• Leadership Johnston graduates collect 17,000 books for area schools

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    June 09, 2018
    Making a difference in the lives of thousands of Johnston County students
    SMITHFIELD, NC June 8, 2018 Leadership Johnston graduated eighteen professional leaders on June 6 at a dinner banquet sponsored by KS Bank, Inc.  Held at the Country Club of Johnston County, the event featured a special presentation from Brian Doyle, a former pilot of the US Airforce, now author and expert in generational leadership.

    This year the Leadership Class completed a year-long Community Literacy Project to help schools in the county reach higher literacy standards for success.  After considering various challenges in the community, the class decided to target four schools identified as being in a “book desert’, where homes are less likely to have access to books.

    The group set a goal of collecting 12,345 books so that every child in these schools could take home five books each.  Approximately 3,000 students, grades pre-K to 5th, were able to take advantage of the gift. With the help of community agencies, including Partnership for Children of Johnston County and the Johnston County Community Foundation, businesses, schools and citizens, the Leadership Johnston class exceeded the goal by 5000 books and raised over $3,000.  

    In addition to serving the elementary schools, over 1,500 faith-based books were donated to area church nurseries.

    The Leadership Johnston Class of 2018 made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in Johnston County.

    Leadership Johnston is a leadership development program sponsored by the Johnston County Association of Chambers of Commerce and Johnston Community College. The mission of the program is to enhance the leadership skills of people throughout Johnston County through a focused capacity building effort. The skills learned through the program are designed to help participants be more productive leaders in the workplace and to encourage active civic leadership as volunteers, volunteer leaders and holders of public office. 

    Photo: (Front Row) Alice Harris, Duke Thurston, Leticia Resendiz, Kara Elswick, Scott Hadding, Leah Garner, Kirsten Adams, Samantha Holder, Dr. Gettys Cohen (Back Row) Jennifer Alford, Jeffery Hamilton, Kristin Buckner, Rhonda Miles, Eric McDowell, SSG John Cepeda, Angela Morse, Jana Hill, Robert Cupp
    Kelly Wallace, Director of Operations
    (919) 934-9166

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