Happy holidays from all of us at The Ginn Academy. We are all gearing up for a few weeks of rest and recharging, time with family and friends, good food and gifts. In our ongoing efforts to open our (virtual) doors and bring you inside our school, we'd like to share a few Christmas memories, wishes, and holiday favorites.
Rashee, a freshman, opens presents with his family and then goes out for breakfast at IHOP. His favorite holiday song is Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Jameel hopes for a car and remembers his PS3 as his favorite gift ever.
Darrien enjoys decorating the Christmas tree with his family and says that his favorite ornament is a pine cone decorated with green and white glitter that he made years ago. He celebrates with his mom and 2 brothers and 3 sisters. His Christmas wish is to have his father home from prison.
Ms. Smith, one of our English teachers, has many family traditions this time of year. "We always put the tree up after Thanksgiving, always make prime rib for Christmas, and we do our family gift exchange on Christmas Eve," she says. Her favorite gift came from her mother, the necklace that she is wearing in this photo.
Rob J, one of our youth support staff members, has some favorite Christmas foods -- eggnog and cookies. And in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, he wakes everyone up to give them each one gift.
Craig, one of our seniors, has a nice breakfast and opens gifts with the younger kids. His favorite Christmas song is Let it Snow.
Brothers, Jimond and Terrell, are ready for a couple of weeks of rest and fun. Jimond (left) wants a state championship title for the Glenville basketball team. Terrell remembers his favorite gift ever as a bike with a big wheel in the front like a motorcycle.
JaBrae, a junior, likes the toy store scene in Home Alone 2.
Donquez's family opens one gift on Christmas Eve and his favorite food this time of year is his Auntie LaShear's macaroni salad.
Our principal, Mr. Petty, remembers his first bike as his best ever Christmas gift. His favorite holiday movie is The Preacher's Wife.
Before we close out the blog for this year, we'd like to also share a few photos from our recent awards ceremony honoring our honor roll students and those with perfect attendance.
Our average attendance rate at Ginn Academy is 93%. Truly excellent. Fifty-five of our young men were recognized for perfect attendance. In addition, we honored three students for the High Honor Roll, ten on the Honor Roll, and 26 on the Merit Roll. We are so, so very proud of every single one of these boys!! And it was wonderful to see so many family members there to cheer them on!
In this photo, Benji, the mother of one of our seniors, Banji, walks up to accept his award as he couldn't attend the ceremony that day.
Wishing all of you joy and kindness in your lives. Thank you for caring about our school.
Sending love from everyone at The Ginn Academy