OpporTUNEity Honored With Program Excellence Award
Martin Methodist College’s OpporTUNEity Program receives the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Program Excellence Award for the Boys & Girls Club of Pulaski. Members receiving the award are (from left, front) BGC Board Member Vivian Gordon, BGC Board Chair Randy Massey, BGC CEO Mike Anderson, CWN Director and OpporTUNEity Founder Melissa Martiros, MMC President Emeritus Ted Brown, MMC Acting Interim President Robby Shelton, OpporTUNEity Teacher Leah Senibaldi, CWN Assistant Director Amber Mitchell, (back) OpporTUNEity teachers Galen Cherry, Kerusso Pooley, Lauren Hathaway, Jackson Covington and Jonah McCurry. Guy Schafer / MMC
For the second consecutive year, Martin Methodist College’s (MMC) OpporTUNEity Program received the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Program Excellence Award for the arts for the Boys & Girls Club of Pulaski (B & GCP).
Founded by MMC’s Dr. Melissa Martiros, assistant professor and music program coordinator, the OpporTUNEity Program is a co-curricular service-learning project that provides underserved youth in southern Middle Tennessee with a unique opportunity to receive free music lessons and mentoring from MMC music students in a supervised, one-on-one setting. It is designed to change the lives of underprivileged youth for the better.
“We all owe a debt of gratitude to the 15 college students who show real commitment to the children in this program every single day,” Martiros said. “I am proud that this program has been named by the Boys & Girls Club as the best art program in the state of Tennessee, but I am even more proud to see the positive impact it has in our community on a daily basis.”
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