Harlem Ambassadors Hilarity and Heartwarming Stories

The Harlem Ambassadors (l to r):  Yoshives "Yoshi" Belizaire, Patric "HD" Massey, Melvin  "Mel o' Matic" Dolberry, Jr. and Alexander "Pops" Wright, Jr.   

“I can touch that,” said Harlem Ambassador Alexander, “Pops” Wright, Jr. who was joined by his Harlem Ambassador colleagues:  Yoshives “Yoshi” Belizaire, Patric “HD” Massey and Melvin “Mel o’ Matic” Dolberry, Jr. at Lincoln Elementary School to share their personal stories of challenges and success during a PTSO sponsored assembly at the school.   

Pops in action!
Learning not to be chickens, but to soar like Eagles!
   “In kindergarten I jumped over my desk,” said Pops, who quickly advised students against following that particular example.  As his elementary school years went on, Pops found himself jumping higher and higher and reaching more and more goals.  From doorways to exit signs, Pops continued to jump until sixth grade when he realized he could achieve his goal to jump and touch the rim of a basketball net.  His love of basketball was born and he has never looked back.  While playing in eighth grade Pops broke his leg in three places and endured a yearlong recovery that included bullying by his peers as a freshman in high school.  “We’re all given gifts,” said Pops, “but in an instant they can all be taken away.” 
For stepping "outside their comfort zone" and volunteering with a demonstration, Cambry Geldmeyer, Dominic Giglio and Michael Smith got tickets to a full Harlem Ambassadors show.
Gabby Giacolona, Logan Hayes and Danelly Avila got to assist with showing off some basketball skills and earned tickets to a Harlem Ambassadors show.   

Unlike other show basketball squads, members of the Harlem Ambassadors aren’t kids who went astray and found their way back, but rather adults who made choices as kids to complete their education and all members of the team are college graduates.  Their individual stories dealt with teaching kids to respect themselves and their peers, believe in themselves and set goals, not become a bully and to focus on their education.  Sometimes they simply stood quietly before the kids and told their stories and at other moments they selected volunteers from the audience to participate in reenactments of a life lesson or a display of their skills.  Students who were chosen to participate were given tickets to a show later in the evening at Lowell High School.  Whether getting teachers to dance or students to 'dab,' the Harlem Ambassadors brought their messages of positivity to an enthusiastic crowd, courtesy of the Lincoln Elementary School PTSO.   

  Getting to Know Principal Walley


Melissa Walley brought many years of teaching experience to Lincoln Elementary when she first arrived as Assistant Principal in August of 2012. Mrs. Walley previously taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Chicago, as well as serving the School City of Hobart for thirteen years.  She became Principal at Lincoln Elementary in August of 2013. She is a native of Crown Point and continues to reside in her hometown with husband Dennis, two teenage daughters, Hannah and Ella, and her Pomeranian, Tessa.

Mrs. Walley earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University Calumet, a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. “I believe that one of the most important and exciting things an educator can do is to keep learning,” says Walley. She received the honor of the 1st District American Legion Department of Indiana Educator of the Year in 2016. 

She is an avid reader and brings her love of reading and learning to all of the students at Lincoln Elementary School, through events and activities such as the One School, One Book initiative. "For the past two years, this initiative has offered a book to each student to read together with their families. At school, we discuss the book, just like we talk about current events, movies, and video games. To date we have read The One and Only Ivan and Stuart Little. Both books have created new experiences and exciting memories for my students."

Introducing new initiatives and expanding learning opportunities for students are hallmarks of Melissa Walley's career and she continues to serve the Hanover School Corporation as one of its innovative administrators. 



    October Dates To Remember

    October 3rd - Book Fair Week Begins
    October 4th - Hat/Mismatch Day $1.00 (to raise money for Harlem Ambassadors presentation)
    October 7th - Dress as a Storybook Character for Time Out for Reading
    October 7th - Family Fall Festival @ 5:00 p.m.
    October 11th -  PTO Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.
    October 20 - 21 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
    October 24th - Red Ribbon Week Begins

    Monday-10/24 - Peace Out to Drugs - Wear tie dyed clothing or peace symbols.

    Tuesday- 10/25 - Too Smart to Start - Dress like a nerd.

    Wednesday- 10/26 - Use your head, don't do drugs. Hat Day!

    Thursday- 10/27 - We're too bright to do drugs! Wear neon clothes or sunglasses.

    Friday- 10/28 - I mustache you not to do drugs. Wear red!

    Students who participate every day will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!

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  • One More Time!

    photo retake

    Picture Re-take Day at Lincoln Elementary will be Wednesday, November 2nd.  

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  • Student Resource Officer 
    In an effort to continue to provide and maintain a safe learning environment in the Hanover Community School Corporation, we have begun a School Resource Officer program.  This program will continue to establish positive ways of communication between students, parents, the community, and the school corporation.  If you have any pertinent information you feel is worth sharing that will help us on this mission, please contact us using the below email address.  All contact information will remain confidential and will only be used for the betterment of the Hanover Community School Corporation.

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  • Contact Info:

    Mrs. Walley
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3602
    Mrs. Trepton
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3601
    Mrs. Larson
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3612
    Medical Assistant/Attendance
    Mrs. Mikulich
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3603
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