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Six Word Memoirs to change lives

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Apr 19, 2013

Six Word Memoirs to change lives

with Communities In Schools of Palm Beach County
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Synopsis

As legend has it, when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words, he penned the following: For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

And so inspired by the Six Word Memoir of, perhaps, America’s greatest author Communities In Schools of Palm Beach County has partnered with a local alternative high school to bring students at-risk of dropping out a “yearbook” in celebration of their endurance, and indeed their graduation. However, instead of the graduating seniors being represented by just a quote, these seniors, whose journey to high school graduation has been anything but traditional, are challenged to do more. Specifically, they are challenged to write their six-word high school memoir, and then to write a full-length memoir in explanation and reflection of their journey.

This Year’s Six Word Memoirs:

  • Man of the house, shoes filled.
  • Mommy’s little girl graduated for son.
  • High school: exciting, unexpected, outrageous. Over.
  • Optimistic, not quite. Graduating despite myself.
  • My life hasn’t been a fairy tale.
  • When reality settles in, step up.

Background

Through Communities In Schools, my position is appropriately titled Student Achievement Specialist, for that is exactly my job: to ensure that the students put in my care achieve success, not only in high school but beyond.

I am placed at Riviera Beach Preparatory & Achievement Academy, a credit-recovery alternative high school in Palm Beach County. The students who attend are “staffed” at the school in order to catch up on lost credits and get back on track to graduating. Most of our population faces numerous risk factors, including but not limited to low socioeconomic status, not living with both natural parents, sibling who has dropped out of school, pregnant or parenting, low educational expectations, poor attendance, overage for grade or retained in grade, and low commitment to school. These risk factors have been proven to correlate to students’ likelihood of promotion and graduation.

However, Riviera Beach Prep promotes students all year based on how quickly they recover their credits while also graduating more than 85% of our seniors annually—quite a feat considering, Florida State’s dropout rate is 31%.

I believe that the success comes from the visibility of a well-matched administrative staff, highly-qualified teaching and support staff, and the can-do creative spirit of CIS. We do everything in our power to give these “nontraditional” high school students a traditional high school experience, from clubs to Grad Bash to service learning projects to a yearbook. There are many things we can’t do due to lack of financial support, and this is why we need the public’s help to give our graduating seniors a yearbook.

The Senior Memoir Project

Riviera Beach Prep’s first graduating class of 2012 was featured in the memoir collection last year, and this is the cover and sample page pictured here on Crowdtilt. You can see some of the students and read their stories at http://www.cispbc.org/news/2012-RBPMemoirs.pdf.

Our goal this year is to begin transforming the memoir collection into a yearbook so that the entire school can celebrate in the success of these diligent, steadfast teens. While last year’s collection was 25 pages front and back, this year’s will be 50 pages front back—we hope. Last year, we worked out of our own pocket, but with the school’s partnership with CIS yielding such high results—and thus more graduates—we are looking for financial support to make this project a reality.

Our graduating seniors have been honest and transparent, and our two-person yearbook staff has begun editing the memoirs and finalizing this year’s design. They have garnered the help of local, professional photographers to take the students’ cap and gown pictures in April, and they have hit the pavement securing small donations from local printing companies (25 books and binding). Now all that’s missing is sufficient funding to complete the project.

Budget: $500. Funds will be used for discounted printing or for materials if we cannot get a feasible price from a print center. There are 60 graduating seniors this year, and donations will be used to print the books so each student can have a copy. Any funds donated above the budget amount will be used to start the Memoir Project/Yearbook Budget for upcoming seniors.

Snapshot of CIS Impact:

  1. Who: The nation’s number one dropout prevention agency
  2. What: An evidence-based nonprofit serving at-risk students
  3. When: During the school day
  4. How Long: Serving the Palm Beach County School District since 1984
  5. How Many Impacted: Locally last year, 244 students received concentrated, in-class and out-of-class services.
  6. How Many Hours of Service: More than 16,000.
  7. What are the outcomes: 0% Dropout Rate; 85% Graduation Rate; 88% Promotion Rate 
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The campaign was a success. A big thanks to all our contributors.
$710.00
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Cynthia just made this thing happen. Awesome.
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Robert Agostino
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Have finally chosen a cover for this year’s collection! I’ll ask you what I’ve asked the staff at Riviera Beach Prep, and perhaps your one-word answer will grace the cover with the rest. In one word, what does education mean? Be creative; I already have about 25 answers!
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Valerie Ragland
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Ainsley Douglass
Ainsley
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Maria Nadal
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Samantha Leigh
Samantha
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$140.00
Thank you so much for the awesome early contributions! I just know this project is going to become a reality! Senior picture day went great. And can you believe some of the students seemed to well up with tears the moment they saw themselves in that beautiful maroon cap and gown. Photographers Art Cabell and Mark Haworth did an amazing job and treated each graduate like a star!
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Thank you so much for the awesome early contributions! I just know this project is going to become a reality! Senior picture day went great. And can you believe some of the students seemed to well up with tears the moment they saw themselves in that beautiful maroon cap and gown. Photographers Art Cabell and Mark Haworth did an amazing job and treated each graduate like a star!
2 new contributions
Brendan Twist
Brendan
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Amy Jacques
Amy
Jacques
$105.00
As the editing of the memoirs comes to a close early in this week and the professional photographers begin preparing for a day a celebration on Thursday when the seniors don their caps and gowns for the first time and flash their pearly whites for the camera, I thought it fitting to share some snippets of the students fine-tuned pieces. Enjoy.. .!
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I remember like it was yesterday, walking into William T Dwyer High School. Immediately, I knew I was the man. My head couldn’t have gotten any bigger. I had more ego than P. Diddy. And this was my problem. –DC

This is not a life story nor a bedtime story to keep children in line. It’s your typical reality-will-kill-you tale, but of course that’s a lie because as long as you accept reality as it is, you can tame it. Of course, I’m speaking from the I-finally-made-it viewpoint. I still remember my hardship throughout high school. Though not every moment is one to remember, every tough situation I overcame has contributed to my character. –SE

School was never a walk in the park. Throughout high school, I have run into an alphabet of troubles: FCAT, ACTs, GPAs, you understand. –DB
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More to come! And till then, SPREAD THE WORD!!!
read more
As the editing of the memoirs comes to a close early in this week and the professional photographers begin preparing for a day a celebration on Thursday when the seniors don their caps and gowns for the first time and flash their pearly whites for the camera, I thought it fitting to share some snippets of the students fine-tuned pieces. Enjoy.. .!
_____________________________________________________________

I remember like it was yesterday, walking into William T Dwyer High School. Immediately, I knew I was the man. My head couldn’t have gotten any bigger. I had more ego than P. Diddy. And this was my problem. –DC

This is not a life story nor a bedtime story to keep children in line. It’s your typical reality-will-kill-you tale, but of course that’s a lie because as long as you accept reality as it is, you can tame it. Of course, I’m speaking from the I-finally-made-it viewpoint. I still remember my hardship throughout high school. Though not every moment is one to remember, every tough situation I overcame has contributed to my character. –SE

School was never a walk in the park. Throughout high school, I have run into an alphabet of troubles: FCAT, ACTs, GPAs, you understand. –DB
_____________________________________________________________

More to come! And till then, SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Thank you to our early contributors!
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Campaign Description:

Synopsis

As legend has it, when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words, he penned the following: For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

And so inspired by the Six Word Memoir of, perhaps, America’s greatest author Communities In Schools of Palm Beach County has partnered with a local alternative high school to bring students at-risk of dropping out a “yearbook” in celebration of their endurance, and indeed their graduation. However, instead of the graduating seniors being represented by just a quote, these seniors, whose journey to high school graduation has been anything but traditional, are challenged to do more. Specifically, they are challenged to write their six-word high school memoir, and then to write a full-length memoir in explanation and reflection of their journey.

This Year’s Six Word Memoirs:

  • Man of the house, shoes filled.
  • Mommy’s little girl graduated for son.
  • High school: exciting, unexpected, outrageous. Over.
  • Optimistic, not quite. Graduating despite myself.
  • My life hasn’t been a fairy tale.
  • When reality settles in, step up.

Background

Through Communities In Schools, my position is appropriately titled Student Achievement Specialist, for that is exactly my job: to ensure that the students put in my care achieve success, not only in high school but beyond.

I am placed at Riviera Beach Preparatory & Achievement Academy, a credit-recovery alternative high school in Palm Beach County. The students who attend are “staffed” at the school in order to catch up on lost credits and get back on track to graduating. Most of our population faces numerous risk factors, including but not limited to low socioeconomic status, not living with both natural parents, sibling who has dropped out of school, pregnant or parenting, low educational expectations, poor attendance, overage for grade or retained in grade, and low commitment to school. These risk factors have been proven to correlate to students’ likelihood of promotion and graduation.

However, Riviera Beach Prep promotes students all year based on how quickly they recover their credits while also graduating more than 85% of our seniors annually—quite a feat considering, Florida State’s dropout rate is 31%.

I believe that the success comes from the visibility of a well-matched administrative staff, highly-qualified teaching and support staff, and the can-do creative spirit of CIS. We do everything in our power to give these “nontraditional” high school students a traditional high school experience, from clubs to Grad Bash to service learning projects to a yearbook. There are many things we can’t do due to lack of financial support, and this is why we need the public’s help to give our graduating seniors a yearbook.

The Senior Memoir Project

Riviera Beach Prep’s first graduating class of 2012 was featured in the memoir collection last year, and this is the cover and sample page pictured here on Crowdtilt. You can see some of the students and read their stories at http://www.cispbc.org/news/2012-RBPMemoirs.pdf.

Our goal this year is to begin transforming the memoir collection into a yearbook so that the entire school can celebrate in the success of these diligent, steadfast teens. While last year’s collection was 25 pages front and back, this year’s will be 50 pages front back—we hope. Last year, we worked out of our own pocket, but with the school’s partnership with CIS yielding such high results—and thus more graduates—we are looking for financial support to make this project a reality.

Our graduating seniors have been honest and transparent, and our two-person yearbook staff has begun editing the memoirs and finalizing this year’s design. They have garnered the help of local, professional photographers to take the students’ cap and gown pictures in April, and they have hit the pavement securing small donations from local printing companies (25 books and binding). Now all that’s missing is sufficient funding to complete the project.

Budget: $500. Funds will be used for discounted printing or for materials if we cannot get a feasible price from a print center. There are 60 graduating seniors this year, and donations will be used to print the books so each student can have a copy. Any funds donated above the budget amount will be used to start the Memoir Project/Yearbook Budget for upcoming seniors.

Snapshot of CIS Impact:

  1. Who: The nation’s number one dropout prevention agency
  2. What: An evidence-based nonprofit serving at-risk students
  3. When: During the school day
  4. How Long: Serving the Palm Beach County School District since 1984
  5. How Many Impacted: Locally last year, 244 students received concentrated, in-class and out-of-class services.
  6. How Many Hours of Service: More than 16,000.
  7. What are the outcomes: 0% Dropout Rate; 85% Graduation Rate; 88% Promotion Rate 
 
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