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Why #WeAchieveTogether: Community Volunteer Fred Hearns

December 12, 2018 - Partners in Education

Fred Hearns is a community volunteer for Dr. Carter G. Woodson PK-8 Leadership Academy.

I’m involved in the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Academy in a few different areas. First, I’m a grandfather of two children who are enrolled here at the school. Also, I am the President Emeritus of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

I think the school is the pillar of any community. It’s one of those basic institutions that every community needs to have if it’s going to move forward and be successful.

I can remember growing up here in Tampa, looking forward to that first day of school and meeting new friends, seeing old friends, wondering who my teachers were going to be and what my classes were going to be like. You want children to have this excitement about learning that they can then share with their parents and their siblings when they go home.

I would encourage other individuals in the community – organizations, churches, businesses, etc. – to contact the principal of your community school and ask, “How can I help? What do you need me to do?”

Whether it’s assisting financially, serving as a volunteer or as a mentor, helping with field trips or other experiences that the children can benefit from, there are numerous ways we can help with the school.

This is Why #WeAchieveTogether.

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