Monday, February 18, 2019

McNair High Conducts Second Shoe Drive

   The McNair High Achievers worked together to organize a Shoe Drive for the second year.  Members of the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy, McNair Travel Club, McNair Cluster Student Leadership Council, National Beta Club & National Honor Society have collectively reached their local community to help developing nations create micro-enterprises with shoes. Last year they collected over 2,600 pairs & we need your help to surpass last year's efforts.  You too can participate by donating gently worn or new shoes to McNair High School.  The first shipment leaves Monday, February 25th so stop by soon! 

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    The inspiration manifested when the McNair Travel Club went to Guatemala in 2016 to help build schools out of plastic bottles filled with inorganic trash.  Hug It Forward partnered with World Ventures Foundation to create volunteerism trips.  Watch the video clip below to see Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta or Click Here for link.  All the pictures are uploaded & updated Click Here for all Pictures.

Fox 5 highlighted McNair on shipping day.

Students complete monthly impact projects while developing their leadership skills.  They also participate in weekly presentation & communication skills workshops with Global Innovators LLC.  The students are doing a great job representing their family, school & community.  They want to see more positive news & are willing to be change agents to make a difference.  I am proud of them & love seeing their bright smiles when they accomplish their goals!

Dekalb Free Press Newspaper Feb 8th 2019

Lifestyle section of Champion Feb 21st-Feb 27th

Just like our Chick-Fil-A shirts say...Impact Through Action!

Together we loaded up 2,525 pairs of shoes.

A BIG THANK YOU to FOX 5, Champion Newspaper & Chick-Fil-A Sponsor Jonathan Hollis, all volunteers & patrons.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

McNair High Beta Club placed 4th in National competition.

     Throughout the school year the students have completed numerous impact projects and were much more prepared for competition.  CNN had a student spotlight which featured Jaylin Simmons on live TV.  Several National Beta Club students won 1st place at the regional competition in Jekyll Island for Service Snapshot and Lead Outside the Box.  This qualified McNair for an opportunity to compete at nationals in Savannah, GA.  I am happy to say that we are now ranked 4th in the nation for Service Snapshot with over 20,000 students from across the country at the competition.  Jaylin combined the principals she learned in Chick-Fil-A Leader Labs with the Beta Club requirements to earn 48 of 50 points during her presentation of Human Trafficking Awareness.  She highlighted research, a panel discussion, interactive lessons, student involvement, class presentations, teacher activities, and voices of victims.

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Congratulations to the National Beta Club for a job well done! 

Beta Club Motto:  Achieve, Build Character, Lead & Serve.

Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy Motto:  Impact Through Action

Monday, April 9, 2018

The National Beta Club of Dr. Ronald E. McNair High won 3 regional awards at the 2018 Jekyll Island Leadership Summit

Congratulations to the members of the National Beta Club at Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School!  Jaylin, Shantaja & Tymia won Lead Outside the Box, Service Shapshot & Outstanding Leadership School which earned them national qualification to represent McNair in Savannah in June.  While McNair was the only high school from Atlanta, they were inspired by Dekalb Academy of Technology & Environment who represented the middle schools well!

The students have been working hard all school year getting involved in more community service projects, leadership opportunities, impact projects, and communication skills workshops.  They are definitely making a BIG DIFFERENCE in their school & community!  Their classmates recognize that any of them can be the next leader by taking action.

The amazing Middle school students at Dekalb Academy of Technology & Environment won 4 awards...same 3 as McNair plus Rapid Response.  Kudos to the staff & parents who contribute to the development of these bright young adults.  They have a desire to learn, they are competitive & represented well!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

My Freedom Day at McNair High

McNair High School is very involved in the fight to end Modern Day Slavery & help students become more aware of factors that effect our freedom.  Student leaders have prepared demonstrations, presentations & a panel discussion to make an impact.  

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Click Here for CNN educational videos & material

Click Here for Negative Pushes Lesson Plan & Video

Click Here for She Is Safe Organization

Click Here for Jaylin Simmons Sex Trafficking Prezi 

The panel discussion was enlightening!

Dr. Stockett helped the students get ready for the panel discussion.

Jaylin & Jamilia prepare a sign to get people to take more pictures.

BIG THANK YOU to our guests!

Mugshot Release of Sex Traffic Suspect Video

Making of a Girl Video

CBS 46 Waging War on Atlanta Evil Underbelly Sex Trafficking Hub Video 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Basket Weaving Workshop

   Last summer I had the pleasure of participating in a workshop called Rivers to Reefs with the GA Aquarium where we explored the waterways from Atlanta to the coast of Georgia.  Our week-long tour included a visit to Sapelo Island where we met several well known people who inspired us!  Mrs. Lula @Lula'a Kitchen, Mrs. Yvonne Grover Master Basket Weaver & educator @Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the late Cornelia Bailey known as the historian, educator from Hog Hammock, and author of "God, Dr. Buzzard and the Bolito Man" & more. I'm so happy to see Mrs. Grovner has agreed to come to Atlanta & teach her skills!!! 

   This workshop is designed to teach people of all abilities.  You will learn how to weave a sweet grass basket to take home with you.  Mrs. Yvonne Grovner is a world renowned basket weaver from Sapelo Island Georgia who was taught by the Historian & National Treasure Allen Green.  They have crafted thousands of beautiful baskets dispersed all over the world including several museums.  They are considered Gullah-Geechees & are direct descendants from Sierra Leone West Africans who worked on coastal plantations.

Learn to create a work of art in less than 3 hours & preserve a tradition.
All materials will be provided for you.

Watch this 10 minute video

Click the following link to get registered.

Click here to see a video of  us learning basket weaving!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thank You Supporters! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!  Thank you for your support of the McNair Travel Club & High Achievers throughout 2017!  The students' success would not be possible without donors & volunteers!  Students have been able to make a difference, build character & participate in more opportunities.  

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We accomplished a few things in 2017:
  1. Raised $1,677 in 2017 through Go Fund Me
  2. Collected over 2,600 pairs of new or gently worn shoes for other countries & still counting
  3. Raised $2,224 through Donor's Choose for Presentation Skills & Outdoor Classroom
  4. Raised & donated $321.19 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for Pennies for Patients
  5. Volunteers & student leaders participated in numerous monthly impact projects.  See High Achievers Page
  6. Students traveled on numerous educational excursions.  See Travel Club Page
We still need your support so consider McNair Travel Club & High Achievers.  There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation for 2017.

Shoe Drive Donations will be accepted until January 6th.  Last minute donations can be dropped off between 10am-1pm at McNair High on January 6th.  1804 Bouldercrest Road, Atlanta, GA 30316

Click Here to Make a Donation

Drop Off Locations also Include: 
Dance 411 at 475 Moreland Avenue
Shane's Rib Shack 1221 Caroline Street
Atlanta Sports Complex 2581 Gresham Road
Barack Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology
Flat Shoals Elementary
Kelley Lake Elementary
McNair Discovery Learning Academy
McNair Middle

Note:  The deadline is now January 6th at 1pm at McNair High

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wings Over North GA Air Show

The Wings Over North GA Air Show in Rome Georgia was an amazing event!  Members of the McNair Travel Club, Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy, National Beta Club, teachers & volunteers worked together for two days while enjoying the experience.  We sold smoked sausage, nachos & hot dogs.  The students got a real-world experience counting change for customers & preparing food at a fast pace.

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Ms. Lumpkin is all smiles as the students set up the concession stand.
Jordan did a great job for the 1st time as the cashier.

Mr. Harris was the 1st Grill Master

Mr. Jeff was the 2nd Grill Master

Camron was the 3rd Grill Master

James tests is hearing..."huh, what...who me?"

This helicopter blew dust on everyone!

The Blue Angels Flight crew did an amazing job!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

32nd HBCU Alumni Hall of Fame week inspired Dekalb County Youth!

The Positive Image Program brings the Kings & Queens of Historically Black Colleges & Universities to the high schools.

  Dr. Ronald E. McNair High had an assembly with the royal court of Fisk & Lincoln Universities that targeted all the Juniors & Seniors.  The conversations included goal setting, life before college, getting prepared, and handling adversity.  #HOFweekend2017

     The Call to Womanhood & Call to Manhood symposium advised the girls & boys in separate sessions.  Students from Cedar Grove, Columbia, Dekalb Technology South & McNair  High were enlightened, inspired & mesmerized by the dynamic speakers who shared their stories.  Many of the senior girls were surprised when Dr. Cheryl Dozier, the president of Savannah State University, gave them scholarship offers & her business card. "Have your 60 second elevator speech ready because I walk with money," she advised.  Hank Stewart talked to the boys & shared his world renowned poem "Mad!" Thank you to all the volunteers & leaders who made this event possible!


Congratulations to Crystal Brooks Miss Fisk University for her new title of "Miss HBCU Alumni Hall of Fame"

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Friday, September 8, 2017

McNair High Achievers volunteered at both Chick-Fil-A Bowls

McNair High Volunteers at the Chick-Fil-A Bowls...Alabama 24 vs Florida State 7 & GA Tech 41 vs Tennessee 42. 

McNair High Chick-Fil-A Leaders & Travel Club volunteered at both games...Saturday Alabama vs Florida State & Monday GA Tech vs Tennessee.  Thanks to Chick-Fil-A Franchise Owner & Operator John Hollis who sponsors our school, the students were able to help behind the scenes.  They prepared sandwiches at the World Congress Center & CNN Center.   Then made deliveries to the Mercedes Benz Stadium.  Can you believe these students enjoyed working?  They worked well together & got the job done.  They only prepared 550 sandwiches in the WCC.  Then walked to the CNN Center to prepare another 400 sandwiches only to get ready to walk a lot more to make deliveries.  We all have an appreciation for the hard work behind the scenes!  Chick-Fil-A makes Customer Service look easy...Fresh chicken, fresh lemonade, 2 pickles on every sandwich, crisp folded bags, lots of smiles...The employees took pride in their work & trained the students well!  Thank you for the opportunity! ;)

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Friday, June 30, 2017

GA Aquarium Rivers to Reefs Workshop

The Rivers to Reefs experience began with a behind the scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium and an overnight stay.  15 teachers from around Georgia got a week-long hands-on approach to research & education. We explored, critiqued, applied, analyzed, evaluated, gained a wealth of knowledge & increased our aqua-comprehension skills.  Funding is provided by GA Aquarium, Gordon State College & Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.  

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Click Here to view Profiles of the Selected Participants in Georgia