt naming dedication in memory of Margaret Solomon Kephart.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Dean elaborated, “[My mother] believed that every child not only could learn, but would learn. She accomplished this by individualizing instruction, adjusting learning approaches based on learning styles, and providing remediation based on individual need.” Dean experienced firsthand his mother’s resolve to support young readers, as he joined other students at the kitchen table each summer, happily receiving extra reading instruction.
Margaret Solomon Kephart embodied many of the values we hold here at MELA, most notably a commitment to high-quality education and personalized instruction. So, it is only fitting that we honor her work by naming our school in her memory – Minnesota Early Learning Academy, Margaret Solomon Kephart Campus.
As the gusto of our grand opening reached a conclusion, Dean paused, looked upward, and reminded the crowd why they had congregated, “My mom is watching and I know she is delighted.”