Donation keeps Tubman Museum after-school program afloat

A Bibb County program designed to provide one-on-one mentoring and tutoring to elementary school students is back in action, thanks to a large donation from a local attorney.

A $40,000 donation from Amy Witherite of the Witherite Law Group is supporting the Tubman Museum’s after-school program through the end of the semester.

The program provides one-on-one mentoring and tutoring in reading, writing, and basic math to elementary students ages 5-12. It is open to students from schools in Bibb County, where 71% of students are economically disadvantaged, according to a news release.

“It’s such a gift to us and I love seeing these kids laugh and get better,” said Amy Witherite, Founder of Witherite Law Group, “and not get better because of negative motivation, but because of that positive reinforcement and people who believe.

The program also exposes children to art history that may have been cut off from local schools due to lack of funding, cultural activities, and historical pieces in the museum.

“What really fulfills me and my family is when we reach out to communities that are often overlooked or undervalued and invest the resources there,” Witherite said.

Witherite hopes to expand the program to the high school level over the next few years and expand the program to other communities in Central Georgia.

“We usually start at the elementary school level, and then we try to track those kids,” she said. “We try to extend our network everywhere they go to school for middle school and high school. It’s still a growth plan. I would love to be able to jump in and do it all at once, but we need a little community help to make it happen.

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Amy Witherite is donating nearly $40,000 to the Tubman Museums after-school program for underprivileged children in the Central Georgia community. Photo provided

A life to give

She discovered the program while doing a radio commercial in Macon and was introduced to Harold Young, the director of the Harriet Tubman Museum. During the conversation, Young said the museum had to cancel the program due to a lack of funding. After meeting in July, Witherite said it and its partners will try to find partners to match their contributions for the second semester of the program.

Atlanta-based attorney Witherite’s law firm visited the program and participated in after-school activities with the children.

Witherite started her law firm 20 years ago and is no stranger to philanthropy. She is from Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech.

“It all started with a high school in Fort Worth called Dunbar High School,” she said. And we started doing $1,000 scholarships. We saw the kids who were interviewed or five who had applied for the scholarship, all five got the $1000 and that was the very first one we did and then we expanded over time the last year between South Atlanta High School and Dunbar High School.

The particularity of the scholarships that the firm grants to students is that they can be renewed each year of their university experience.

“I don’t think there are any limitations other than available resources and funds,” Witherite said. “So I have no predisposed limitation on any program. I’m just pledging to do as much good as I can in every place with every project that’s presented to us if we think it’s something we can do. We want to do it well and correctly.

It specifically invests in initiatives that contribute to the further development of young people. Past donations include donating $160,000 in college scholarships to graduates and alumni of Dunbar High School, and $35,000 to Girls, Inc. Atlanta to create an afterschool program for homeless girls living in institutions. extended stay with their families.

As an adoptive parent, Witherite advocates to help other families and presented a check for $10,000 to the Willie Moore Foundation to help fund a documentary project focused on helping the more than 123,000 children who are currently in the system and waiting to find their eternity. family through adoption.

To help the Harriet Tubman program, Witherite said it will match every dollar donated to the program.

“Anyone in the community can step in, I don’t care if it’s $5,” she said. “Or if you have a business that has $1,000 or $2,500 to contribute to this cause, I will match the donation dollar for dollar. So we’re going to continue and hopefully we’ll raise a lot of money, because I’d like it to go on all summer so it’s a year-round program.

For more information on donating to the museum, visit tubmanmuseum.com.