I am still so excited to have had the opportunity to attend the 2012 GradNation Summit in Washington, DC last week. Our delegation came back energized and ready to take our GradNation Community and Promise Neighborhood efforts to the next level.
While some of our colleagues attended the GradNation Summit, three of our team members, John Jones, Shon Bruinton and Larry Burney, Jr. attended the Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement in Greensboro from March 19-21. We remain thankful to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the NC General Assembly's Committee of Dropout Prevention for the funding for the implementation of the Project Promise Mentoring Alliance here in Kinston.
This past Sunday, I read a disturbing account of a shooting incident that took place near one of our partner schools. The article stated that some of the students ran home in fear of getting shot. This incident occurred near the Simon Bright Apartment complex which is in the heart of our Kinston Promise Neighborhood and actually my family's home when I was attending college. And the fear that our kids experienced last week is one that I never experienced as a youngster when I used to wander carefree from one side of town to the other.
The shooting incident last week and the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin also reminded me of a conversation I had with one of our students when I asked him, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" And his response began, "Well, Miss T, if I grow up...
Both incidents made me start to remember a document that I compiled two years ago when I invited local students to share their hopes and dreams for their community. I have included those thoughts (unedited) for you to read, below in the article, "A Child's Dream."
Please pray for our children and their continued safety and their promising futures.
On Sunday evening, March 26, I received a wonderful Community Service Award from Delta Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., during their 2012 Finer Womanhood Banquet. My heartfelt thanks to this dynamic group of ladies who provided this public recognition for the work that is being done in Kinston Promise Neighborhood.
We are most appreciative of Ms. Joan Harris and Ms. Glinda Davis who volunteered with the Project Promise Mentoring Alliance this week.
Theresa Williams-Bethea, CAP
Kinston Promise Neighborhood Coordinator
Project Promise Mentoring Alliance Program Director