The Phi Alpha Theta/University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff History Club recently announced it has partnered with Oak Park Elementary School for its “Let’s Read Pine Bluff” initiative.
Michael D. Bowie II, a graduating senior and president of the History Club, has been working with Oak Park for the past three months.
“I am just elated about this partnership with Oak Park. As a part-time substitute teacher, I see the deficiencies that children have in several areas especially reading and comprehension. The History Club believes that we don’t just sit by history, we make history and by adopting Oak Park we can influence children to reach higher in their lives,” he said.
As part of the initiative, the History Club will be performing tutorials throughout the year and will help monitor hallways, playing fields and the cafeteria. In addition, the club is planning for a Benchmark Pep Rally in the spring to encourage and motivate students to do their best.
Two other campus organizations have also partnered with the History Club — Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and the UAPB Showstoppers Club.
“We challenge other organizations on campus, area businesses and neighborhood churches to adopt a school,” Bowie said. “We can’t sit idle and let our children fail, we must give them our attention, and all the resources we deem available for this cause. It is crucial for us as a community to help our schools, because when we do, we are cultivating our future. It just takes a little time to help cultivate a mind.”