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Fox29 Visits as 6th and 7th Graders Talk About Differences with myFace

Good Day Philadelphia reporter Jennaphr Frederick visited AIM Academy on April 4th for a live television interview with 7th grade language arts students and myFace Director of Family Programs Dina Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg, who has a craniofacial difference, was visiting AIM to speak with 6th and 7th graders as part of students' background knowledge activities in preparation to read the book Wonder, about a boy with craniofacial differences, and Out Of My Mind, about a teen with cerebral palsy who cannot speak.

Students shared the lessons they'd learned from reading Wonder and the importance of embracing and accepting everyone's differences. Following the Fox29 interview the entire 6th and 7th grade classes had the opportunity to learn and talk more about craniofacial differences with Zuckerberg and the importance of promoting acceptance and kindness among adolescents.

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6th Grader Onstage In Annie at Walnut Street Theatre

AIM 6th grader Sammy K., 11, has been busy juggling class and homework with rehearsals in Philadelphia for the past few months as she prepared for her role as the orphan Duffy in the Walnut Street Theatre's holiday production of the musical Annie. Sammy, who also is the understudy for the red-headed lead, began her Walnut Street performances in mid-November and can be seen onstage during weeknight performances through early January.

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MLK Service - AIM Academy 5th Graders Share Books with Ziegler Elementary Classes

AIM Academy 5th grade students traveled to Ziegler Elementary School in northeast Philadelphia on January 12th to read books to students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade and deliver "at home book packages" featuring favorite titles donated by AIM's 1st – 5th grade Lower School students. The book delivery and school visit were the culmination of the students' service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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AIM Launches Competitive Mountain Biking Team

AIM's Mountain Bike Team has started its inaugural season off with a packed schedule of practices and meets as part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic High School League bike racing season. At the season opener in Elkton, Maryland on September 10th, 10 of the nearly 400 student-athlete riders lining up at the start were Upper Schoolers.

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AIM Alums Inspire 4th Graders

Two AIM alumni have already inspired AIM 4th graders to make their learning difference a competitive advantage. When the 4th graders watched short TEDx talks featuring students of different ages whose ideas had made the world, or their community a better place. they were amazed to see AIM classrooms in the final video. The TEDx Solebury School video, Difficulty to Success, features Sophia Gross '16 and Andrew Rosenstein '17 sharing the story of their business Opportunity Rise which raises money and awareness for children with learning differences and their experience in Start-Up Corps, AIM's entrepreneurship class.

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