Bounty students aid in Once Upon a Time Art Installation

In a presentation titled “Borderless: Art and Migration in Troubled Times,” Artist Aman Mojadidi presents his exhibit Once Upon a Place, an interactive installation that uses decommissioned phone booths to relate immigrants’ stories to the public.

Students from The Bounty Collegium helped to expand global perspective and broaden our understanding of the lives of immigrants by aiding in the installation of the exhibit at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Read more about the exhibit here.

New Sylvania school a family affair

A traditional education wasn’t the best fit for Sulaiman Mustapha.

The Sylvania resident had big ideas from a young age. At 12, he experimented with magnetic model cars. At 15, he designed a helmet that used magnetic technology to lessen a blow to the head. At 17, he and a group of his peers founded a company, One Degree, to foster innovation.

He was an accomplished kid, but he didn’t believe he was reaching his potential in school.

“Every day I’d go to school, and it was the same thing over and over and over again. I just felt like: What am I doing here? I’m wasting my time,” he said.

Mr. Mustapha, now 20, decided to open a school in the fall of 2016 to give students a place to embrace big ideas.

The Bounty Collegium, located near Sylvania’s main library branch, enrolled 11 students this year in grades 7-9. Next year it will expand to grades 6-10, with plans to grow to grades 6-12.

The school is a family endeavor. Mr. Mustapha’s mother, Amal Abu Karam, is the principal; his grandfather, Mamdouh Abukaram, teaches the Qu’ran, Islamic studies, and Arabic; and his brother, Abdurrahman Mustapha, teaches English.

The Bounty Collegium boasts a nontraditional education rooted in Islamic principles. The curriculum is largely based on Finland’s educational model and focuses on hands-on learning. Students learn the basics — math, science, English, writing, social studies, art — both in the classroom and through real-life experiences.

“What we do here at Bounty is bring education to life. We never want a student to say: Why am I learning this? We’re always bringing in practical applications of the subject areas,” Mrs. Abu Karam said.

Read the rest of the Blade article here.

Alternative nonpublic school opens

In looking back over his school career, Sulaiman Mustapha realized that his experience lacked the support he would have liked for fostering his creativity and ingenuity. “I would have liked the opportunity to do cool things outside of school,” he recalled.

When his two younger sisters expressed frustration regarding their school experiences, Mustapha decided it was time to do something about it. “This school is an Islamic alternative,” he offered. “Here, we want to empower students to discover their passion and become creative and resourceful leaders inspired by Islamic principles.”

Last September, the 20-year-old opened the Bounty Collegium, an alternative nonpublic school for children grades seven, eight and nine. Next year, sixth and tenth grades will be added.

“The Bounty Collegium values real life experiences. To that end, we are partnering with local businesses who provide internships for our students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. We want our students to be exposed to several markets and to see different fields to evoke their imagination in innovation,” he stated. “The less time in the classroom, the more time students have out in the ‘real world’ to understand the value of their education. While we guarantee that these students will meet all the standards they need to graduate and excel, we will also encourage them to pursue their passions with full guidance and support from the staff.”

Mustapha continued, “Our teaching methods have come from many different influences, one being the Finland Education System, whose students are number one in the world.

Read the rest of the Sylvania Advantage article here.