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AAMU Scholars Make Impression at Local Elementary School

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April 25, 2023

Men encourage elementary school students

A community service activity, organized by the Males for Alabama Education (M.AL.E.) Initiative, included scholars from the M.AL.E. Scholarship Program, the Teacher Ambassador Program (T.A.P.), and the NOYCE Scholarship Program. The AAMU students visited Sonnie Hereford Elementary School to greet and welcome elementary students as they arrived at the school. The scholars were also tasked with inspiring the elementary students to achieve on the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) examinations.

During the visit, the scholars shared their knowledge and experiences with the elementary students, encouraging them to pursue their academic goals with confidence and determination. They also visited with the elementary students and interacted informally with students while they ate breakfast in their classrooms. The scholars provided students with a window into the world of academia and the many opportunities that exist for those who work hard and believe in themselves.

The elementary school students listened attentively and asked thoughtful questions, demonstrating a genuine interest in learning more about what it takes to achieve their goals. Principal Donna Williams thanked the scholars for their willingness to share their time and knowledge.

The Males for Alabama Education (M.AL.E.) Scholarship Program recruits, trains, mentors, and supports minority male undergraduate and graduate students who express interest in teaching students within Alabama's public P-12 schools. Persons interested in learning more about the scholarship program should contact Dr. Samantha L. Strachan, program director, at, or Dr. Larry Collier, program coordinator, at



Pictured (Left to Right: Dr. Larry Collier (M.AL.E. Initiative Coordinator), Rodney Farrell, Brandon Watts, Tikayle McCreary, Kourtney Tabb, Albert Ball, and Dr. John Prestridge (Assistant Professor of Instructional Leadership). Not Pictured: David Wheeler (M.AL.E. Scholar) and Mrs. Nichole Louke (M.AL.E. Academic Advisor)