Last Saturday, Edison held M.A.C.S (Men Actively Chasing Success) 1st Annual Family Fun Day from Noon - 5:00 P.M. Edison, Broward, Potter and Tampa Heights Elementary teamed up together to create this student-led community event.
The day included a student Final Four style basketball tournament and everyone was a winner. Families enjoyed food, while kids lined up to play in bounce houses and get their face-painted.
Students from each school performed throughout the day: Potter's Drum line, Broward's Step team, Tampa Heights Dance team and Edison’s Bongo drums group.
Edison's M.A.C.S. Club hosted this event, with the support of several community partners: Publix, McDonald’s, Kona Ice, Seminole Heights Baptist Church and numerous teachers made donations to support the celebration.
M.A.C.S. is a Gentlemen’s Club program was created by Edison teacher, Mr. Joseph McLemore, who sponsors the program.
The club equips young men with the necessary tools to handle adversity, instill character, highlight leadership and become life-changing young men.
The principles that the club is founded upon are: Integrity, Leadership, Character and Purpose. “With mastery of these principles, our gentlemen will be able to standout out in any setting, said McLemore. “Our goal is to teach gentlemen how to handle adversity, become leaders in their classrooms, in their community and in their homes.”
The club motto is “Generating Our Dreams”. Each Thursday, the club meets—members of the group (K-5) dress up wearing ties. Guest speakers come in from different professions to speak with the young men. This not only exposes them to different career paths but also creates a solid foundation for knowledge.
M.A.C.S. also focuses on etiquette. Mr. McLemore works with the young men to teach them how to be gentlemen (opening doors for the ladies, carrying items, speaking with confidence, firm handshakes and eye contact during greetings, and physical appearance (how to tie a tie, wearing a belt, etc).
There is no question, the young men at Edison are lucky to have Mr. McLemore’s passion and dedication. M.A.C.S. Family Fun Day started out as a Community Ball-Out and it blossomed into something much more amazing.
“The sole purpose of M.A.C.S. Family Fun Day was to bring the community together. No monetary funds were raised by M.A.C.S. we made sure the bounce houses, food and drinks were free so that the community would know that we love and appreciate them,” said McLemore. “I wasted so much time attempting to connect with celebrities in order to use their platform to get my message out. After a ton of unanswered phone calls, emails and social media direct messages, I decided to build my own platform.”
McLemore was quick to add that the day would not have been a success without the family, faculty and staff at Potter Elementary, Broward Elementary, Tampa Heights Elementary and Edison Elementary! “They were amazing and deserve way more credit than I do,” he said.
They worked the bounce houses, popcorn machines, made hot dogs, passed out the McDonalds hamburgers, handled music and supported the overall event.
M.A.C.S. Family Fun Day is just the beginning, with McLemore’s drive, they will work tirelessly to bridge the gap between school and community—and there’s no doubt they will do just that, the M.A.C.S. Future Leaders Scholarship, which was created to support deserving students with their enrollment at Florida A & M started at $500 but has now exceeded to $1,000!
To learn more the M.A.C.S. Club at Edison, call 813-276-5579.View Full Album