United Dreamers success story

United Dreamers success story
September 06
03:00 2018

For almost 20 years, the Anderson High School Alumni Association members have given generously of their time and resources to volunteer with the after-school mentoring and tutoring program. Many of the alumni attended Diggs Elementary School and they came back to their roots to volunteer in the mentoring program.

With a firm commitment to assist the students, staff and parents, alumni conduct programs that enhance the instruction provided by the school. The program, which is named United Dreamers, is designed to assist the academic, social and emotional growth and development of the students attending Diggs-Latham Elementary Magnet School.

The program is available to fourth- and fifth-grade students and parents who want extra support and help for their children. Families are grateful to have the opportunity for their students to participate.  In addition to helping improve the students’ academics the program also provides cultural enrichment and social development activities. Students also benefit from field trips that increase their knowledge and awareness of resources outside of their immediate surroundings.

Recognizing the importance of young male students having positive male role models in their lives, the principal suggested that the association focus on helping them. In response to her suggestion, the association established the Male Mentoring component.

The alumni association has started tracking and documenting the success of students who participate in the United Dreamers, such as Deja Dobson. Deja participated in the program for two years. She is currently a second year pre-med student at Wake Forest University.

“I know that opportunities such as these are rare for many of our youth,: Dobson said. “… I thank United Dreamers for being a positive influence in my life and for watering the many seeds that I am now reaping the fruit of.”

Quilla Smith, Anderson Alumni Association United Dreamers program coordinator, said, “We are excited about the programs we have planned for this school year.”

The Alumni Association meets the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1535 E. 15th St.

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