North Farmington High School received a Great Expectations Award as a proactive school during the May 6 Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner hosted by the Detroit Branch of the NAACP.
The largest sit down dinner of its kind in the world, with approximately 10,000 guests, was held at the Cobo Center. This year’s theme was “We can’t rest now, the stakes are too high!”
In addition to North Farmington, Cass Tech High School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, Novi High School, Pershing High School, Renaissance High School, and Western International High School were honored. These seven North students were recognized for their student activism, orchestrating and participating in the March for Our Lives to End Gun Violence event:
- Cydney Jenkins – 9th Grade
- Lily Kollin – 11th Grade
- Ben Lauter – 11th Grade
- Bebe Schaefer – 11th Grade
- Cameron Simpson – 11th Grade
- Paul Toth – 12th Grade
- Allison Weiner – 9th Grade
“It was a truly powerful, moving, and positive event,” North Farmington principal Joe Greene said. “Our students left feeling empowered, validated, and inspired… It meant the world to them that they were seen and heard, their voices were taken seriously. Their power and potential were acknowledged by an organization that has created and achieved so much good in terms of social justice, equality, and pushing our nation closer to the ideal we could be.”
The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes.