2006-01-20 / Community

CVSR Students Choose Candidates For New Name

Tierra Holmes, Tiffany Collins, Mark Coleman, and Ashley Blackett make it clear that they are most inspired by Madam C.J. Walker, who was born a slave, but became a self-made millionaire in the cosmetics industry.Tierra Holmes, Tiffany Collins, Mark Coleman, and Ashley Blackett make it clear that they are most inspired by Madam C.J. Walker, who was born a slave, but became a self-made millionaire in the cosmetics industry. When sixth-grade students of Channel View School for Research (class 614) learned in November that P.S. /M.S. 43 was planning to rename their school in honor of a distinguished individual, they began researching some potential nominees for that honor. They decided on six people of distinction and worked in groups to prepare persuasive letters nominating them and outlining why they are good candidates. Their teacher, Vivian Carter, invited P.S./M.S. 43 to visit Channel View to hear the letters read by students.

In the first week of December, P.S./ M.S. 43 Parent Coordinator Tamika Rivera, and PTA President Lauren Mighty, took Channel View up on their invitation. Channel View Principal Patricia Tubridy and parents joined the audience. Groups of three to four student speakers teamed up to eloquently summarize why their candidates were worthy of this honor. One group wrote: “Most schools are usually named after important people who have died, but we think that should change.” The individuals nominated included: the late singer Ray Charles, former president Bill Clinton, Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft), former Bronx resident and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, the late Olympic track and field champion, Wilma Rudolph, and the former slave turned self-made millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker. P.S./ M.S. 43 expects to make a decision on naming their school soon. Who would you select?

Honored guests enjoy the speeches (from left to right):  P.S./M.S. 43 PTA President Lauren Mighty, Channel View Principal Patricia Tubridy, and P.S./M.S. 43 Parent Coordinator Tamika Rivera.  Honored guests enjoy the speeches (from left to right): P.S./M.S. 43 PTA President Lauren Mighty, Channel View Principal Patricia Tubridy, and P.S./M.S. 43 Parent Coordinator Tamika Rivera.

Justine Bennett, Shakeya Obie and Natali’ Green nominate General Colin Powell, who served as a great role model by going from the streets of the Bronx to the highest levels of power in the U.S. Government.
Justine Bennett, Shakeya Obie and Natali’ Green nominate General Colin Powell, who served as a great role model by going from the streets of the Bronx to the highest levels of power in the U.S. Government. Anayjay Sparrow, Michelle Nova-Luna, and Jackie Godoy express the view that Wilma Rudolph is clearly the most worthy candidate, since she overcame an incredible physical disability on her way to Olympic stardom.  
Anayjay Sparrow, Michelle Nova-Luna, and Jackie Godoy express the view that Wilma Rudolph is clearly the most worthy candidate, since she overcame an incredible physical disability on her way to Olympic stardom. Kamruddin Kader, Opeyemi Fadeyibi, and Voshon Lopez describe why Bill Gates should be selected—due to the great contributions he has made to help the New York City schools.
Kamruddin Kader, Opeyemi Fadeyibi, and Voshon Lopez describe why Bill Gates should be selected—due to the great contributions he has made to help the New York City schools.

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