Saturday, October 23, 2010


Contact: Erica Hattings-Brodeur
Office Phone: 860-527-0575
Mobile Phone: 860-830-2981

All Candidates Confirm Participation,
Laurie Perez of FOX-61 to be Lead Moderator

Dr. Michael Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer of Jumoke Academy Charter Schools, announces that on Monday, October 25, 2010, Jumoke Academy Honors Middle School will takethe lead role in a debate between Connecticut’s First Congressional District Candidates. Ann Brickley, Ken Krayeske, Chris Hutchinson, and Rep. John Larson will face their toughest challenge yet– a debate with a format created and all questions by the school’s students.

Seventh–grader Gabriel Buenrostro, and eighth-graders Enyce Walker and Diana Mignott will moderate under the guidance of FOX-61’s Politics and Current Affairs reporter, Laurie Perez.

The event will be held from 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm in the auditorium of Jumoke Academy Honors Middle School, 339 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT. It is a collaboration between the school’s staff, educators, and the Cool Justice LLC creator Andy Thibault. Due to the size of the venue and student participation, seating space is limited, but standing room will be available.

In 1997, Thelma Ellis Dickerson founded Jumoke Academy under the state’s new Public Charter School Law. At the age of 75, she took initiative to provide the children of Hartford a high quality education and the ability to close the achievement gap between urban and suburban students. Nearly 14 years later, Jumoke Academy is now comprised of two charter schools: Jumoke Academy Elementary, educating students from Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, and Jumoke Academy Honors, an academically rigorous middle school, preparing its Sixth-Eighth graders for high school and beyond.

Honors Middle School Principal, Doreen Crawford, commented that, over the past several years, Jumoke Academy Honors Middle School is consistently rated as one of the highest performing urban public schools in the state.

For more information, or to confirm attendance, please contact the Jumoke Academy Honors Middle School at 860-527-0575 or e-mail Erica Hattings-Brodeur at

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