Join our Stride For Success fundraising team and you can model health and fitness while supporting hundreds of incredible scholars at Success Preparatory Academy.
What is Stride For Success?
This year, Success Prep teachers, leaders, board members and community supporters will run as a part of Stride For Success, our second annual running-based fundraising campaign. Supporters are signing up to run healthy races – 10k's, ½ marathons, marathons and more – across the country, and our key event will be the Crescent City Classic 10k on April 23, 2011.
How can you get involved?
1. Join Team SPA.Sign-up here and register to participate in the Crescent City Classic. As a member of our team, you can:
Receive a race T-shirt.
Train and celebrate with other runners, including students.
Participate in races across the US with other runners.
Join us for our Stride for Success/CCC Pep Rally on Tuesday, April 19th from 6-7 PM at SPA.
Cheer on Team SPA from Anseman Ave. & Dreyfous Dr. in City Park in front of the tennis courts on race day, April 23rd.
3. Stay involved. Can't join us for the Crescent City Classic? Tell us about another event near you. We'll help you raise funds for Success Preparatory Academy by continuing to walk, run, swim or bike in events in your area.
For more information, including Team SPA Runner Profiles and our very own motivational video, check out the Stride for Success page on the SPA website.
SPA staff, board, and friends joined residents of the nearby Iberville development for a homecoming event, inviting families and their students to "Come Home" to SPA. (More Photos)
3rd and 4th grade scholars soared during LEAP and iLEAP testing.
Volunteers from HandsOn New Orleans painted murals, landscaped, and built a beautiful gazebo at SPA.
K-2 students went on field trips to Audubon Park & Zoo and visited Tulane and Loyola Universities.
Sports for a Cause donated great new P.E. equipment to help our students stay active, stay healthy, and have fun.
TEACHER PROFILE: Avery Himes
Hometown: I was born in Wiesbaden, Germany but grew up in the SMALL suburban town of Barstow, California.
What drew you to New Orleans?I came to the city of New Orleans to teach. During my senior year at Morehouse College, I was conducting research regarding the health disparities in African American male community and found that the largest impact of African American men's health was their education. I decided to go back to the community and teach. I wanted to be somewhere where I was needed, somewhere where I could truly make a change, and I became a Teaching Fellow through teachNOLA in 2008, and I've been teaching here in New Orleans ever since.
What appealed to you about teaching at SPA?Success Preparatory Academy is a unique school because it embodies the value of community--encouraging, servicing, and strengthening the community. I love and believe in the mission and values of this school which agrees with my personal philosophy about education. Success Prep believes in servicing the whole child, not just the student and that's why I'm here as Kindergarten teacher.
What do you like most about your job?The best thing about my job? My students! My students make me laugh every single day. Yes, I have those days of stress and frustration, but they don't compare to happiness they bring into my life.
What is your favorite thing about Success students?My favorite thing about my Kindergarteners at Success Preparatory Academy is that they know they are going to college. We sing and talk about college every morning and it's awesome when you ask, "Where are you going in the future?" or "Are you going to college?" or "What college do you want to go to?" and they proudly respond, "Yes!" It's amazing.
We develop college-bound students for leadership and life-long learning.
Success Preparatory Academy (SPA) is a Kindergarten through 4th grade high performing “transformation” charter school that opened its doors in August 2009. Each year, we will grow by one grade level, eventually serving over 500 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. We are a team of results driven educators who offer a world class education to this great city’s children.