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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

United at Unity Academy. Gloria Liggins along with more than 10 volunteers tutor children in math and reading during the week and that's not all; they feed them and love them away from idleness into an atmosphere of learning and caring. The kids range from age 4 to 18.

"I saw many of our children were failing and going hungry and we felt we needed to do something about it," said Liggins.

Liggins started United Academy 8 years ago and hasn't looked back.

"Children love and they love you. That's what motivates me," said Liggins.

Little 6-year old Morgan Thompson says she likes Unity Academy and wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"I like learning because learning is fun," said Thompson.

Volunteer Erica Davis has given up sleeping late and a lot of personal time to help children at Unity Academy.

No regrets.

"I want to be here because I enjoy being the kids," said Davis.

At Unity Academy Liggins averages around 36 children per summer and has no idea what their backgrounds are. Liggins chooses not to know.

It's Liggins' way of not embarrassing families and besides the focus is on learning and giving to all unconditionally.

"We also give away clothes to anyone who needs something," Liggins said.

Gloria Liggins realizes through the years even she's changed for the better and credits the little ones for doing just that. Liggins and her husband fund the academy to the tune of $3,000 per summer, but they believe the long term difference they're making is worth far than that.

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