Manor ISD is excited to announce Bavu Blakes as one of four Austin-area mentors selected as a 2016 American Graduate Champion by the KLRU American Graduate Advisory Board. The recognition comes during Spotlight Education Week on KLRU, and the fourth year teacher will be profiled in a special 4-hour feature called American Graduate Day 2016, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
Blakes, a well-known Austin rapper and 7th grade Humanities teacher at Decker Middle School, was chosen for blending his musical experience into his curriculum and engaging students. He, along with three other American Graduate Champions were honored at the Austin Chamber of Commerce Sept. 12.
“I’ve always been an innovative mind, so it is an honor,” Blakes said. “To continue to get recognized in a way that reinforces our campus culture, student’s ideas about me, and also the narrative about our district, it feels like a really good validation.”
American Graduate Day is a national campaign by public media to promote individuals and organizations working to improve high school graduation rates. The goal is to help keep children on the track to obtain a high school diploma.
“He is what I call a community leader,” said Jon Bailey, Principal of Decker Middle School. “He advocates for students, equity, adding value to their lives. He has used his talents and passion to make educational connections to students.”
The initiative is funded by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. Local support for Spotlight Education Week comes from Austin Community College.
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