Roxboro Elementary Students are Inspired to do Their Best!
We are almost finished with the 2nd trimester and have had several amazing events for our students. One event that I would like to highlight was our Success Story Assembly that was moderated by Wayne Dawson, from Channel 8 news. A few months ago in order to prepare a meaningful program for Black History Month, we invited several successful African American business people that grew up in Cleveland Heights or the area. We were so fortunate to have the following people attend our panel discussion on Friday, February 23 (they are in order from left to right on the picture).
Steve Hammett - Chief of Police in University Heights
Janine Boyd - State of Ohio Representative
Julian Rogers - Cleveland State’s Director of Community Partnerships
Vanessa Whiting - one of the top 100 Attorneys in Ohio, President of AES Management
Taylor Smith - Ms. Whiting’s daughter and graduate of Roxboro Elementary & Middle Schools
Moderator - Wayne Dawson - Newscaster and co-host of Fox 8 in the morning
All of our students in grades K-5 submitted questions to ask our panel. Grades 3-5 students viewed the discussion in our auditorium and learned about how to reach their own future goals. The following questions were asked - What did you want to be when you were in 1st grade? What experience or person inspired you to select the path you chose and when did that inspiration occur? What was the most difficult thing in your early journey to success? Have you ever been treated unfairly because of your race or gender?
The students heard from each of our panelist on these questions. Their responses inspired our students to always do their best. Many shared that they have had to overcome situations where they weren’t treated properly but that you should always be the better person and never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. They shared that it is important to treat people in a positive way. Each of their successes relied on them being prepared ahead of time and their message to the students was to study hard and always do your homework. The theme of all the responses was to believe in yourself and your ability; stay focused and don’t let anyone discourage you.
The assembly finale had Roxboro students cheering “I CAN DO IT” to each challenging question. We hope that this small, local slice of black history has inspired our students to go forward and live out their dreams.
Principal Shelley Pulling