On Sat, March 10, T-Mobile joined the students at Big Bethel Saturday School Academy to teach about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and good choices. The theme for the event was ” T-Mobile on the Avenue.”
Rev Bessie Donaldson, a minister at Big Bethel AME Church and the Program Coordinator of the Saturday school says the event came about through a volunteer at the school, Stephen Chinn, who works for T-Mobile.
Chinn, a mobile expert, and volunteer said that he wanted to help the school with their gardening project, which included educating the students on health and wellness.
“I got in touch with my District Manager, and she was more than willing to be on board with the project,” said Chinn.
Nichole Dennis, Chinn’s District Manager, says that the staff is overjoyed at being apart of the community, which is something that they were looking for opportunities to do. “It’s not all about numbers and sales, it’s about the communities that we work and serve in,” said Dennis.
The students were broken into groups from Pre-K to high school. They addressed various of topics including education, career choices, money management, health and wellness, art, and growing their own food products.
“They planned a whole day of activities, workshops, and teaching sessions to get the students involved to enhance their lives,” said Rev. Donaldson.
Michelle Scharff, Store Manager at T-Mobile in Woodstock for about ten years said: “The T-Mobile staff and children learned from each other.”
Fifteen-year-old Emilio Cruz has been coming to Big Bethel Saturday School Academy since he was about six-years-old. Cruz said he learned “money doesn’t buy happiness.”
DeAngelo Hardy, 11, felt as though his health was given a reality check. “I learned to eat my vegetables,” said Hardy.
Nine-year-old Serenity Belton stated, “I learned how to keep myself safe. Big Bethel is a great Saturday School.”
After hours of fun activities and workshops, the students were given prizes from the T-Mobile staff.
The T-Mobile staff and The Donaldsons, Rev. Donaldson and Mr. Antar Donaldson, Asst. Gardener with Mr. Chinn, have discussed working together on future, continuous community service projects that will help to enhance the lives of this multi-cultural population of inner-city children and youth.
“We already started game planning to see if we can continue this relationship,” said Scharff.
Chinn hopes the students at Big Bethel Saturday School took the event to help “build a stronger community among each other.”
T-Mobile finished their day of service by giving the Big Bethel Saturday School Academy a $1000 check and $3000 in total to support all efforts and needs of the school, including providing breakfast and lunch for an average of 25 students each week.
Rev. Donaldson expressed her gratitude to the T-Mobile staff for giving their time and efforts for such a special event and learning experience.
Check out more pics of the event below.