Drum-Major & Honoree Stephen Foulkes Interview
"I want to study music education like he did--learning from him on ways to become a better teacher to people in the band," says drum major Stephen Foulkes, referring to Murphy.
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To: KIPP RENAISSANCE
Featured Student: Drum Major "Christopher"
Acceptance to Morehouse
Excellent job, and remember to whom much is given much is required. Setting the tone and raising the bar high. Your efforts and dedication have redefined excellence. Continue leading by example and keep up the great work.
Judge Harry Cantrell
I support the Blonka Movement and her efforts to restore the community and uplift the youth. She truly cares and is leading by example as a productive citizen
Mr. Lester Wilson
The Blonka Movement is impressive to me because the focus is on people or groups in the community that do positive things. In my case, I like the awareness the Blonka Movement shared on me, my students, and my school, Kipp Renaissance. Too often, we see and hear about negative things that are happening in our communities. It is refreshing to see positive stories about people, organizations, etc. Keep up the good work. Please continue to show the work of dedicated teachers/students. Sincerely, Lester Wilson, Band Director at KIPP Renaissance High School
Kipp Renaissance High School
Lisa & Louis
Blonka and her team have been helping us out providing me and my husband with food and clothes. I love what her organization represents.
There's nothing she wouldn't do to help someone in need. My life will never be the same, many people walked past me as I was sleeping on the ground time and time again under the Claiborne bridge. Many times I was robbed and couldn't sleep, my clothes and food were stolen. Blonka is a hero and her team is the blessing that answered my PRAYERS. God Bless and thank you for everything you have done to help us.
Thank you so much for your recognition of the school, the band, and its members. I like the approach you are taking to draw the community's attention to music programs and their importance. Your recognition serves to motivate these students to continue putting their best efforts forth.
Grace King High School
Director of Music
Grace King High School
Mr. Philip Veneziano
On Valentine’s Day my special needs classroom was honored by the Blonka Movement. My students were expecting a small class party with the usual chalky-heart candy, exchanging cards, and creating something for their families. What they received instead was a party I’m sure they will remember for years to come. The Blonka Movement honored each student with a certificate celebrating their differences and a personalized Valentine’s Day basket, complete with chocolates and a stuffed animal etc. What stood out to me more than anything else, was the way Blonka and her associate became part of our class family. Instead of dropping off gifts, taking a few pictures, and leaving; they celebrated with us. Since that day, the Blonka Movement has maintained and fostered a relationship with my students. Students like mine don’t often get to expericance this degree of love and dedication from people outside of their school community and for that I am eternally grateful.
The inspiration behind our Reach One Teach One Program is the everyday role model who encourages everyone, including the youth, to "Be Yourself ." While advocating for Mental Health & Suicide awareness; none other than Oprah Winfrey who has set the tone for African American's down a path for the youth to follow, and some creating a lane of there own. Tamron Hall, Barack & Michelle Obama, Iyanla Vanzant, Beyonce Knowles Carter, LBJ, Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres Reach One Teach One Motto Program. It's also a platform to look at the journey of many significant pillars and role modes of ideal communities that have made a name and represent hope for the youth, as were increasing the graduation rate within the educational system. Provoking change with elite panel representation to motivate there mind from engaging in unproductive activities.
The Founder of the Blonka Movement has been intrigued by Oprah's ability to be transparent and selfless, putting people first. Maneuvering through critics reaching triumph while teaching the Universe how to look past color and identifying with the character of the person.
As a token of our appreciation, we've implemented "Creative Awards" to connect & acknowledge the youth while creating change within the community and school system . Prestigious awards bestowed upon Paragon leaders in the community with an educational background that goes above & beyond to keep extracurricular programs. BM Raise awareness towards Music, Band, and Orchestra, Special Needs Programs, and uplifting Mental Health Advocates, etc. The impact of being honored by thy: Blonka Movement Be Yourself Motto Program "has changed the perception of whom our youth can become setting the bar higher." Imagery is supposed to start at home but what our eyes and ears gravitate to is those whom we can see ourselves following in the footstep of, Humanitarians, Trailblazers with a relentless work ethic and so much more.
Perks of being honored: CEO Guest Panel Q&A, which can include Honorable Judges, Business CEOs, Political Speakers, NFL Athletes, Staff Associates, etc.
DeGeneres Motto Awards Below,
Kipp Renaissance High School, 2017
recipients of " The Stop the Violence Highest Achievement Award, DeGeneres Motto. - Honoree, Director, Mr. Lester Wilson.
Grace King High School, 2018
recipients of, " Pandora's Box Highest Achievement Award, DeGeneres Motto.- Honoree, Director Mr. Connor Murphy.
Raphael Academy, 2019- 2020
recipients of, "Be Yourself Award," DeGeneres Motto. Honoree Teacher Mr. Philip Veneziano.
Each Honoree received different perks, including a mix of donations, balloons & gift baskets, spa gift cards, Donations on behalf of Styll Water, and a day of awareness.
Possible Media coverage to shed light on the school, teachers, student body, and staff. Media allows the Honoree to share their story to the public, including hardships and achievements. We are making the public aware of how they can support a moment of recognition.