Judge Marable Students of the Month pilot summer reading program a success

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Flint 68th District Judge Herman Marable, Jr, and his Students of the Month participated in a reading program last Thursday with young children at a local church day camp. The Community Super Summer Fun Camp, for children ages 5 through 16, is hosted by Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ where Superintendent Chris Martin is the pastor.  UAW Region 1C is also a co-sponsor of the camp which began July 23rd and ends August 25th.   

In a pilot program, Judge Marable and a couple of his students read children's books about the biographies of President and Mrs.Obama as well as African-American inventors to children aged 5-7 years old. The purpose was to inspire the youngsters to think about future careers and goal setting in their own lives and to demonstrate the importance of reading for fun. Another benefit to the Students of the Month was that the older students saw first hand the importance of mentoring to younger kids.

“Young children have the spark of curiosity when you read and talk to them. They were a joy to read to,” said Judge Marable. “I think that it was just as much fun for the student readers, and me as the little ones that listened to us.”

Judge Marable indicated that he would like to see the Judge Marable Student's of the Month read to young kids throughout the school year. “This was our first crack at this, and I hope that we have the opportunity to do this in other forums in the future. Thanks to Supt. Martin and his staff for letting us spend some time with his day campers.”

After the reading session, camp director Cameron Martin, Judge Marable, and his students addressed teen participants of the camp about the importance of staying in school, and doing their best.    

Judge Marable Students of the Month participating included Cameron Robinson who is a junior at Genesee Early College, and Brittney Major who is a senior at the University of Michigan--Flint.

The Judge Marable Student of the Month/Year program was established in 2004 by Judge Marable and his Citizens Advisory Committee to encourage Flint area high school students to focus on academic achievement and career goals. Each month during the school year a 10th grade student is recognized and awarded a $75.00 savings bond, trophy, and certificate based on the completion of an application and essay about their career goals. Within weeks one of the monthly awardees from the 2011-2012 school year will be selected as Judge Marable’s Student of the Year and will receive a $500.00 savings bond.

Tenth grade students who are Flint or Genesee County residents are eligible to apply for the Judge Marable Student of the Month/Year Award. Further information on the Judge Marable Student of the Month/Year Award and applications are available from high school guidance counselors, principals, or from the www.judgemarable.net <http://www. judgemarable.net/>  website or by calling (810) 597-7795.

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