It Takes a Village

Left to right: Dr. Gay Bullock; Gladys Andrews and Kiona DeWitt, member and president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc Theta Iota Omega Chapter respectively; Silas Wood Principal Steven Toto; Student Council Advisor Carol Kelly; Adele Armstrong, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member; and Student Council Advisor Kristin Bernard.
Left to right: Dr. Gay Bullock; Gladys Andrews and Kiona DeWitt, member and president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc Theta Iota Omega Chapter respectively; Silas Wood Principal Steven Toto; Student Council Advisor Carol Kelly; Adele Armstrong, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member; and Student Council Advisor Kristin Bernard.

It was an old African adage that goes: ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. This means that the responsibility for raising one child is shared by the family, community and society at large. It also means that schools play an important role in the communal responsibility of raising children through education and social participation.

To that end, the Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center, under the leadership of principal Steven Toto, Student Council Advisors Kristin Bernard and Carol Kelly, and project initiator Dr. Gay Bullock, joined forces to raise awareness of the need for clothing for little girls in impoverished parts of Africa.

Dr. Bullock, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., brought the idea to the school to support the effort of her Sorority in an attempt to create little dresses out of pillowcases. Principal Toto and Ms. Bernard and Ms. Kelly embraced the idea immediately. As a result, Silas Wood's Student Council supplied 50 pillowcases and the trimmings to create little dresses. Thanks to the combined efforts of all, the project was a huge success.