ABC 24 Cool School: Alcy Elementary School

ABC 24 Cool School: Alcy Elementary School

Alcy Elementary School in south Memphis is very impressive. From academics to the arts, teachers there weave fun into their everyday lessons.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Alcy Elementary School in south Memphis is very impressive. From academics to the arts, teachers there weave fun into their everyday lessons.

It’s not Carnegie Hall, but you never know - one of these days one of these talented youngsters could be playing there.

I discovered right away on our visit to Alcy Elementary, it’s truly one of a kind.

"They are amazing," said music teacher chelsea subick. "they have the passion to do it. We had I guess about 30 or 40 3rd graders that played last year and this is the cream of the crop."

It’s not often you hear a class of 4th grade violinists this good, and they’ll tell you they've put in plenty of work.

"I like that i get to play the violin… I liked it right away," said student Christian Dennis. "Sometimes I’m at home and I have my pencil and I practice."

Student Nekiah Reid said, "We practice two times a week and if we don’t get to practice two times a week, we make up another day of practice."

However, the arts aren’t the only great thing about this south Memphis school; academics are a major focus. In fact, we walked in on a math class where the students were actually teaching, helping to put together video-taped study guides for their classmates.

Principal Sunya Payne says the staff here tries to bring a bit of fun to the school day. During our visit the teachers were dressed up for 80’s day, which was all a part of a week of activities for Teacher Appreciation Week.

"We take the time out to laugh, to show the kids that we have fun as well, but yes education is our top and main priority," Payne said.

At Alcy they’ve also developed a mentoring program for kids whose parents are incarcerated. Members of the community come in to provide a positive role model for kids.

Payne said, "It gives the children a sense of hope to know that there are others that care."

It’s that sense of community that everyone here says makes this place so special. Add that to the emphasis on the arts and a strong academic foundation, and Alcy Elementary is without a doubt a cool school.

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