Better Together: Unifying our Community Through Service
Realizing the depth and duration of the flood impact, TFA-SC staff members were eager to help. In conversation with principal, Mr. Hayward Jean, we asked, “what do you need?” His answers led us to create a TFA-SC staff service day dedicated to rebuilding the Mellichamp Elementary library. Staff members teamed up to unload large storage crates and sort boxes of books into reading levels. At the end of a long morning, everyone felt great about the progress of the library, but realized the work wasn’t quite complete.
“We could have just finished, but there was more to do,” Vanity Jenkins, Senior Managing Director of Leadership Continuum reflects. “We wanted the Mellichamp community to know that when these types of disasters happen, we are always here. We place corps members as teachers but we also value building community and partnership to support the work. At the end of the day, it’s about the students.”
With the end goal in reach, Project M.E.L.T (Mellichamp Elementary Library Transformation) was created to mobilize our broader network of alumni and corps members. One Saturday, the group met and took the project over the finish line. Books were scanned and sorted into alphabetical order, books published prior to 2005 were separated to be given to students and families for at home reading, and the library walls were given a fresh coat of paint.
The grand re-opening of the library will take place this month. For students, the rejuvenation of their library once lost will significantly improve the new school year and for the Mellichamp community, for many years to come.