Worth Celebrating: Collins Academy High School honored by visit from Nicki Minaj and Get Schooled Foundation

Getting schooled has never been more fun than what occurred at Collins Academy High School yesterday afternoon as students and staff were honored for most improved attendance and winning the “Get MotivatED Challenge.” The school saw an almost 7% increase in attendance in just a six-week period.

Corps member Andrea Serrano huddles with students before they go on stage to perform at the assembly.

The Get Schooled Foundation, along with sponsors Comcast and AT&T, pulled out all the stops the star-studded assembly. Musician Nicki Minaj surprised students over the school’s PA system and announced that she would be celebrating with the students throughout the day.

Nicki Minaj and Sway talk with three students after they performed their motivational song about staying in school.

Mr. Bailey’s class of seniors and Mr. Shay’s class of freshman students received a special message from Ms. Minaj about the importance of staying in school. The two classes had the highest attendance rates.

“You all have your entire life to be grown ups, right now just focus on being kids,” Ms. Minaj said. “Come to school, listen to your teachers, and have fun — that’s what being a kid is all about.”

Following her talk with the two classes, Ms. Minaj joined MTV VJ Sway for an all-school assembly that featured performances by students and an ACT trivia contest with students and teachers.

The City Year Chicago team serving at Collins played a huge role in helping the school increase overall attendance rates at the school. With the help of the team’s attendance programming like morning greeting and open gym, the students were not only coming to school but coming to school early! The corps members also keep a close watch on students who are falling behind because of low attendance and try to address the issues behind why they’re not coming to school. City Year Chicago work to keep students in school and on track is clearly working, and helping to contribute to school wide initiatives like “Get MotiviatED.”

The event ended on a great note as Comcast, who is also one of City Year’s national leadership sponsors, awarded three students with $10,000 scholarships to help pay for college.

Way to go Collins Academy High School! Keep increasing that attendance rate!

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