Striving to succeed
By Gervarus Giles
During spring break last year, Madonna’s BLG group spent time at Gompers Elementary/Middle School to tutor different students in different grades. The group was split into teams of five and each team was assigned to a different class in hopes of being more effective and timely so that plenty of students could receive help at the same time.
The week turned out to be so successful that the Gompers teachers and principal of the school asked the BLG students to come back every two weeks to check on the students to make sure they didn’t lose hope in bringing their grades up.
A few of the members in the group reflected on their experience with the kids in the school.
“Each day, I contact a few of the students just to check on them and keep them on the right path simply because I’ve been where they are before and I know how hard it is to make something positive out of a situation or environment around me that is so negative. The fact of the matter is that I believe in those kids, and if I can make it possible, they can make it possible as well,” said DeCarlo Burris, Broadcast and Cinema Arts major.
For other members of the program, this opportunity was more personal because of their younger relatives.
“It hurts me bad to see and hear about the environment these kids have to be around. I have a little sister their age that used to complain about the same thing to me but we were blessed enough to be able to move from that situation. My biggest thing is that I don’t want to see any of these kids fail simply because education is pretty much everything you need to be successful in this world. I volunteer my time with these children because know that if I don’t, then they will have a higher chance at giving up on life and I just refuse to let that happen,” said Darious Thomas, Broadcast and Cinema Arts major.
Even a first-year student decided to be a part of something positive because he was given the opportunity for a better life himself.
“I decided to go to Gompers with Bryant and the rest of the BLG guys because I remember when I wasn’t even thinking about going to college. My mom had put me out and I was in and out of school not even realizing that education would get me this far and even further in life. I was offered an opportunity from Madonna and those kids deserve the same thing,” said Husani Webb, Criminal Justice major.