The ladies at the Woman’s Club, starting back after a three-month break, welcomed James Madison Preparatory High School (JMPHS) Principal and STEM Program Director Demetrius Rice to their education-themed luncheon.
President Ethel Barefoot opened the meeting with a moment of silence to remember those lost in the 9/11 tragedies of 2001. Club member Florida Smith followed the remembrance with a devotional, dedicated to children and education, reading inspirational quotes and a poem from David Weatherford “What Children Learn.”
After the opening of the meeting, everyone enjoyed a spaghetti lunch served by Divine Events Catering before settling in to hear Principal Rice.
The JMPHS charter school principal told the ladies he was not “long winded” and kept true to his word, but was still able to share plenty of information about the school and its STEM objectives. He spoke on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math today, and how it affects all aspects of life and believes that JMPHS is the prototype for our educational system today.
Betty Jean (BJ) Curtis ended the luncheon thanking the club for all they do, and have done, for Take Stock in Children; an educational organization that gives out prepaid college scholarships to students who might not otherwise be able to further their education after high school. BJ has been the organization’s Student Advocate, but has retired this year. Take Stock Director Jo Willis was able to attend the meeting, after coming from the state conference, announcing to the Woman’s Club that the Madison County Chapter of Take Stock in Children had just received the state’s Program of Excellence Award.
The Woman’s Club helps out the Take Stock program by donating school supplies for backpacks the organization gives away, they have paid for a student scholarship and many of the club’s members participate in the mentor program, assisting students weekly with their studies.
The Woman’s Club meets on the second Thursday of every month at the Woman’s Club Center, located at 420 Lakeshore Dr., beside Lake Frances.