A Note from Confluence Academy-Old North: A trip to Memphis
A Note from Confluence Academy-Old North: A trip to Memphis
Posted on 02/24/2014
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Last fall, Keith Davis, academy director, took the chance to ask professional athletic teams for donations to give to students as rewards. A few weeks later, Confluence Academy-Old North found out they were getting basketball tickets from the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies for a game – in Memphis.

Fast forward to February 2014...Confluence Academy-Old North planned a field trip to Memphis as an incentive reward for University of Junior Academy students who met expectations for academics and behavior. The trip focused on education, not just fun.

A summary of the trip gives a glimpse into their experience.

Lorraine Motel Memphis“In connection with Black History Month, students from Confluence Academy-Old North visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. This trip not only was enjoyable for the youth, but also the adults that were chaperoning. As we toured the museum, our students were engaged in learning more about some historical moments and struggles during the Civil Rights movement, such as how people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Ella Jo Baker, Mary Bethune, and Harriet Tubman, to name a few, struggled and died to ensure we were given a fair opportunity to enjoy what was written in 1776 as part of the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

After a day of learning more about our history, we were treated to an NBA game featuring the Memphis Grizzlies and the LA Clippers. All of the students and chaperones had a wonderful time watching a live NBA game.

The last stop before arriving back home in St. Louis was lunch at Lambert’s Café in Sikeston, Mo., the home of the throwed rolls. We had around 60 students and 12 chaperones return back home with smiles and memories for a lifetime!

Our staff chaperones were Sonya Murray, principal; Keith Davis, academy director; Patricia Henry, Cotreena Jones, Ieshea Goree, Tameka Cooley, Sheila Caradine, Erik Jefferson, Robert Narrow, Gary Mitchell, Orlando Payton, Sherman Lindsey and LaKisha Martin.”

~Submitted by LaKisha Martin, data owner, Confluence Academy-Old North

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