Many of our community partners are linked to services that support the family.Every dollar invested in early childhood development renders a $17 return on that investment in public services. Children benefit from parents that value education and have made it a critical part of their life plan, making themselves a positive role model for their children to follow.
Reading for the Record
The Adult Education Program has partnered with the Bibb County Board of Education, Rotary and Community Partnership, Inc. for the past three years to help the children of Macon break the record for the most children read a single book on the same day.
Last year over 2500 children in Macon were read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by volunteers. The Mercer women's basketball team was a highlight of the end of day celebration at Southside Community Church. Mayor Reichert joined in recognizing the effort of a community working together; and Portia Lake of Fox 24 came and read the story to the kids in Lynmore Estates.
Community Partnership, Inc. formed a coalition to serve the needs of families living in Lynmore Estates. As a member of the collaborative, The Adult Education Program sponsors and AmeriCorps*VISTA program called Career Connections. VISTA members staff a computer lab so members of the neighborhood can work on building the workplace skills needed to get their ACT WorkKeys Certificate.
"Will You Read Me a Story?"
This simple question is an invitation to share the joy of reading with a child in your life. At Jumpstart, we know that reading aloud with preschool children lays the groundwork for strong literacy skills and future success in school and in life.
In 2006, we created Jumpstart's Read for the Record, an international campaign to bring preschool children together with valued grownups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world - all to raise awareness about the crisis in early literacy. In 2008 we broke our own world record as nearly 700,000 readers shared the classic children's tale, Corduroy. On October 8, 2009, Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar was read aloud in classrooms, libraries and homes from Singapore, Tanzania, and Brazil to big cities in the United States such as Chicago and New York and small towns like Kodiak, AK, Independence, MO, and Honey Brook, PA. Hushed with wonder and tickled with giggles, 2,019,752 children around the world simultaneously experienced the joy of reading with an adult in their life, making history yet again by setting a new world record in an effort to combat the early literacy crisis and raise awareness of Jumpstart’s yearlong programs in low-income communities across the nation.
Career Connections Event at Davis Homes
Residents learned about programs to help gain the skills needed to gain viable employment at Georgia Power, Warner Robins Air Force Base as well as in the field of healthcare and distribution management. CGTC students and Adult Education Program alumni, Linda Clarke and Glynis Mangrum, shared how education, that had once been a deterrent, was now a critical part of their life plan.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered
Over 125 volunteers joined the Adult Education Program staff and VISTA members on an MLK Day celebration of service. The Mayor's office supported the effort along with Volunteer Macon, Habitat for Humanity, Pleasant Hill Community Development Corporation along with other Community Partnership Collaborative Partners participated in the afternoon event.
The week before, Spaghetti Suppers were held at the Family Life Center of Southside Community Church, the Family Life Center at Davis Homes and Community Church of God. Coloring and essay contests were coordinated through Burdell-Hunt and L.H. William. Roger Jackson of the Motivating Youth Foundation hosted the event at the Family Investment Center. AmeriCorps*VISTA members networked to promote, prepare and serve the suppers. Entertainment was provided by Keierra Rhodes and LaWanda Nash.