All About The Ballots-The Orlando Times
All AboutThe BallotsAnd Black Women’s Roundtable Spread Holiday Cheer To Local Lake County Educators
LAKE COUNTY - This has been a year full of challenges for all of us, but particularly for those who teach, lead, nurture and love our children.Black teachers today, by nearly every metric, successfully support the achievement and well-being of Black children. With never-ending budget cuts, spending their own money for classroom and other supplies has become the norm.The sense of importance and of community became even stronger this holiday season as two organizations came together to spread holiday cheer. All About the Ballots and Lake County Black Women’s Roundtable united in a community initiative to make a total contribution of $1000 to help lighten this load for three local educators.
The three recipients were Natasha Walters, Director of Tender Hearts Academy, Eustis, Dorothy “Dee” Dailey-Griffin, High School Teacher, Mt. Dora and Latisha Harley, Director with her daughter Morgan Harley, Assistant Director of Harley’s Angels in Eustis. Cassandra Brown and Mae Hazelton, leaders in both All About the Ballots and Lake County Black Women’s Roundtable understood that supporting a classroom or daycare facility is building a future.
Black Women’s Roundtable isa signature program of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation with the key focus areas of Education, Health and Wellness, Economic Security and Global Empowerment. All Abut the Ballots is a non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization focused on increasing voter education and participation among Blacks ages 18 - 40. The organization also encourages civic responsibility and engagement within the Black Community by involving them inbroader aspects of socio-economic issues impacting them at their front doors. This includes jobs, health care, education, wages/income and living conditions.
“I wanted to help others (youth) reach their full potential with an emphasis on love, encouragement, communication and holistic support.” Dee Dailey-Griffintold Cassandra Brown and Mae Hazelton is what personally led her to the field of education.
When asked about the importance ofhaving the right resources, Latisha Harley stated, “Without the resources and supplies we would not be able to effectively reach our young minds. It is important to have visual, touch, and exploration available to the children. They learn and develop through play, so age-appropriate resources are very important.”
Salandra Benton, the state convener of Florida Black Women’s Roundtable, All About the Ballots and Lake County Black Women’s Roundtable share a commitment to equity in education and were therefore inspired to reflect that commitment through a tangible, monetary contribution,during this holiday season,to each educator.
Natasha Walters was candid when she told Cassandra and Mae that, “This donation will help me add more supplies to my classroom to make sure I am better equipped to continue to provide awesome service to my children.”
To Cassandra and Mae, helping Natasha, Dee, Latisha and Morganwas a tangible, meaningful way of giving back to the community.