The Pillar - January 2019 - Cornerstone Schools
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The Pillar – January 2019

Cornerstone Health + Technology High School Students to Visit Senegal
Cornerstone Health + Technology High School students Brandon Harrell and Da’laye Ford will be traveling to Senegal in July on behalf of Youth for Global Health and Social Justice, as part of a group of sixty high-performing high school scholars from Detroit.
These students are being trained in the specific skills they’ll need for the trip, as well as youth advocacy and social justice. Shown here, students study at Beaumont Hospital during one of the twice-monthly, full-day lessons covering public speaking, waterborne disease, engineering, financial literacy and French.
The mission of the trip is to install toilets in a small village and in a school. Watch for updates on the “Road to Senegal” in future issues of The Pillar.
Recap: Cornerstone Alumni Luncheon
On December 19, 2018, twenty high school alumni gathered at Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy, including the first graduating class in 2015 to the most recent class of 2018.
Ernestine Sanders, Executive Director of Education, was excited to see the accomplishments of former Cornerstone students and the many friendships that have continued beyond the halls of our schools. “Our luncheon was reflective,” Ms. Sanders shared. “We talked about what is concerning them and how they can best be supported after their high school years.”
Antonia Justice, class of 2015, commented on the Alumni Luncheon, “Connecting with my fellow Cornerstone alumni is really nice. It reminds me that I am supported. It feels like home.”
Ms. Sanders says that staying connected with alumni is essential as Cornerstone develops the structure of post-high school support for the students. She plans to offer the graduates more opportunities to volunteer at Cornerstone schools and hopes to eventually develop specific programs for all Cornerstone alumni.
Support Our Winter Clothing Drive for Cornerstone Families
It’s not too late to donate warm clothing – like coats, gloves, hats and scarves – to our winter clothing drive!
Through the end of January, Cornerstone K-8 schools are collecting winter items to keep our students warm and families safe this winter. Donation boxes are located at all four Cornerstone K-8 Schools.
Meet the Lewis Family
“Cornerstone has a ‘village’ feel to it. It’s comfortable and familiar,” Karen Lewis shared about her experience as a parent at Lincoln-King Academy. She’s had both of her children enrolled in Cornerstone Schools since they were in kindergarten and feels strongly supported from the staff and faculty throughout the organization.
Ms. Lewis is particularly pleased by the character education that’s provided at Cornerstone. “Cornerstone is also teaching them work ethic, kindness, accountability, honesty and so many other life skills they will use when they are adults,” she said.
Teachers with Passion: Pamela Harris-Hawthorne
Mrs. Harris-Hawthorne, aka Mrs. HH, describes herself as a “natural-born teacher” and we’d have to agree. Her passion for teaching is obvious from her enthusiasm and love for her students.
We’re looking for more teachers like Mrs. HH, so if you or someone you know is looking for a new teaching position, submit your application here:
Partners Share Their Career Experience at January Partner Morning
Last week, we debuted a new theme for Partner Mornings at the K-8 schools. Career Pathways was the focus and Partners had the opportunity to share their career experience – details about their jobs, their unique educational journey, and how their work impacts others.
Similar to show-and-tell, Partners brought fun things to share with the students, including branded sunglasses, hospital face masks, and poster boards with
photos. Our friends from DTE even created a vibrant presentation to display and brought gifts for the students in their classrooms.
Students asked many questions and were excited to share with their peers what they learned from their Partners. It was a fun morning for all!
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