On yesterday (October 9th), several of our LEADers were able to join me for a day of service and education at Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers. We had so much fun. Here was our itinerary.
8:45AM Arrival at Sheltering Arms. The fall is definitely here in Atlanta. It was freezing outside.
9:00AM We were greeted by Steven White, Center Director-Early Learning & Resource Center at Dunbar Sheltering Arms. Steven is an Atlanta native and a baseball fan. I am thoroughly impressed with his leadership.
9:30AM We began reading with the Pre-K students. These are some bright students that have amazing communication skills. The teachers are just as amazing and are invested in the success of their students. This is personal for them.
|Will Harris (Maynard Jackson High School) and Tyquavious Noland (Maynard Jackson High School) reading to students.|
|Carlos Twine (New Schools at Carver) teaching the fundamentals of baseball.|
We started out with a good stretch.
Then the games began. They focused on playing the actual game for a full 45 minutes then they wanted me to play hide and seek. That was fun but it wore me out!
|Marquese Sinkfield (Henry W. Grady High School) giving a helping hand.|
|In route to Turner Field crossing the overpass.|
|We are Atlanta!|
It was so cool for them to catch an inside view of this massive structure that they drive by almost everyday.
They hung out in the broadcast book and heard stories about Skip Carey.
They hung out in the visitors dugout. I can't believe that we lost to the Cardinals. We will get them next year.
2:00PM The tour is over but the Atlanta Braves and L.E.A.D. have new fans.
The Pre-K students from Sheltering Arms Dunbar Center will matriculate into Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School then Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and then graduate from Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School. L.E.A.D. has programming at all of these schools through our partnership with Atlanta Public School. The current high school graduation rate for African-American males in APS is 34%. There are so many social and economic reasons why the numbers are so low. It takes a village to raise a child. Since 2007, L.E.A.D. has graduated 100% of it's Ambassadors while 100% have enrolled in college. 90% of our Ambassadors have enrolled in college with baseball scholarship opportunities.
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