According to WZZM, the Grand Rapids Ellington Academy for Arts and Technology will be opening its doors today, Tuesday, September 4th. It’s great to see that the late MaLinda Sapp’s dream has become a reality.
Founders, the late Dr. MaLinda Sapp and husband, grammy winning performing artist, Marvin Sapp, had plans to open the school in 2008 as one of Grand Rapids Schools of Innovation. Those plans were halted just before that school year. Then, in 2010, Dr. Sapp lost her long battle with colon cancer. Many, especially hopeful students, wondered if her dream of opening the performing arts school in Grand Rapids would ever come true. Now, they have their answer.
Tuesday students will come in and have a grand opening.
“They are our artists so we are to welcome them in an artist fashion with a red carpet, guest speakers,” said Brown. “Those who haven’t been here will be able to see the campus and hear an address from Dr. Marvin Sapp and then we have guest artist here to perform for them.”
“Dr. MaLinda Sapp had an amazing dream. I am so honored to be able to be a part of carrying that out and I think about her everyday on campus and really try to live up to the dream and vision that she had. We are staying true to what it was she wanted. We are offering all of the performing arts classes, dance, theater, music, band and so students will have an excellent experience here.”
This year the school will start with 6th, 7th and 8th graders and grow one year at a time until it offers grades 6 through 12. The school’s current 8th graders will be the first graduating class in 5 years.