StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-114003728710613.jpg’, ‘Photo by James Thompson’, ‘School Board Member Mike Williams, State Sen. Dave Syverson, Mayor Larry Morrissey, Pastor Kennth Dismuke Sr., and State Rep. Chuck Jefferson.’);
Saturday, Feb. 11, the Fountain of Life Improving the Community Academy, 2729 Kishwaukee St., hosted its first press conference. The purpose of the event was to promote awareness of the Academys services to the community and to solicit financial support for the schools operational purposes.
The Academy provides training and employment opportunities primarily for those considered disenfranchised, disadvantaged and at risk. It serves individuals ages 17 and older. Courses include GED preparation, computer literacy, character development classes, and vocational instruction in carpentry HVAC and truck driving.
Keynote speaker was Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, who was accompanied by his sister, an adviser to President George W. Bush. Daniels is pastor of the Holy Redeemer Church in Milwaukee, Wis., and bishop of the First Jurisdiction of more than 100 Church of God in Christ churches, several of which are in northern Illinois. The panel also featured Mayor Larry Morrissey, State Rep. Chuck Jefferson, State Sen. Dave Syverson, Rockford School District 205 Board member Mike Williams, Jerry Norquist of Rockford Products, Bishop James Washington, board member of the Academy and pastor of St. Paul Church of God in Christ, and many others.
Some points of interest: Rockford relies primarily on School District 205. There is no other alternative program in Rockford that serves anyone older than 14, and there is no charter or vocational school or school choice in Rockford.
For more information about the Academy, contact Pastor Kenneth Dismuke, president, at (815) 397-4175 or 509-5131.
From the Feb. 15-21, 2006, issue