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Mentor School Senior Spotlighted in State of The Union Address

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    April Hattori

In the State of the Union Address on January 28th, President Barack Obama commended Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) senior Estiven Rodriguez who overcame obstacles and received a college scholarship to Dickinson College with the support of his family, school, and community.  The President also praised WHEELS’ groundbreaking College March that honored its seniors who marched to the post office to mail their college applications.  WHEELS is one of 21 Mentor Schools, which are the top-performing schools in the Expeditionary Learning network.

Click on the photo to view the State of the Union excerpt.  Below is the the transcript of the President's remarks:

“Of course, it’s not enough to train today’s workforce. We also have to prepare tomorrow’s workforce, by guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education.

Estiven Rodriguez couldn’t speak a word of English when he moved to New York City at age nine. But last month, thanks to the support of great teachers and an innovative tutoring program, he led a march of his classmates – through a crowd of cheering parents and neighbors – from their high school to the post office, where they mailed off their college applications. And this son of a factory worker just found out he’s going to college this fall.”

Read the New York Daily News story here.