ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – An Abilene teacher is starting something new this year at Clack Middle School. She’s inviting community leaders to their campus to bring a positive influence to the students.
This morning was the kick off for Clack’s “Mentors Make a Difference” program.
“I think it’s important that when they are out in the community there is somebody there to pat them on the back,” Lakisha Jackson-Sims said.
The mentors include Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams, some Abilene police officers and Dyess Airmen.
“I had about 11 girls I spoke with and I told them the importance of their lives to make sure everyday when they wake up in the morning that they understand they are queens,” added Airman July Lucas, “and we even adjusted our crowns today.”
The girls learned of their worth and the boys, some of them learned to tie a tie for the first time.
Something radio dj and mentor Jonas Q Ross says is needed for success.
“It’s cool to dress up in a suit,” Ross explained. “Letting the young men know it’s cool to put on a tie. It’s cool to dress as a young man should.”
The hope is to expand this program to other campuses in Abilene.