Giving Tuesday Proves Extra Charitable for One Teacher

One of our teachers, Laura Schuhwerk, recently got the exciting news that she won $5,000 from DonorsChoose on Giving Tuesday. DonorsChoose is a website that facilitates donations to teachers for specific needs and projects. The purpose of DonorsChoose is to connect the public to public schools.

On Giving Tuesday, DonorsChoose ran an additional contest for a chance to win $5,000. Each donation that you made or that someone made to your project gave you an additional entry. Ms. Schuhwerk donated to another project by a counselor at GCAA. In addition, she received several donations to her own project, to support literacy efforts at GCAA and make it easy for students to have books on hand for DEAR Tuesdays (Drop Everything And Read Tuesdays). Ms. Schuhwerk was excited to find that her project for DEAR Tuesday was fully funded, finding out that she also won $5,000 was an extra bonus.

“I love the organization and am so excited to pay their generosity forward by helping fund other DonorsChoose projects here at GCAA along with vamping up supplies in the GCAA Makerspace,” said Schuhwerk.

Congratulations to Ms. Schuhwerk on winning the contest and thank you for continuously looking for ways to help out Grand Center Arts Academy.

GCAA Solves for Tomorrow

Laura Schuhwerk, a makerspace teacher, had a class submit a proposal for Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Contest and they made it to the statewide finals. Solve for Tomorrow is designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), this nationwide contest challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEAM can be applied to help improve their local community.

While it is a great enough honor to make it to the statewide finals, Ms. Schuhwerk and her class are looking to move on in the competition. From here a state champions is chosen that will then compete against the other state champions for the grand prize. All state winners will receive $25,000 in Samsung technology for their schools, the top ten finalists will receive $50,000 in Samsung technology for their schools and they are invited to attend the Pitch Event. The Grand Prize Winner receives $150,000 in Samsung technology for their school.

As stated above, the purpose of the contest is to help improve a problem within the community. Throughout the years teams have chosen projects that assisted safe driving, supported the free lunch program, and improved pesticide processes. Ms. Schuhwerk asked her class what they felt the greatest problem facing their community was and they responded with crime and safety. Throughout this program they hope to design an app and tracker system to help keep people safe and help crimes be reported quicker.

Good luck to the students! We will keep you posted on any updates.

Multiple Congratulations Are In Order

First, Preather Preuitt has made the All-State Honor Choir. This is the highest honor a choir student can achieve in the state of Missouri. He earned one of only four spots for basses in the St. Louis Metro area. Plus, we had three students audition for and make Metro 8, an honors ensemble comprised of the best musicians from each city school, private school and the Fort Zumwalt School District. The three students were Imani Smith (8th Grade, Double Bass), Madison Hathaway Wheeler (8th Grade, Violin) and Kareemah Thomas (11th Grade, Viola). These students and the other members of the ensemble put in a lot of hard work to have a successful concert. As always we are so proud of our students! Keep up the good work!

GCAA Webmaster Moving On . . . Welcome, Standpoint!

I have really enjoyed serving as Webmaster of GCAA, ever since 2011.  Since then, I have had the privilege of posting thousands of photos of GCAA students, hundreds of posts and creating dozens of videos featuring administrators, teachers and students. I hope you have enjoyed these postings.  I have been honored to do this job, most of this work occurring during the years while my daughter JuJu Vieth attended GCAA. But now it is time to move on--I will be tending to my law practice and whatever else comes my way. The new Webmaster for this website will be Standpoint, and I wish them all the best. Erich