Why Does HHBC Support MLK Elementary School?

Why does HHBC support Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School? Our own Cameron Hill is one of the reasons. When the Missions Committee was discussing adopting a neighborhood school after we completed Vision 20/20, Patricia and Rod Finney asked us to consider MLK because Cameron needed help that the overworked teachers there were unable to provide. While the previous principal was not receptive to our participation, the new principal, Dr. Suzan Watkins, has welcomed our assistance this past year.

In 2018, MLK had an enrollment of 738 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, with a teacher/student ratio of 19.6:1. Located in one of the lowest income areas of the county, MLK is one of the lowest performing schools in the county. Based on the combined math and reading proficiency testing date, MLK ranked #1,197 out of 1,226 elementary schools in the state of GA. On the Milestones Test given annually to students in grades 3-5, only 6% of students at MLK were proficient in math (Bibb County 30.3% / GA 45.5%) and only 8% were proficient in reading and language arts (Bibb County 27.5% / GA 41.7%).

There are two components of our support for MLK: reading tutoring and teacher/staff support. Look for more about those in the next few weeks. If you are interested in tutoring at MLK next year, contact Kam Cook at (478) 836-5301 or kmhcook@gmail.com.