Malone FEA lends a helping hand to a new school

    Mark Skinner | TIMES - Malone FEA members following their book drive that netted 1042 books for a brand new school

    The community of Malone is known for its giving nature. That giving doesn’t stop with the community but continues at Malone School. Time after time, they have reached out to schools or organizations in need to help where they could.
    Malone Future Educators of America was the latest to lend a helping hand. Club sponsor Tameka Williams tells how she became aware of the need, “I was on Facebook and I noticed the school was doing their own little book drive. A parent had told the class that the one that collects the most books would get a popsicle party. So, I contacted her and I asked her if she minded if we helped. She said the school had just started and they don’t have a library yet. I told her we really wanted to help.”
    Williams went on to say they started off after she presented the idea to Principal Doug Powell. She said what was unique about this whole thing was the teacher she was talking to attended Malone School. She graduated in 1992. Her name was Sherry Anderson. Williams said, “I actually graduated with her cousin and she’s kin to Mr. Powell, so it’s funny how the circle and it just continues back.”
    At first, she said the books came in slowly but a rush of them came and they were at 1042 books. This was all accomplished in two weeks. The books were picked up last Friday and delivered to their new home. Although the FEA led the book drive, the entire Malone School contributed books. This is the third year FEA has been established at Malone with Williams sponsoring all three years. Spring Creek Charter Academy opened their doors in the fall of 2019.
    Other projects sponsored by FEA include sponsoring the Black History program held on February 28 of each year. “This year they will be working with the local convalescent homes so instead of adopting a child at Christmas, we will be giving back to our elderly. This will be at Christmas.” Williams said it is important for her to stress to the students to give back to the elderly because after all, ‘everyone is going to get old one day.’
    FEA members are: Elijah Larry, Lindsey Williams, Stephani Free, Darion Perry, Reilly Blighton, Breanna Edwards, Janaisa Murff, Ne’kia Barnes, Jada Sutton, Jonaye’ Bellamy, Desmond Thomas, Anthony Nix, Josh Rivers and Prophetess Gray.


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