This Saturday, April 24th, the LEAD Foundation, Inc. is yet again putting in another day’s work. Thankfully, it’s about celebrating and supporting the community it serves, and generating additional support for yet another tier of resources from which the community can greatly benefit.
From 11am to 2pm, the awards luncheon for the students, parents, speakers, and volunteers is being held at the Duke House on the Norcross High School Campus. Already sold-out, this event provides recognition, appreciation, and continued support for students involved with the foundation’s REEL Project (the male-mentorship program for students in grades 6-10), the ALPHA Leadership Program for Higher Achievement (the co-ed leadership development program for students in grades 6-12), the Spring Break College Tour (in which nearly 50 students traveled for a week-long tour of campuses and venues in Georgia and Florida), and the Katherine Snorton Scholarship Program (for graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students). In all, nearly 175 students are involved in one of more of these ongoing programs.
“It’s good to take a moment to reflect, appreciate, and provide support for those in the community whom we are supposed to serve anyway” notes board member Michael Woodward. Given the level of growth of the programs and services provided by the foundation, it is evident that his fellow board members and volunteers feel the same way.
Saturday’s events conclude in the evening between 7pm and 11pm at their appreciation mixer for adults at the upper level of the Gordon-Biersch Microbrewery (848 Peachtree Street). In addition to generating support and donations for their “Gimme 5” campaign, the foundation is kicking off its summer camp series in conjunction with Alpha Educational Consultants. In June and July, mature middle and high school students are afforded the opportunity to participate in math, science, technology, and leadership development camps at Georgia Tech (June 7th-10th), Alabama A & M (June 16th-20th), the University of Georgia (June 21st-24th), and Fort Valley State University (tentatively July 14th-17th); all camps, with the exception of the one at Alabama A & M, provide resident (i.e. staying on campus) and commuter options.
Usually, the summer is a time to take off and relax. Clearly, the LEAD Foundation, Inc. takes its level of community activism and involvement seriously, especially as it develops tomorrow’s leaders…today.