Jewel Charter School Cuts Ribbon For Opening

By  //  August 13, 2013

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Cocoa's first charter school will open Aug. 14

ABOVE VIDEO: School and city leaders celebrate the opening of Emma Jewel Charter School in Cocoa, located on the grounds of the original if Monroe High School

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The doors to Cocoa’s first public charter school, Emma Jewel Charter Academy, will open wide tomorrow when 200 Brevard County students are expected to start classes in the historic Monroe Center.

Rosemary McGill, Miss Monroe High School (Space Coast Daily image)
Rosemary McGill, Miss Monroe High School, speaks during the official ribbon cutting festivities today at Cocoa’s first charter school. (Space Coast Daily image)

It is the culmination of more than a year-long journey to bring new educational experiences to students and families in Cocoa.

Marking the first of many milestones along the way, the school’s founding principal and its governing board officially ‘cut the ribbon’ at the new school today at the school, located at 705 Blake Avenue, Cocoa.

“The day has finally come when we can help the village of Cocoa to raise the children of Cocoa by providing a quality education with the kind of qualified and nurturing educators I’ve come to believe are the key to success for our children,” said Thomas Cole, founder of the Emma Jewel Charter Academy, named in honor of his grandmother who he credits with his success.

The Academy has received substantial support from all corners of the county, starting with the school district which approved the charter, the parents who have committed to enrolling their students and to the community at large which has stepped forward with financial backing to make the school a reality.

“Emma Jewel Charter Academy is truly blessed to have the opportunity to partner with multiple funders who have proven their commitment through much-needed funding,” said Cole.

Cole grew up in the community and was determined to return, bringing with him the experience, the education and the enthusiasm required to launch a project that could help revitalize the Diamond Square area of Cocoa.