School bells are ringing again as young children everywhere are missing the summer counting down until its return. While kids worry about recess and what snack to eat first, a local non profit organization, The Role Models Foundation, is making sure they have the necessary utensils to participate in a productive school day.
The company has a motto of “Set a Good Example for Others to Follow” and on August 11, they hosted their first annual “Tools for School: Back to School Drive”. According to the company’s website, the foundation is dedicated to “assist Parents/Guardians, Local School Systems, Juvenile Court Systems, Local Law Enforcement Agencies, the Department of Family & Children Services, and the Department of Human Resources and society as we know it with mentoring and supportive assistance, for youth of today, in order to help make them a better person and to prepare them for life challenges and rewards as they grow into adulthood.”
Role Models Foundation is under the leadership of their founder, Robert Releford Jr., President Carmen Ellis and Vice-President Dr. Lucious Brown. Ms. Ellis explained, “It is our hope that every child will leave with the necessities needed to have a successful school term.” With this event, Role Models Foundation was able to send approximately 50 students back to school with all of the necessities needed for a successful school year.
Although Role Models Foundation was established in 2004, this year has marked a year of progression for the organization as they seek to make a difference. The event had a great turnout, which left students as well as parents very pleased. “We weren’t able to do as much as we wanted, but we are thankful to have impacted the lives of a few children,” Ellis reflected.
Role Models is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that thrives on the donations and sponsorship. To learn how you can donate to Role Models Foundation, visit their website.