Maplewood High School is having a very good day
Where to start?? Firstly, let's all congratulate Maplewood principal Ron Woodard for his amazing profile and video in today's "Tennessean." It's a realistic look at how Dr. Woodard has started an important turn-around at one of Nashville's key high schools.
More than 90 percent of Maplewood’s 950 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. It was a school with only six business partners from its northeast Nashville neighborhood and only $91,000 in college scholarships the year before Woodard took over, he said.
The school now has 34 business partners, and its students were awarded $1.4 million in scholarships at the end of the 2011-12 school year. This year’s seniors are on track to earn $2 million in scholarships, Woodard said.
There's a very special reason why he's featured in the paper today. Head over to the Tennessean website to see what that is.
Adding to this great news, Maplewood students got a great gift this morning - a brand new, fully stocked fitness center.
The Maplewood Alumni Foundation and Mayor Karl Dean came out cut the ribbon just this morning. It was built in partnership with YMCA of Middle Tennessee, a big community partner for Maplewood, and Dane Fitness Equipment, who donated all of the machines and weights. Amazing.
And in a sign of even more community support, Maplewood's campus got a little touch up and a few fresh coats of paint over the weekend thanks to volunteers working with Comcast Cares. They painted, put together furniture, dusted off library shelves, delivered donated supplies and did a little landscaping (even though it was pouring rain!).