Supporting elementary students one classroom at a time is a commitment of local community leaders Bruce W. Batts and Millicent Daniels, principals of BattsDaniels Law.
The firm showed its commitment to the education of children in the community when it partnered to gift a reading and learning system to each kindergarten student at Lake Forest Elementary School in southeast Gainesville.
In partnership with the Gainesville chapter of The Links, the firm donated Leap Frog learning systems to assist the students with their sounds, letters and learning skills when they are not in school. Each kindergarten student received the wrapped gifts and opened each with bright smiles on their shiny faces and tiny, “thank yous!”
“Without hesitation, we wanted to greatly impact the tutoring program put in place by the Gainesville Chapter of The Links Inc.,” said Batts. “My Law partner Millicent Daniels and I saw a need and we are fortunate we can change the trajectory of a child’s life.”
The Reading is Power/Connecting Phonics to Links program began at Lake Forest this past fall and brings in tutoring volunteers to work with students in kindergarten through third grades to address the achievement gap, which is 70 percent between Black and white children in Alachua County.
“With partners such as BattsDaniels Law and we as the Gainesville Chapter of the Links now have an opportunity to change the outcome in preparing students for their next grade,” said Florida Bridgewater-Alford, president of the Gainesville Chapter of The Links. “Our Services to Youth facet program is closing the achievement gap from pre-K through college, with the intent of preparing our youth for the global workforce as healthy citizens.”
The Leap Frog learning system gifts also accompanied more than 100 books of various reading levels that were donated by Links members and the community during a recent book-a-thon by the organization for Lake Forest students in kindergarten through fifth grades.
Lake Forest principal Beth LeClear, Ph.D., and her staff helped give each student the gift of reading.
The Gainesville chapter of The Links is a women-led organization that creates transformative programming under its two pillars of friendship and service in Alachua and Marion counties.
This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: BattsDaniels Law and the Gainesville chapter of The Links try to close achievement gap