United Way program providing new resources to Dorothy Height Elementary School in Columbus

Updated: Feb. 10, 2021 at 11:54 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Organizations across the Chattahoochee Valley continue to celebrate Black History Month by recognizing leaders and their roles in the United States.

This month, United Way’s Community Schools United is highlighting the legacy of Dorothy Height. She was a civil rights activist and women’s rights activist. Height believed in overcoming opposition to reach your goals.

Organizers are using her platform to lift students to their full potential at Dorothy Height Elementary School in Columbus.

“We want to make sure that we share with the community what we’re doing,” said Pam Romero, director of Community Schools United. “So, we’re making a very intentional initiative in the month of February to highlight African American leaders within our community and within history. And we also really want to highlight who Dorothy Height was. So, when we go back to how our strategy aligns with that of her legacy, that’s what we’re all about. So, I mean the chips couldn’t have fell into place any better with Dorothy Height being such a huge activist.”

“United Way has been phenomenal,” said Dr. Lamont Sheffield, principal of Dorothy Height Elementary. “It’s truly a partnership when you can come together and do what’s best for the community, for our parents, for our students, just our school family as a whole. We’re grateful for their partnership and the strategies that we will put in place to help our families succeed.”

Community Schools United is working with Dorothy Heights Elementary to bring more resources to students inside and outside of the classrooms to overcome opposition.

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