Recently the Workplace Advisory Group of the DeKalb County Public Library volunteered for a project to help the Mommy and Me Family Literacy Program located in Clarkston. The DCPL volunteers will be fixing up a space in the school for mothers and their children to read and relax during their school day.
The Mommy and Me Refugee Family Literacy Program is a nonprofit school located in the heart of Clarkston where immigrant mothers and their children learn together.
When I found out about this program, I was delighted. For a time I worked at the Clarkston Branch of DCPL, and it was (and is) a very busy place! There were many immigrant children, most of them refugees whose families fled to this country from their homelands.
According to their website, the school’s students come from more than a dozen countries from around the world: Eritrea, Burma, Bhutan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Burundi.
From the Mommy and Me website,
“We are a nonprofit school located in the heart of Clarkston, Georgia where immigrant mothers and children learn together.
“A family literacy program, we offer four components of instruction: (1) ESOL classes for refugee women, (2) onsite early childhood development program for their young children, (3) Parent and Child Time sessions to promote family engagement, and (4) weekly workshops on parenting, health/nutrition, and life skills.
“Clarkston’s transformation dates back to the late 1980’s, when the U.S. State Department and various resettlement agencies chose Clarkston as an ideal site for refugee resettlement. A mass exodus of middle-class whites to Atlanta’s more affluent suburbs left behind inexpensive apartments that could serve as affordable housing for newly arrived refugee families. The easternmost stop on MARTA, Clarkston also offered its residence access to public transit and a commute to employment opportunities in Atlanta.”
To find out more about the program or to volunteer or make a donation, click on the link below: