third annual mission trip to MontegoBay, Jamaica. Supporters and volunteerspurchased, donated and collected ahuge supply of clothing, books andschool supplies, housewares, spor
ngequipment, shoes and other items thatwere distributed to more than 100 Mt.Zion parents as well as members of thegreater community in the form of a freecommunity “
ea market.” The themeof the mission for the children was“self esteem.” Volunteers conductedworkshops for students at all grade levels.All male students were given a clothingou
it and a soccer ball (donated bythe 100 Black Men of America, DeKalbGA Chapter); all girls were gi
ed withan ou
it and a Black doll (donated byDelta Sigma Theta, Inc., Douglasville,GA chapter and ULC). A businessdevelopment workshop, ini
ated in thesummer program, was revisited with11 adult residents a
ending. ULC plansto o
er scholarships to select adultsfor formal classes and training. Thirtyvolunteers par
cipated in the missione
orts. ULC provided lunch for allpar
cipants.The Mt. Zion leadership alsosponsored a closing program anddedica
on of the three structures fundedby ULC. A
endees included dignitariesfrom the Ministry of Educa
on, thebusiness community and parents andresidents of Mt. Zion.
New Partnership withMaroon Town PrimarySchool in Jamaica
ULC has begun a new partnership withChatsworth Primary School in Jamaica. A2013 summer program will be conductedby ULC and Ga. Perimeter College in Julyfocusing on reading, math, computerskills and recrea
on. Ga. Perimeter willsend twelve students and at least twofaculty. In addi
on to working with theprimary students, GPC students willexperience the rich culture of Jamaicaand the famous Maroons by way of a tourand interac
on with the local Maroons.ULC’s plans for this year at Chatsworthinclude: Regrading and back
lling theirplayground; providing books, suppliesand computer so
ware to enhancereading and math skills; providingInternet access; procuring white boards,a printer, a projector and screen, andbasic school supplies. In December, ULCand The Champion Newspaper donatedsix computers, monitors, keyboardsand so
ware to the school. All childrenreceived soccer balls (boys) and Blackdolls (girls).
In DeKalb County, Ga.
Dr. Glenn, board chair of ULC (withthe assistance of volunteer Barry Gray),ini
ated a pilot program in chess duringthe summer of 2012 at Nicks BarberShop in DeKalb County. Weekly chessinstruc
on is now being o
ered byULC and taught by chess professionalBeauregard Hardeman, Jr. ULC volunteers,barbers and local residents serve as
Mt. Zion students performing duringSummer Camp Closing Ceremony.Gift bags with clothing, Black dolls,soccer balls and school supplies
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Pre-schoolers enjoy new playground equipment donated by ULC. The little one onthe slide insisted on carrying her new Black doll on the ride.