Janet Jackson had a sentimental homecoming Friday in Gary. The singer, youngest sibling of the Jackson family, and her brother Randy, spent time at the Jackson childhood home at 2300 Jackson St. in Gary. They also visited Roosevelt High School to talk with students and encourage them to pursue their dreams.
The Jacksons' visit to Gary came a day after Janet's tour stop on her State of The World Tour at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
EdisonLearning has providing academic services at Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy since 2011.
Janet told Roosevelt students she was proud to be back in Gary. "The last time I was here I was eight years old," said the Grammy-winning singer. She said when her brothers began to get famous and the family moved to Los Angeles she was about two or three years old.
The soft spoken singer said she was excited to be back but it was also very emotional.
"When I saw the house ... I just started crying," she said, with tears in her eyes. "Me and my family are so blessed. I'm so thankful," Janet said.
"We wanted to come here and visit Roosevelt," Randy said. Jackson siblings Jackie and Rebbie attended the school when the family lived in Gary. "When we left (Gary) all we had was love and a dream," Randy added.
During the Q & A, students asked advice for going after an entertainment career, wondered who the siblings admire in the music field and other inquiries about their show business lives.
Janet told students she looks fondly on those younger days with her family. "I miss those times when I was with my brothers and sisters and we would all be performing together," she said.
When asked advice for going after dreams, Janet said "Stay focused and keep your dream." She added there's much out there to detain people from reaching their goals.
Randy added, "Be the best you can be, work hard and keep God in it."
"Yes, that's most important, " Janet stressed. "Always keep God close to you."
Janet said she had a number of favorite musical artists but her main inspiration in the business definitely has roots with her brothers.
When a student asked what a favorite past album of hers was, she singled out "Rhythm Nation." "When I was writing it, the things (that were happening then) are still happening." She pointed to "drugs, ignorance, racism" and the other tragedies and evils currently going on in the world.
Students from EdisonLearning UK’s partner, Kingsthorpe College, are currently on a seven day return visit to the United States, and having visiting EdisonLearning partnership schools in the Chicago-area, and Gary, Indiana. Over the weekend of October 21-22 , they spent time at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and visited Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary yesterday.
This is the second year of the Project Take Flight program, which continues the links, both cultural and educational, between Kingsthorpe College and its U.S. partner schools, as well as further develops an understanding of the different education systems in both countries. In 2016, the UK students were able to learn a great deal about the education system in America, the students felt that they would like to know more about the transition to and from high school and the process of achieving a high school diploma.
The UK students have also continued to develop the Social Justice project they began at TRCCA and would like to be able to continue and develop this further – the issue they chose, healthcare, will continue to be high profile especially in light of recent political changes.
On October 25, Bridgescape Learning Academy-Humboldt Park was pleased to welcome the Kingsthorpe students and staff. During the visit, Bridgescape and Kingsthorpe students shared experiences, and discussed political, social justice, and education concerns that challenge not only the city of Chicago, but the world as a whole.
Kingsthorpe College students were also presented with mini-lessons from a few of Humboldt Park’s teaching staff, who touched on slam poetry, debating the struggles of achieving the “American Dream,” and working together to solve logarithms. The Kingsthorpe also enjoyed Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza from Giordano’s Pizza.
Sunrise High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL has produced a new informational video that promotes the school’s success in helping students earn their high school diplomas. To see Principal Martie Lovely and her students, follow the link below.
Focused on student achievement, high school graduation, college, and ultimately a meaningful role in society – Sunrise High School in Ft. Lauderdale brought a number of its seniors to the College Fair, held at Nova University last week.
The students, and their parents, were provided an excellent opportunity to explore options for post-secondary and higher education, and learn about financial aid and admission requirements. Representatives from more than 125 colleges, universities, technical schools and all branches of the U.S. military were present to share information and answer questions about their institutions. Participants were also able to attend workshops on finding money for college and navigating the college admissions process.
Students from Chicago Bridgescape Learning Academies recently visited FBI Headquarters in Chicago. They were participants in the first-ever community meeting with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), which seeks to bridge relationships between the community, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This special opportunity to the students was arranged by the Enrollment Department.
Students learned about the use of force laws, policies, and procedures that exist in policing, and how those are applied to everyday situations. Students were able to be put in the real-life situations that law enforcement officers come across on a daily basis. They also learned about “The Color of Law” statute that protects the civil rights of all US Citizens.
Finally, students got to enter the FATS (Firearms Training Simulator) which taught the students basic gun safety as well as placed them into scenarios that law enforcement officer deal with every day. The FATS trainer uses inert weapons in an interactive scenario where you forced to determine whether or not the use of force is necessary.
The students were able to connect with many different people from inside of state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as many community leaders to hold meaningful discussions that will increase the dialogue that happens between civilians and law enforcement.