Of the ten program finalists in the Oakland Press/Oakland Schools Excellence in Education Awards Program, Lake Orion had three in the running: LOHS "Real Talk", Paint Creek "Go For the Gold Program" and Webber "Academic Booster Council", AND, Webber won 1st place!!! They won $1000 and a beautiful plaque.
The Academic Booster Council (ABC) is a peer mentoring program in which fourth and fifth grade students, referred to as "coaches", work with struggling lower elementary students, called "buddies", to master crucial, concrete skills such as math facts, sight words, letter/sound correspondence and number identification. The program empowers the older students to become even stronger leaders while the academic impact on the younger learners has been truly amazing.
Congratulations to Principal Sarah Manzo and Psychologist Michelle Showers for initiating this outstanding program and for being recognized as 1st place in the County!!