Singing for Hope


Last week, we hosted our first Talent and Art Showcase. The event was an opportunity for our scholars to showcase their talent in singing, dancing, and the arts. The event began with 12 individual dance performances. The performances included:  solo and group dance acts, solo singing performance, duet of the hit song “Glory” and poetry accompanied with art work. The final part of the performance featured our 4th and 5th Grade scholars singing Hezekiah Walker’s “I Need You to Survive.” This was our way to pay tribute to the recent hurricanes that destroyed homes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. It was also a tribute to the victims of Las Vegas who lost their lives in the largest modern day mass shooting in US history.

In addition to singing the tribute song, the scholars spent the previous weeks learning about the damages and working together to find their best way to pay tribute to those in needs.

Facts about Hurricane Harvey:

Total fatalities: 77

Highest Wind Speed: 134

Dates August. 17- September. 3

Affected States: Texas and Louisiana


Facts about Hurricane Irma:

Total fatalities: 134

Highest Wind Speed: 183

Dates August 30 - September 16

Affected Areas: Florida, Cuba, and Puerto Rico


Las Vegas Shooting:

Perpetrator: Stephen Paddock

Date: October 1, 2017

Deaths: 59 (including shooter)

Injuries: 546

Attack Types: Mass Shooting, Murder Suicide

To learn more about the tribute watch the news clip here.


David McGuire

Mr. McGuire is a middle school teacher in Indianapolis, Teach Plus Policy Fellow, and currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Indiana State University for Educational Leadership. Driven by the lack of having an African American male teacher in his classrooms growing up, David helped launched the Educate ME Foundation, which is geared towards increasing the number of African American male teachers in the classroom. A born and raised Hoosier, he is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for all students in Indianapolis. He describes his educational beliefs as a reformer grounded in the best practices of traditional public schools, where he was mentored by strong leaders. David graduated from Central State University with a degree in English and also holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.