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Speech by Dr. Evans

Speech by Dr. Anne R. Evans, Principal of Savoy Elementary School, in Support of FBI Adopt-a-School Programs

I completed the 11th session of the FBI Citizen’s Academy at the Washington Field Office. I for one have seen the tremendous benefits from having a special partnership with the FBI for 19 years and with the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association.

Savoy was adopted by the FBI in 1990 and was the first school to have the Junior Special Agents program. The signed declaration between the FBI and Savoy proudly hangs on the wall in my office. Savoy ES is special because we are the only elementary school that has both the Junior Special Agent program and the mentoring/tutorial program. The Junior Special Agent program teaches our students respect, responsibility, conflict resolution, physical fitness, and career building. Agents and FBI personnel act as “Big Brothers and Big Sisters” in the mentor/tutorial program by lending a listening ear and working with their mentees to strengthen core academic skills. Students involved in these programs possess self-esteem, integrity, and outstanding citizenship. Through the length of this partnership over 600 students have been inspired to become productive citizens of our city and nation.

The FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association gives our students enriching experiences by funding field trips that otherwise our students would not be able to afford. Students have walked the battlefields of Gettysburg; visited Mt. Vernon, the home of our first president; set foot on the first settlement of the United States, Jamestown, Virginia; and experienced Colonial Williamsburg. They have viewed the stalagmites at Luray Caverns, taken a walking tour of Washington, D.C., and will soon visit New York City and see the United Nations and Ellis Island. Our students had the opportunity to dine at Clyde’s and left with a math assignment on percentages. Their parents received a turkey and all of the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast. They traveled to Baltimore to hear Dr. Benjamin Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon from John Hopkins University, give his inspiring “Think Big” speech. What a way to learn!!! Our students are anxiously awaiting their culminating activities at Quantico where they will see several demonstrations and take their fit test that they have been preparing for all year. The Junior Special Agents at Savoy are also looking forward to their graduation in which they will take the “Pledge of Duty” and become full-fledged junior FBI agents.

Many Savoy students have reaped the benefits of this program, but here are a few success stories. Petrina Williams, a psychology major, is graduating from Virginia State University in December 2009. Melvin Woodcuff is graduating a year early, third in his class from Woodson Senior High School, Business Academy. He has been accepted at Chennault University, PG Community College, and has applied to Howard University School of Business. Shantice Evans (no relation) is an eighth grader at Friendship Edison and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. All of these students were recognized for individual successes at their Junior Special Agent graduations.

None of the enriching travel, lecture, or dining opportunities would have been available to our students without the dedication and financial backing of the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association and the Washington Field Office. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to you enhancing the lives of more students.