On Monday, April 29, 2019, members from the Academy eighth grade Leadership Class, from Coahoma ISD, visited the KBest Country Chaos Morning Show during Community Calendar to talk about their upcoming trip to Philadelphia on May 26-29, 2019. While there, they will present an action research proposal to medical officials at the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
During the year, the 25 member Leadership Class prepared an action research proposal which is an in depth process of inquiry to take action on an issue. Their proposal, titled Project Headache, questions the rules and laws protecting youth in little league sports from concussion trauma.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is a nationally ranked medical rehabilitation hospital specializing in spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
Also during the trip, the students will visit various educational sites including the brain exhibit at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
During their live interview, the students thanked their sponsors, and noted that even after their fundraising, the group was still $1,000 short from meeting their goal. While still live on the air, an anonymous listener called in to make a generous donation of a $1,000 to the students.
On Tuesday, Mark Richardson presented the Academy eighth grade Leadership Class with the final $1,000 from the anonymous listener.
In addition to the final $1,000, funding for the trip was made possible because of donations from the community and several local businesses some of which are Bulldog Steal, Tumbleweed Trucking, Border States Electric Supply, All Washed Up, Big Spring Bowl-A-Rama, Lumbre, Basin Welding Inspection, and Pizza Inn.
The Academy is an optional program for Coahoma ISD students, grades kindergarten through eighth, using innovative methods of teaching, hands-on learning, movement and music to emphasize academic lessons in a structured environment.