Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton and Love Fellowship's Bishop Laurence Plummer broke ground Wednesday on the new W.E.B. Du Bois Charter School Consortium.
By August the new school will open its doors to hundreds of children.
With white hard hats on and shovels in hand Herenton dug into his future for education in Memphis.
"Today's event is a manifestation of that territorial enlargement and we give praise to God almighty for his goodness and his direction," he said.
For more than a year, as the former Memphis City Schools superintendent, Herenton has dreamed of opening a charter school. Now with several acres of land donated from Love Fellowship the dream will soon become a reality.
"All of its programs will be aligned with common core standards," he added. "We will produce some of the finest graduates that will be produced in any school setting in the city of Memphis. It's college prep focused."
The school will house 13 classrooms - seven for elementary students and six for middle school. Approximately 350 children will attend the charter school, which will be lead by two principals. Bishop Plummer says this school with have high standards similar to private schools.
"They're going to get a great education, they will never be mistreated," Plummer said. "Our teachers, principal, guidance counselors are going to have a relationship with the parent and the children."
After months in the making, Herenton and Plummer say what seemed improbable to many will be reality come opening day Aug. 12.
The charter school is ready to start recruiting students from kindergarten through eighth grade. If you're interested you can call 1-800-203-7666 for an application and information.
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