Bledsoe impressed with program at The Clariden SchoolThe Clariden School of Southlake hosted former New England Patriot’s quarterback Drew Bledsoe April 29. Bledsoe, professional quarterback-turned-entrepreneur, stopped by the school to see the innovative program he’d been hearing of from Clariden student Nick Kuelbs. Bledsoe encouraged the students to stick to their dreams.“If you could have seen me in seventh and eighth grade, I was not the guy you would have chosen for first draft pick in 1993,” said Bledsoe, who went on to play for 14 years in the NFL and ended his football career in 2007 as a Dallas Cowboy.Referencing the school’s project-based learning as a model for planning for a future career, he said, “In my life as a student, football player, father and businessman, I consistently use skills you’re being taught at The Clariden School: planning, hard work in the right direction, not on negative yardage, and perseverance.” Grapevine students visit the United Nations in AprilFollowing their success at last year’s Model UN Conference in Atlanta, students from Hill School in Grapevine went to New York to see the United Nations and participate in UN committees at an International Middle School United Nations Conference. Students were assigned countries -- this year, Benin and Finland -- and asked to prepare for committees like the WHO, UN Habitat and UNESCO. The students had to propose solutions to real-world issues such as access to medicine, gender in science, international migration, or the rights of indigenous citizens. since December.“The preparation for an event like this enhances our commitment to project-based learning, cooperative learning, and participation in global instruction. This was a great opportunity for Hill students to gain confidence in public speaking, communication skills, and collaboration with others,” said Kathy Edwards, campus principal. Crown of Life students ruled the schoolWhat started as an annual fundraiser for Crown of Life Lutheran School in Colleyville has turned into a highly anticipated well sought after day at school. On May 1, kids ruled the school.Twenty students ranging in age from 3 to 13 were acting leaders of the school. The students worked together as a “staff” to coordinate lesson plans, attend “staff” meetings and teach the lessons they had prepared for the day. The goal was to give students insight into the future and help build a connection between the importance of education and the work environment. Tennison will be commencement speaker at Covenant ChristianCovenant Christian Academy of Colleyville announced that Jim Tennison, assistant professor of sports management at Dallas Baptist University and former team mascot for the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers, will be the 2013 commencement speaker. Ceremonies for the 45 graduate candidates of the class of 2013 will be May 16 at the First Baptist Church of Euless.