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The Maverick Drill Team steps to “We Are Family” at the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy’s community Thanksgiving dinner that featured students presenting lessons they have learned about anti-bullying Tuesday night.
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Students serve up bullying lessons

‘Dinner with a purpose’ at Marshall Academy showcases character

Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy students give a performance based on lessons learned about the six pillars of strong character, including anti-bullying.

Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy’s Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday night had all the traditional fixin’s: turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, green beans, rolls and various desserts. But this gathering was about more than celebrating the November holiday.

“It’s a dinner with a purpose,” said Tameka Wilson, the school’s interim principal.

The “Stand up, speak out, feed out bullying” community dinner was a gathering of students, families and members of the community and gave students the opportunity to show off what they’d learned in character education, a national program focusing on six areas, or pillars, of strong character.

For the past month, Marshall Academy students have been learning about the sixth pillar of respect, which also includes bullying awareness.

Classes studied the topics in different ways and presented what they learned in different forms like posters and performances, including a rap, for the attendees.

“It’s very important to let the community know that bullying can happen in school but it also shouldn’t be happening outside of school,” Wilson said.

The Urban League and teachers at the school donated food items, and the school’s lunch provider cooked the food.


•Bishop Luers High School Music Department will hold its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Admission is free.


•On Dec. 8 Bishop Luers High School will administer the Henry-Keefer Merit Scholarship Exam to any current eighth-grade students interested in competing for a total of $10,000 in scholarships to attend Bishop Luers. Pre-registration cost is $10.00. Please arrive at the school at 7:45 a.m. Exam begins at 8:00 a.m.

•Manchester University junior Miranda Piercy will receive a PNC Foundation-Indiana scholarship to help her toward a career in elementary education. Piercyis one of two Hoosiers to receive the Foundation’s “Improving School Readiness for Underserved Children through Teacher Training Scholarship.”

Saint Francis

•Formula for Life students will be collecting donations of construction supplies, surgical supplies and bulk food for direct receipt by the Rev. Andre Sylvestre, the director of a Haitian orphanage students are working to rebuild. Those who wish to donate should contact Amy Obringer, Formula for Life faculty adviser, to make sure the donation fits the Haiti project. She can be contacted at or 399-7700, ext. 8210. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 10.

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