Twenty students from Legacy Christian Academy joined the mayor of East St. Louis, Illinois as volunteer readers at the Celebrate Seniors Reading Event at the Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center on September 13, 2019. The event was organized by Linda Mitchell, executive director of the Metro East Literacy Project to recognize National Grandparents Day.
Legacy Christian Academy is a private school in Caseyville, Illinois that teaches students to serve others in their community. The student volunteers ranged from grades kindergarten through fifth. Mayor Robert Eastern III was joined by former East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks Jr. who has been a volunteer reader for several Metro East Literacy Project events. Other volunteers included Dominique Manley, who represented U. S. Congressman Mike Bost’s office; retired occupational therapist Karen Parker Davis; and Kenric S. Lynn, executive director of the John Maxwell team.
Mamie Cosey, a community leader and senior citizen participant thoroughly enjoyed the event. She said she was amazed to see how well the children could read. “It was such a beautiful thing to see the kids reading to the seniors. It was really a blessing, and I hope they come back and do it again.”