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2 Inspirational Coloradan: Emily Griffith Teacher of ALL who wish to learn Birth Working Age Realization Denver Smart lady Teaching Day and Night Dream Comes True Universal and free Discrimination Diversity is Great Students’ Needs Jobs Principal Emily Retired Saint Emily Opportunity Today What We Learned You Can Do It!

3 Emily was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 10, 1868 Her family was very poor.

4 Emily was only 17 years old when she started working as a teacher in Nebraska. Back then, teachers “boarded around” or lived with the families of students… What would it be like to have your teacher live with you? Emily

5 Many of the parents of the families were poor and uneducated. At this time Emily realized that being uneducated leads to poverty and problems like: Hunger Illness Racism Homelessness Education = Power!!!

6 Emily and her family moved to Denver in At this time, Denver was suffering from problems like: Homelessness Joblessness Poverty Racism

7 Emily was a smart lady. She thought :“Everyone deserves an education!!!” “Education should be available for people of all ages, races, and backgrounds!!!”

8 So Emily worked as a substitute teacher… And a full-time teacher… Which lead to being Deputy Superintendent of Schools. This was a great honor, but she missed the classroom so she went back to teaching. Super- intendent

9 Emily believed that everyone has the right to an education. She also taught adults who needed to learn a skill like mechanics, teaching, or business. She taught the 8 th grade during the day. She taught classes to adults at night.

10 Hard work Dedication Emily’s dream comes true!!! “Public Opportunity School For All Who Wish To Learn” was born!!! 1916

11 At a time period when immigrants were discriminated against… Emily’s Opportunity School taught them English and skills so they could get jobs. Free of charge!!!

12 Emily’s Dream made Denver… The first city in the world… With free universal adult education!!!

13 “Tall” “Short” “Old” “Young” “French” “Japanese” “Indian” “Spanish” Emily Says… “Irish” “Scottish” “Everyone can learn at my school!!!” “African”

14 The classes were designed… To fit the students’ needs. “I want to be a mechanic!” “I want to work for the newspaper!” “I want to be a nurse!”

15 This way people could get jobs…that paid wages… housing… for meals… and to support their families.

16 Emily served as the principal of the school for 17 years. She set up her desk in the hallway so she could talk to every student passing by. You Can Do It!!! We don’t believe in failure! What do you want to learn? Help one another!

17 Emily Griffith retired in One year later the school was renamed the Emily Griffith Opportunity School.

18 Emily was what one might call a “saint.” She dedicated herself to the public by… Feeding the homeless… Visiting the sick… And helping the police to find orphans a home.

19 Emily’s impact lives on today… Thousands of students graduate from her school every year. The same school that Emily started over 82 years ago!!!

20 What have we learned from Emily Griffith? Help one another!!! Learning Power! Everyone deserves an education!!! Equals

21 The End Always remember…You Can Do It!!! More Info on Emily Griffith Opportunity School


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