For the Park on West Broad, this has been a great start to a new year. The resident leaders and members of the WIT UGA action team have come together to start an after school program from scratch. It took going to the office Manager to see if we could use the cabana, since it wasn’t being used. We have also partnered with CCSD, Papa John’s, Wal-Mart, Kroger and a few other organizations. There are some needs that aren’t being met, but I can truly see this program prospering.
The goal is to boost the educational achievement of the children, most from low-income families. Whatever It Takes’ goal is that by 2020, every child in Clarke County will graduate from high school and go on to college or some other kind of post-secondary education.
But Tamika Williams, one of the parents who started this program, has bigger ambition than good report cards.
“Hopefully, we’re teaching them lifestyles,” said Williams, one of WIT’s neighborhood leaders in The Park on West Broad, along with parents Loreal Vinson and Mark Brown.