On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Jordan Park After School Success (JPASS) Program was the surprise recipients of books and a reading session led by local businessman, Mr. Gershom Faulkner and staff from the Pinellas County Urban League. Books were donated by the Rotary Club of Saint Petersburg Midtown, which accepts the Rotary International motto and challenge to place Service Above Self. Mr. Faulkner and Urban League staffer, Michael Adekunle, are charter members of the club, which has become more visible since forming last November. Individual members donated books after being inspired by Rotary International’s support of literacy projects and promotion of March as Literacy Month.
According to Faulkner, who is also a member of the Black-on-Black Task Force at the Pinellas County Urban League, “if everyone gives a little toward making the world a better place, we could do so much.” This, and other ideas from the Task Force, serves as the focus for work performed by BOBCPP staff. Preventing crime is neither a onetime act, nor is it the sole responsibility of any one entity. A small part of preventing crime and making the world a better place rests in supporting youth in their pursuit of dreams and goals that inspire greatness.
Students and adults shared in reading from the book, The Little Engine That Could. This childhood favorite for many is indeed still a classic and joy for youngsters. The youth, ranging in age from five years to twelve, chuckled and rooted for the little blue engine to make it over the mountain to deliver the toys and food to all the fictitious children in the valley. Adekunle stressed that the youth, “should never lose your desire to read. It is your ticket to anywhere. Reading supports your dreams and turns them into reality.”
You can get involved. Contact the Pinellas County Urban League at (727) 327-2081 extension 119 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Pinellas County Urban League, please visit www.pcul.org. Rotary International information is found at www.Rotary.org.