New K-5 Naval Academy Charter School Coming to Muskegon

Tribune Newswire

Muskegon – Entrepreneur Franklin A. Fudail announced the launch of a new K-5 Naval Academy charter school. The Muskegon Maritime Academy(MMA), plans to open in the Fall of 2022 at the former Angell Elementary School Building located at 571 E. Apple Avenue.

“There are reports that 61% of third-graders in Muskegon County are not reading at grade level, Founder Franklin A. Fudail said. “There are entire elementary grade levels, whose test scores are single digits in math proficiency. This is unacceptable. As a man, as a leader, and as a socially conscious business owner, I could not stand by and do nothing.”

Fudail conceptualized and developed the Muskegon Maritime Academy(MMA) based on his years of experience running a free reading and math program inside his youth boxing club, a program that Fudail financed without government funding or grants.

 

Navy SEAL Plays Major Role in School Development

To build his team, Fudail recruited retired Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke to assist with leadership development programs and strategic planning. Fudail first brought Adeleke to Muskegon in 2013.

Adeleke is a founding member and serves on the school’s National Advisory Team along with Col. Larry R. Donnithorne (Ret.)-The United States Military Academy -West Point, David A. Allison (Ret.), The United States Secret Service and Dr. Kat Longshore, United States Military Academy -West Point Professor in the Enhanced Performance Department.

Remi Adeleke, Navy SEAL(ret) is a writer and actor, who appeared in the movie Transformers: The Last Knight. He is also the author of Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the streets of the Bronx to Defying all Odds.

“I assembled together some of the best minds in the country to help with this academy”, said Fudail.  “We are introducing to the community, the Harvard of elementary schools”. Fudail said MMA will provide an elite education for families free of charge.

 

A First of its Kind in Muskegon

The school has a partnership with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps and received assistance from the Poverty Solutions Center at The University of Michigan in developing the reading program.

The Muskegon Maritime Academy is the first all STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school in Muskegon County, the first Naval-focused school, and the first Maritime school. Students will be taught etiquette and manners, self-defense, and leadership training. There will be separate classes for boys and girls and all students will have access to free tutoring.

The board of directors for the Academy are Dr. Frank Marczak, Eric Hood, Pastor Yvonne Crawford, and Pastor Tyrone Rule Sr. The board is reserving a spot for a Parent.

For more information on Muskegon Maritime Academy, or to enroll a student for the upcoming fall semester, visit www.MuskegonMaritimeAcademy.org. The Muskegon Maritime Academy is authorized by Saginaw Valley State University.

 

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35 Responses to "New K-5 Naval Academy Charter School Coming to Muskegon"

  1. Gloria White Gardner   April 27, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    EXCELLENT. So needed. Thanks Franklin!!!

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    • Tribune   April 27, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you Ms. Gardner, if you say it’s needed, I am even more confident it’s needed.

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  2. Mary Kahkola   April 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    I wish him well. And happy to hear this school will have a new life. Give Muskegon public schools some much needed competition.

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    • Tribune   April 27, 2022 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you Mary

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  3. Kimberly Thornton   April 27, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Exciting! I can’t wait to watch this happen. Will require a lot of parental buy-in and support. Good luck all!

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    • Tribune   April 27, 2022 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you

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  4. LaTonya Burks   April 27, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    This is wonderful!

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    • Tribune   April 27, 2022 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you

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  5. Pearce Tyrone   April 27, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    My Real Blood Brother..I’m very proud of you man….This was needed To God Be The Glory

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    • Tribune   April 27, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you My Brother. A lot of work yet to do, but it’s definitely a milestone to be at this point.

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  6. Bridgette Knox   April 27, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Proud of you. Congratulations

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    • Tribune   April 27, 2022 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you, a lot more work is yet to come!

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  7. Tammy Walat   April 27, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Just go to one parent/teacher conference at Muskegon heights middle/high school and ask one question, what kind of science projects do you have the kids do? And the answer was ” oh we can’t because we can’t expect the parents to be able to afford materials for them”. Ask the music teacher who is well qualified with a degree from central Michigan university and he explained the kids don’t want to learn how to read music or play an instrument so his degree is wasted on being a babysitter giving out worksheets. This is exactly what Muskegon needs desperately.

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  8. Sherri   April 28, 2022 at 12:11 am

    Are you hiring?

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    • Tribune   April 28, 2022 at 12:48 am

      Are you asking for the newspaper or school?

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  9. E. Spivey   April 28, 2022 at 3:27 am

    This is Beautiful, Thank You.

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    • Tribune   April 28, 2022 at 6:51 am

      Thank you

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  10. Debbie Watson   April 28, 2022 at 7:12 am

    I love it, much success

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    • Tribune   April 28, 2022 at 7:33 am

      Thank you Debbie

      Reply
  11. Jamie Dill   April 28, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Bravo zulu.

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    • Tribune   April 28, 2022 at 7:33 am

      Indeed. Bravo Zulu!

      Reply
  12. Brucina   April 28, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Amazing…. I am a veteran who would love to play a part as wel

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    • Tribune   April 28, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you. I will get you the email

      Reply
  13. Alicia W   April 28, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    This is great news for our community!

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    • Tribune   April 28, 2022 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you Alicia

      Reply
  14. Dianne Pruim   April 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    This sounds amazing. Looks like you’re dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s to give kids every advantage for success. Bless you for everything you all are doing.

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    • Tribune   April 28, 2022 at 7:05 pm

      Thank you

      Reply
  15. Bernard Steward   April 29, 2022 at 3:01 am

    Congratulations and thank you!

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    • Tribune   April 29, 2022 at 3:11 am

      Yes sir, thank you!

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  16. Janet Brown   April 29, 2022 at 7:47 am

    I’m so very excited! I’ve been praying for something like this to happen! Having worked as an educator for years, I was always concerned with our children reading well! This is a true blessing, and I want to be a part of this innovation. Having served in the military, I often used techniques that I learned in the classroom! Even just walking in the hallway, we used a semi marching approach! Straight line, order, quiet! Our kids are smart, they just need to be taught!

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    • Tribune   April 29, 2022 at 7:51 am

      Great. They would love to hear from you. Send your contact information to us and we will connect you. Our email is muskegontribune@gmail.com

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  17. Carla   May 1, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    This is an AMAZING opportunity!! This school is going to grow very quickly and become huge! So many parents will want for their children to be a part of this!

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    • Tribune   May 4, 2022 at 11:15 am

      Amen

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  18. Nuumo Taalib El Amin   May 9, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Congratulations Bro Fudial. Your continued work in behalf of our youth is ever-expanding. I salute you and stand ready to assist your team in any way I can.

    Respectfully,

    H.E Nuumo Taalib El Amin
    African Kingdoms Federation

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  19. Kathy Danhof   May 20, 2022 at 8:35 am

    This is wonderful.So excited to see this opportunity for kids in Muskegon.

    Reply

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