"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."
Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
By embracing innovation, we will inspire our
students to become global thinkers and leaders through they way they
positively impact others at home and school.
Our students gradudate with a toolkit of 21st Century
Skills that they have already put to use while “learning and leading”
during their 14+ years at Innocademy. Their eyes and hearts are wide
open to global needs and injustices. Our high caliber teachers are
empowered and work collaboratively to achieve our school mission. Our
school celebrates results in both “top 5%” academic performance AND
the innovations in education we expect from our radically faster pace of
change and experimentation with best practices. Our culture, structure,
and set of practices lead to additional Innocademy schools in needy
communities locally and globally.
Written by The Innocademy Journalism Team
5th-8th Grade Students
Our school, Innocademy, values leadership and
stewardship. We strive for students to become leaders
of our community and our world. We believe that
even little things can impact others in a huge way.
Many of the activities we do are based on stewardship.
Stewardship is thinking outside of ourselves in order
to leave a positive impact. That impact is made on
others and ourselves because we learn so much about
need in our local and global communities.
A few activities that left an impact on us and on others
this year were based on Hunger in our community. Kids
Food Basket is an organization that helps kids whose
families can’t afford food by packing Sack Suppers.
These Sack Suppers are passed out at school, along
with a breakfast bundle. The Sack Supper includes,
fresh fruit or veggies, meat/cheese sandwich or tortilla
roll-up, 100% fruit juice, and 2 healthy snacks. In the
Breakfast bundle, there is cereal, raisins, or fruit snacks,
juice, and pop tarts. Innocademy got a chance to help
by decorating paper bags with happy messages and
also got to pack over 500 breakfast bundles for kids
who need food right in our community.
This year Innocademy helped out with a food
drive for a local organization for the Holland Rescue
Mission. The Holland Rescue Mission gives a place for
homeless people to stay while they find a job. We had
a competition to see how much food we could collect.
We were able to collect hundred of pounds of food in
order to impact our local community.
Some Inno students went to Koops Inc, where Feed
My Starving Children had set up for the week, FMSC
goes to different states and cities and bring their
supplies for volunteers, to pack meals for kids who
live in countries outside of the U.S. that don’t have
enough food to feed everyone. In the bags are chicken,
veggies, soy, and rice. We were able to pack hundreds
of bags of food to be sent out to feed kids just like us
who need nutritious food.
Other impact activities at Innocademy this year were
based on funds. This year we had a 5k fundraiser for
the Inno kiddos who are going on, what we like to
call “field experiences.” Innocademy field experiences
are big trips that kids go on at 3rd grade and above. On
these trips there is not only personal enjoyment but we
also do a little stewardship, for example, when 7th and
8th grade went to Mexico they hosted a music camp
for young kids! This race impacts others by impacting
our own kids.
When we raise money we raise it to impact people at
home or abroad. For example, if we raise money for an
organization, like Water Wins; Water Wins builds wells
for people in Nigeria, who don’t have access to clean
water. Overall, every penny we make goes to impact
others. We were able to raise over 5,000.00 by having a
penny war this year.
When we send money and food to others locally or
globally, we impact others by filling a need. By helping
others we leave a mark on the world and that is our
goal at Innocademy. We act because there are still many
needs in the world and we are trying to help fill them
so we can all live happily and learn from each other.
Political Science ...
"The study of political science/law is basically the path of least resistance for me. It is a subject that has always interested me, and one that I have proved to be naturally insightful in. Studying political science isn’t just the study of how governments function or how it is composed, but the study of why it exists and to what ends. In short, it is the study of what makes everything else possible."