The St. Louis Public Schools Nahed Chapman New American Academy welcomed more than 500 new students this school year. Many endured difficult escapes from civil unrest in countries including Syria, Somalia and the Congo. Students (re)start their educational pursuits at the New American Academy (NCNAA) where teachers and social workers teach accelerated English and help students adjust to their new homes. Once ready, students matriculate to a range of St. Louis Public Schools. Thanks to generous and visionary donors Henry and Susan Warshaw, the SLPS Foundation was proud to establish the Alexander Hamilton Fund in April 2017. The fund will provide much-needed emergency support to New American Academy students and their families as they settle into America.
In addition, two alumnae of the New American Academy, Lun Nim and Mehamed Abdi, were awarded the Nahed Chapman Alumni College Scholarships with partial support from the Alexander Hamilton fund. “It was so important for me to have a safe environment in which to practice English and learn about American customs; the close-knit community of NCNAA gave me the confidence to move on,” noted Lun Nim in her scholarship application. She moved here from Myanmar in 2009 where civil war threatened her safety, graduated with honors from Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, and is headed on to pursue a career in medicine. To contribute to the Alexander Hamilton Fund, click here or contact Jane Donahue at 314.331.6175.
The SLPS Foundation is also grateful to the Daughters of Charity Foundation which will be funding the District’s efforts to provide computer training and literacy to New American families next year. Additionally, the St. Louis City Mental Health Board will support ongoing training for Nahed Chapman New American Academy staff to learn strategies for helping the MANY students at the school who have endured both the trauma of violence and war in their home countries and the turbulence of relocation.