Harlem Ambassadors Hilarity and Heartwarming Stories
“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.
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."
October Dates To Remember
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!
One More Time!
Picture Re-take Day at Lincoln Elementary will be Wednesday, November 2nd.