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9th Grade students listen to Dennis Talbert speak during community time.

Ninth Graders Take "Promise Program" to heart at Frederick Douglass Academy

The Frederick Douglass Promise Program is making a major impact on the ninth graders at Frederick Douglass Academy.  Months in the planning, the program is designed to ease the transition of freshmen to high school and encourages them to excel academically and socially by offering support from administrators, school counselors, parents, teachers, upper-classmen and community leaders. Unlike existing bridge programs, which run 4-6 weeks and focus on brushing up academics for incoming ninth graders, the Promise Program supports students year-round.

Freshmen Malik Smith, Damond Jackson, De’Ontea Owens, Hezekiah Green, and Jaisean Griffin applauding after reciting the Frederick Douglass creed with LTC Jefferson raising his fist in support.

Living History: Frederick Douglass students meet and talk with former Prisoner of War

U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson, with tears in his eyes, raised his fist in the air, the 9th grade students at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men said the creed. In unison, the students recited “[...] honorable young men of integrity filled with potential and endless possibilities [...] we will meet and exceed the expectations of those who came before us.

Douglass principal Berry Greer enjoys playing music and used to be a band director.

Getting to know ... Principal Berry Greer

The Eye of the Hurricane staff interviewed Frederick Douglass principal Berry Greer so students could learn a little more about him. Question: What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most? Seeing the boys grow from boys to young men because most of them have been here since sixth grade. Answer: What are your hobbies? My hobbies are model rockets and I also play in a big band [Ben's Friends]. Q: What was your position before being principal? A: I came up through the ranks, I was a dean of students and assistant principal. Q: What inspired you to be a principal? A: I [was] never really inspired to be a principal.

Students in the GIS program examined maps, including this one of San Diego, California.

DPSCD students earn internships through GIS program.

Twice a month at Frederick Douglass Academy, students from over 35 Detroit Public Schools Community District gather as part of Geographic Information System (GIS) program. The GIS program consists of students working with professionals to learn more about computers and GIS maps in hopes of preparing them for a summer job. According to the Grace Project, which runs the program, students who finish eight required courses will be qualify for a six-week GIS internship with a City of Detroit department. I participated in the program on Feb.


Richards keeps Douglass safe

By Kamarion Smith The Eye of the Hurricane interviewed Douglass security officer James Richards, who is well respected and appreciated by students, parents, and staff.  Question: What are your hobbies? Answer: "I enjoy gardening and cooking.

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