Ten years ago, I walked into volunteering at a place called the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club. At the time, I had no idea what I was getting into, and soon got caught up into Mr. Mathews’s philosophy of offering children the best opportunities possible. City Academy is the result of the success of the Mathews-Dickey educational programs. It takes Martin Mathews’ simple philosophy of offering programs for children that will be the very best. That’s what we’ve set about doing, creating the very BEST school.

While this is the culmination of so much planning by so many people, it is the beginning of things to come. Our dream was not just to create, but to build and develop a top independent school that can impact children for a long time. To this end, we have only begun.

To be successful, City Academy will need continued support of so many, including each of you. So I offer a challenge to each of you.

To the City Academy Board… I challenge each of you to make your contribution to City Academy meaningful and impactful. City Academy needs your time, energy, knowledge, support and leadership to assure that we always meet our mission of providing the best educational opportunities.

To all of our friends… To constantly hold us to the high standards necessary to the best. Reward us with your encouragement, your enthusiasm and your generous support that will enable us to sustain City Academy for a long time.

To our staff, our teachers and our principal… to continue your dedication, devotion and high expectations for City Academy students. All of our will make our school great!

To our City Academy parents… to form a partnership with City ACademy, and show commitment to your school by becoming actively involved and help build a school you can be proud of be a part of.

To our City Academy students… Your are our first students, and it is up to you to be leaders. Your challenge is to set an example for all future students by dedicating yourselves to reaching your full potential, and achieving the excellence that we see in you.

Thanks everyone for making this a special day… hopefully the first of many in the life of City Academy.

Written by Don Danforth III

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