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2023 Rising Knights HBCU College Tour

by: Regina Hendrix

This unique tour strives to stimulate interest, among select students, in attending one of the public or privately supported HBCUs. This year, we will visit eight colleges: Jarvis Chrisitan University, Wiley College, Paul Quinn College, Grambling State University, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College, and Jackson State University. The project's long-term objective is to develop ways and means to ensure that qualified BMHS high school students become familiar with the historic mission of Black Colleges and Universities and their broad range of high-quality educational programs and academic fields. Another objective is to identify students who would especially benefit from the stimulating and supportive learning environments so characteristic of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, while comprising only three percent of the nation's 3,688 institutions of higher learning, are responsible for producing approximately 23 percent of all bachelor's degrees. Over 50 percent of African Americans who graduate from HBCUs go on to graduate or professional schools. HBCUs contribute to the continuing rise of black intellectuals, professionals, and creative artists, which is evident throughout American society. HBCUs graduate over 50 percent African American professionals, 50 percent of African American public school teachers, and 70 percent of African American dentists. HBCUs also award more than one in three of the degrees held by African Americans in natural sciences. By participating in this fundraiser, you will be helping approximately 20 young people in their pursuit of higher education! Our students will receive an enhanced awareness of the academic programs, entrance requirements, career opportunities, social and emotional support mechanisms, and financial resources offered by HBCUs. In addition, our own Knightingales Step Team will be performing! The trip will also include time when the youth will be able to see the most popular sites and attractions in the areas and participate in a community service project.

Beloit Memorial High School

Beloit, WI

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BMHS Cheer Uniform Campaign for Students in Need

by: Regina Hendrix

Several BMHS Cheerleaders are in need of uniform assistance. We want everyone to be able to participate and not worry about monetary constraints. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone is interested in being a sponsor (any little bit helps). The full uniform package is $300, but donations are appreciated at any level, as they may not need full sponsorship. Please consider donating even a small amount, as "just" $10 is $10 less that parents have to pay! Thanks for any support you are willing to offer! And remember, donations are tax-deductible! GO, KNIGHTS!!

Beloit Memorial High School

Beloit, WI

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Loads to Success for Beloit Students

by: Alexis Haenel

Loads 2 Success is a program that was created in 2017 but due to the COVID pandemic had to be put on hold. It is being revived to include 2 laundry drop off locations. It will be operating out of Beloit Memorial High School at 1225 4th St. and Beloit Learning Academy at 1033 Woodward Ave. This expansion will allow more students and their families access to clean clothing. Students will be assisting with the washing of the laundry at both locations and will provide daily living and job skills that they can use to gain employment and/or run their own households. This is a non-profit program and we do not charge to do the laundry. Your donation will help us purchase laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and supplies to support this program.

Beloit Learning Academy

Beloit, WI

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Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship 2022-2023

by: Jennifer Paepke

The School District of Beloit is proud to continue our Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program to provide scholarships to minority students who decide to pursue careers in education. These new teachers will return to Beloit and our community of learners to begin their career. This year, we look forward to awarding a second scholarship to a current staff member in a support role who would like to complete their bachelor's degree, and begin teaching in the district! We are proud to announce that our we have our first teacher hired this year as a scholarship recipient now working at Todd Elementary! You help to support the journey of students becoming teachers! With extensive national debate about Closing the Achievement Gap in education, we believe having a quality diverse workforce is a key component to address this issue. However, in too many schools throughout our nation, school districts continue to struggle with educating a very diverse student population with a less-than-diverse workforce. According to the School District of Beloit's 2020-2021 Staffing, Recruitment & Retention (Diversity) Report (dated December 2020) there were 35 African Americans, 3 Indian/Alaskan, 9 Asians, and 33 Hispanic/Latinos out of a total of 503 professional educators within the entire school district. In essence, there were 80 minority professional educators out a total of 503, which is 15.84%. This is not reflective of our current student population of 69.1% minority students. The School District of Beloit believes that such a disparity is unacceptable and has taken action steps to address this issue. The School District of Beloit not only values diversity, but also believes our workforce should be reflective of the students and community it proudly serves. Additionally, the School District of Beloit believes that it is important that students see and possibly, have the opportunity to be taught by a teacher who looks like them within their educational experience. Therefore, in an effort to ensure a mix of diversity in our professional teaching workforce, the School District of Beloit launched the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage minorities to pursue teaching as a career and return back to teach in Beloit. Your support of the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program not only helps our students, but the community as well. Diversity helps our students to be more globally competitive. Michael Lee, a diversity consultant said, "Diversity in the workplace increased creativity, increased productivity, promoted new attitudes, enhanced new language skills, expanded global understanding, and helped develop new processes and new solutions to difficult problems". Mary McCleod Bethune once said, "The growth or destruction of a nation begins in the homes of its people". Beloit is our home. An investment in our students is an investment in our future. Therefore, we ask that you support the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program. A small investment today will yield great returns for our Beloit school district, community, and businesses tomorrow.

Beloit School District

Beloit, WI