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On Saturday, September 3, The Achievement School District (ASD) hosted its inaugural Back to School Spectacular. The event took place at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, and it highlighted and showcased the academic achievements and talents of students enrolled in schools authorized by the district. The Back to School Spectacular was held from 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and featured a red carpet pre-show, musical performances, teacher spotlights and appearances from a lineup of special guests including: Fairly High School Band; Angel Stree Girls' Choir and Streets Ministries Music Factory, among others. <br> <p>"We coordinated this event thanks to a generous private donor to give students, parents, teachers and community residents an opportunity to reflect on the advancements we have made together and to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our students an schools," said Robert White, ASD Chief of External Affairs.</p> <p>"Our students are the heart of our work and it's important that we recognize them for their dedication to and love for learning at the onset of our new school year. We rolled out the red carpet for them so that they would know they are truly stars in our eyes," White said.</p> <p>The Back to School Spectacular was free and open to all students, parents and school communities within the ASD. At the event, ASD Superintendent Malika Anderson presented a "State of the Schools" report and information booklet, along with an overview of the district's strategic initiatives for the 2016-17 school year. Take a peek at some photos from the event here at — and see more at!</p>