Thursday, October 21, 2021

West Side Preparatory Founder Marva Collins Dies at 78

marva collins*Marva Collins, the founder of the West Side Preparatory School, has died.

News of the education activist’s passing was revealed by her son, who said Collins died Wednesday night (June 24) in South Carolina, and was first reported by Jet. She was 78.

In addition to starting West Side Preparatory School in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood in 1975, Collins founded the “Collins Method,” a style of education that focused on phonics, math, reading, English and the Classics.

Due to a lack of funds, the West Side Preparatory School closed its doors in 2008. The school, which attracted national attention for its soaring achievements, was noted for its focus on high-risk children.

In 1981, Collins’ work at Westside Preparatory was highlighted on the small screen with the biographical film “The Marva Collins Story,” which starred Morgan Freeman and Cicely Tyson. In addition to parents and fellow educators, Collins’ expertise in education was sought by former President Ronald Reagan.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. So sorry to hear this bad news. I never had the opportunity to meet this inspiring woman, but I know she touch a lot of lives in a very positive way. My prayers are with Mrs. Marva Collins family , friends, and past students that he changed their lives tremendously.

  2. I was a child around 7 when I saw the Marva Collins story on TV. She inspired me to become a teacher and principal! So much inspiration and I just wish I had the chance to meet this true leader, educator and defender of children. This magnificent queen and her words of wisdom! I loved reading and listening to her! My heart mourns! Rest in peace you truly will be missed. You inspire me! My condolences to your family!

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