Afterschool Program Celebrates Black History Month, Presents Hidden Figures Awards 


Provident’s Afterschool program celebrated Black History Month with great programming and community outreach!

Our team partnered with ARCHS, Hopewell Center, SLPS, and Children’s Division to present the first-ever Hidden Figures Awards, which honored community supporters who may not spend much time in the spotlight. The event was held on February 21 at Ashland Elementary and honored nine community advocates: Tony and Angie Gilmore (Pastors of The Dream Center), Vincent McKinney (4-H Robotics University of Missouri Extension STEM Educator), Kimberlee Johnson (Owner and Operator of Miss Kimberlee, LLC-The M.A.D.), Brian Wieher (School Nutrition Specialist with Operation Food Search), Phyllis Hackman (Foster Parent), Voices of St. Alphonsus Choir, Loreno Stanley (Advisor/Mentor), and Robert Taylor (Amanda Luckett-Murphy Hopewell Center).

“We want the children to recognize that there are good people all around them each day, and that by making a difference in their community, they can lead extraordinary and meaningful lives,” said Gail Sharpe, Provident’s Afterschool Director.

The month ended with a Black History Month Culmination Event on February 27 at Fairview Elementary School in Jennings. Children from all 10 schools that are part of Provident’s Afterschool program gathered with their parents to perform and enjoy skits.
Thank you to our Afterschool team for all the great work!