Jonesville Academy holds ribbon cutting and open house ahead of the start of the year

Jonesville Academy holds ribbon cutting and open house ahead of the start of the year
Published: Aug. 28, 2021 at 3:28 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Earlier in the year, two organizations Boys to Men Leadership and For Real Change Inc. came together to create the Jonesville Academy.

Both non-profit organizations wanted to create an academy to help scholars excel in the community by providing leadership opportunities outside the classroom.

Now, just weeks away from the beginning of the inaugural year, the Jonesville Academy held a ribbon-cutting at WKU, in what used to be the Jonesville community in Bowling Green.

Tyreon Clark, the co-founder of the academy says, “Jonesville was a vibrant black community, that housed black community members, housed two churches, one elementary school and multiple businesses on the grounds that we stand today. Where the baseball field, the football field, in the basketball arena, this place, imagine that field full of houses and businesses and churches and a school that gave so much to this community in Jonesville is the reason why I stand here today.”

“I’m so glad that we were able to see what we can do now and bring a community of people together to support us in getting everything started,” Aurelia Spaulding, the other Co-Founder of Jonesville Academy.

“It’s pretty fun hanging out with my friends and then to, like, hang out and do science and do all this fun stuff around,” adds Jordan Whitlow Clark, a student at Jonesville Academy.

Classes will officially begin September 11, the academy is 14 weeks.

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