Mobile United named its first-ever Student Leaders of the Month recently. They are: Jermaine Brand, a pre-k student at Just 4, and Kayla Hamrick, a sophomore at Mary G. Montgomery High School.
The students were selected based on their character, leadership, service to others, attendance and grades.
Jermaine Brand practices small acts of kindness like picking up trash off the floor and opening doors when someone has his or her hands full. If children are feeling sad, he asks them if they are okay and offers to give them a hug. He is known for using his center time to make them cards so his classmates will feel better, according to the nomination form submitted by his school. He is kind, considerate and always thinks of others. He greets others in passing and remembers every teachers’ name so he can say hello to them.
“You are pretty special and you are making a difference, not just with people who you know, but with people who don’t know you but who have read about you,” his teacher, Ginny Green, explained as Mobile United and MCPSS representatives surprised him in his classroom to give him the award.
“I can’t wait to see what you do when you are 5 and 6 and 16,” Green added.
Kayla Hamrick volunteers to do the work that others may not always be willing to do, including taking out the garbage and vacuuming, and even staying late after school to blow up 500 noisemakers for a pep rally. She has organized a school-wide blood drive and helped sort through donated clothing for a local elementary school. She has also volunteered at elementary school field days. She does this with a servant’s heart, and she serves because she understands the fulfillment that comes from placing others first, according to the nomination form submitted by her school. She doesn’t compete for high profile officer positions in multiple clubs. Instead, she joins, invests herself and does the work.
“I just feel like the more good that I can do, the better I can help make the world, and maybe I can influence other people to do better,” Kayla said. “There’s a lot of bad that you hear on the news, but if I can just spread that little bit of good, even if other people don’t see it or know that I started it, maybe I can make a big difference.”
Mobile United – a local non-profit organization with the mission of “uniting our community through deliberative dialogue to train, convene, and engage leaders from across our community for positive action” – plans to name Student Leaders of the Month again in March, April and May.
Mobile United started its Student Leader of the Month program as a result of a meeting with MCPSS Superintendent Chresal Threadgill, who encouraged the group to help focus on the positive things happening in the schools.