Episode #105 - November 30th, 2016
This week we learn about the Five Star Life program at Dowagiac Middle School, and the Drum2Change program in Elkhart, Indiana. Both programs are raising the bar for students’ success. We also hear from Dr. Kenneth Spells, the new superintendent of the South Bend Community Schools Corporation.
Original Airdate: November 30, 2016

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  • November 30th, 2016 Photo Carmen Garcia, Pat O'Keefe, Matt Severin, Jorge Benitez, Seth Maust, Kameli Eslick More Information

    Five Star Life

    November 30th, 2016 Photo
    City: Dowagiac, MI
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    Five Star Life started in 2005, and is now in school districts across the nation, serving thousands of students. Through the use of curriculum, intentional mentoring, and experiential learning, students receive character education, leadership development, improve their academics, and learn to refocus and tackle obstacles.

    Guests:

    1. Carmen GarciaFive Star Life
    2. Pat O'KeefeFive Star Life
    3. Matt SeverinFive Star Life
    4. Jorge BenitezFive Star Life
    5. Seth MaustFive Star Life
    6. Kameli EslickFive Star Life

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  • November 30th, 2016 Photo Janessa Jackson, Aaron Fabian, Leo Castro, Dawn Ashton, Jorge Benitez, Seth Maust, Kameli Eslick More Information

    Drum2Change

    November 30th, 2016 Photo
    City: Elkhart, IN
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    Students in the Drum2Change program perform in a group called “Roots of Rhythm.” This program, based on the World Music Drumming curriculum, aligns lessons with the national education standards for music. Engaging in music fosters teamwork, responsibility, goal setting, and improves focus.

    Guests:

    1. Janessa JacksonStudentHawthorne Elementary School
    2. Aaron FabianStudentHawthorne Elementary School
    3. Leo CastroStudentHawthorne Elementary School
    4. Dawn AshtonMusic TeacherDrum2Change and Roots of Rhythm Director
    5. Jorge BenitezFive Star Life
    6. Seth MaustFive Star Life
    7. Kameli EslickFive Star Life

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