EGSC AAMI Students Return to Emanuel County Headstart with one goal: To Read Aloud.
Isaiah Hinton, Ivy Roberson, Terrance Glenn, Justin Boatwright, and Martise Harris are EGSC AAMI (African American Male Initiative) Program students who went to Emanuel County Headstart on October 2, 2014 with Mrs. Rebecca Vincent (AAMI Staff Mentor).
Over a hundred students anxiously waited for the EGSC AAMI College students to read to them. ECHS Director, Ms. LaSandra Peeples arranged the students into four classrooms and allowed the AAMI Students to take charge. The Headstart students were very attentive to what the AAMI students were reading and in a couple of the classrooms students were asking questions about the story and the characters in the story. Martise said, “As college students It is necessary that we expand our mental capacities and develop new talents and abilities that will allow us to experience life on another level. And no matter our circumstances, we must give back to our communities by utilizing all that we have invested in ourselves. It’s not about us, it’s about the children…they are my inspiration.”
When the EGSC AAMI students started leaving the classroom, the students gathered around them and asked them to stay longer and read more. The Emanuel County Headstart students really enjoyed having them visit and can’t wait until they return. In addition to reading to the students, AAMI students rewarded the youngsters with a snack and toy.
Justin said, “Reading to these students made me feel like a role model. I felt proud of myself because I know they will never forget the time we spent with them.”
The Director of AAMI (Swainsboro campus), Deborah Kittrell-Mikell said, “One of the goals of AAMI is to cultivate an environment that empowers, inspires and motivates our African-American male students to excel academically, but our students decided that they wanted to be actively involved in the community, so they designed the Read Aloud Program. Therefore, not only are they looked upon as leaders on EGSC’s college campus, they are carrying that title in the Swainsboro community as well.”