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The Still I Rise Program Celebrates 10 Years

On April 27, 2017, the Still I RISE Program, formally known as the “And Still I Rise” Ceremony based out of the SLPS Office of Special Education, celebrated 10 years of honoring some of our finest students of various abilities.

The program’s premise is to promote self-awareness and advocacy for the selected students who participate in the educational experience. Developed in 2007, the program and recognition ceremony has evolved to include community service learning. Students were given an opportunity to enrich their understanding of how to serve their schools, district and local community through participating in a community service project. Our students applied state standards normed actions to complete these classroom activities and real world skills.

Honorees were selected based on their efforts during October, anti-bullying month. This school year, the Still I RISE Program honorees included Kayla Harrington of Fanning Middle, Jovan Hansman of A.E.S.M at L’Ouverture, and Avery Williams of Hodgen Elementary. During the month of October, each honoree completed a community service learning project on bully prevention. This year’s keynote speaker was Veta Lynn Jeffery. She is the Manager of Community Economic Partnerships for the state of Missouri in the Department of Economic Development.

The honorees were recognized and celebrated for their accomplishments and commitment to complete a service that met a public good in their school and community.