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TJX donates $5,000 grant to GCPS mentoring program

Retail company provides mentoring program with large grant

December 11, 2017

L to R: Danté Harmon, Community Based Mentoring; Dr. Keith Thompson- Northbrook Middle School Principal; Malachi Ramsey and Eric Thomas, students; Anna White, TJX; James Rayford, Director of Community-Based Mentoring

     Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) Community-Based Mentoring Program received a large gift from a major retail chain. TJX, the company that owns T.J. Maxx. The company donated $5,000 in support of the program’s work identifying and helping students with their social and academic development. 

     James Rayford, the Director of the Community-Based Mentoring Program, says he is grateful for the gift. He adds “We are so thankful that TJX is supporting the important work we are doing. This generous gift will allow us to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of young men and women.”

     The check for $5,000 was presented to the program by Ann White, a District Loss Manager with TJX. She says she and her company believe in the work the mentoring program is doing. “It has been our pleasure to support this program with funding for three years,” White said. “Originally my husband served as a mentor and after seeing what he has done with his mentee and what James Rayford is accomplishing, it’s clear this program is impacting the lives of young men whose fathers aren’t actively involved in their lives. I told my peers in community relations about the program and a decision was made to provide financial assistance. We hope to grow the grant award as the company learns more about the Community-Based Mentoring Program’s operations and its results in our community.” 

     In its ninth year, the GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program provides volunteer mentors to male students. The program for boys will serve nearly 600 students in more than 65 schools this year, with the goal of recruiting an additional 50 men to join the ranks of the 200 who already are involved in the program. 

     In January 2018, the program will expand to serve female students. Janice Warren, former principal of Anderson-Livsey Elementary School, will lead this effort and focus on recruiting female volunteer mentors. 

     The GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program remains committed to working with parents to ensure their children have access to college and career readiness information as the program is expanding its career readiness workshops in the high schools.

     For more information about the Community-Based Mentoring Program, call (770) 682-8086.

 

 

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