SINGING—From left: Tiazha King, Gabrielle Barton and Nataiya Pace (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Virtuous Academy recently presented “Fashioned By His Glory” at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre.   The family-oriented fundraiser brought together communities in support of Virtuous Academy’s educational endeavors.

The mission of Virtuous Academy is to motivate students to achieve academic excellence and positive citizenship through rigorous academics, virtuous values and a concentration in S.T.E.A.M. education.

The goal of the event was to raise funds to sponsor one or more student’s tuition for the year. Other than the fashion show featuring students and other children from surrounding communities as models, there was a special musical presentation by students under the direction of music teacher Victoria Reusch.  Additional entertainment included performances by national recording artists Travis Malloy, Antoinette Manganas and Leslie Evans. WPXI Channel 11 reporter and news anchor Vince Sims and Michele Newell, of WTOV, served as the master and mistress of ceremony.  Fashions were provided by TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Macy’s at Century III Mall.

Virtuous Academy is located in the Duquesne, Pa., community. It maintains a student teacher ratio of 15:1 and students receive personalized attention and participate in community service projects.

Concentrating on grade levels two to eight, board chair Vernon Tipton said, “Virtuous Academy serves as a viable option for students living in the Mon Valley area. Our philosophy of small class sizes, personalized attention and a challenging curriculum makes a difference in a child’s learning experience.”

The goals of the six-year-old faith-based institution are for students to score proficient on standardized tests, to maintain a minimum “B” average on report cards, and to apply virtuous values to real life social situations.

Virtuous Academy’s objectives are to form partnerships with local agencies to provide after school tutoring in reading and math for students and community children. Backstage is the after school program which provides academic support and celebrates the arts for participants. Students’ extra-curricular activities include: off-site visits to museums and businesses that engage students in the arts, sciences, engineering and technology fields which aligns with its S.T.E.A.M. initiative program objectives.



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