Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lezley McSpadden, 40, to Receive High School Diploma at Jennings Graduation

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lezley McSpadden, 40, to Receive High School Diploma at Jennings Graduation

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Lezley McSpadden, 40, the mother of Michael Brown, will receive her high school diploma on Friday through a new adult high school program at the Jennings School District.

The program started after McSpadden met with Jennings Superintendent Art McCoy in the fall to discuss how her nonprofit, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Our Sons and Daughters Foundation, could collaborate with the district, McCoy said. During the conversation, McCoy said he brought up the fact that she had still yet to earn her high school diploma after she dropped out of school to raise her son.

"I turned the conversation toward saying, I know she dropped out of school when she had Michael Brown, and that we had to get her educated and get a diploma," McCoy said. "What better way is it to honor your son than to get the degree he got?"

Jennings administrators started the adult high school program in September with the approval of the state education department. …

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