Gayle Kahn has volunteered tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth through Hands On Atlanta's Discovery program for 20 years. As a Grad Captain for the program, Gayle would coach the volunteers in her classroom and engage the children. She thinks of children as little sponges. "even on a Saturday, they’re eager to be at school!' says Gale.
Gayle has also gone above and beyond for the children she serves. Back in 2005, Gayle became concerned when children came to Discovery with no coats on a very cold day. She immediately took action, asking her friends if they would donate new or used coats or donate money for her to buy coats for the students. With her friends’ support, she was able to outfit 25 students that first year. Today, she holds an annual coat drive for the students at Parklane elementary. This past winter, she outfitted 118 with coats to ensure that these children are not going to school without on cold days.
While she’s no longer a Grade Captain, she still tutors the 2nd graders and substitutes for the grade captain when needed. She’s stayed motivated by the commitment she sees from the Discovery program founders, Richard and Debbie Goldsmith, "as long as I am able, I'll keep volunteering with these kids" says Gayle.
Gayle’s favorite story
On day in 2007, the Discovery volunteer team took the kids to the Dekalb Farmers Market for a field trip to learn about new and exotic foods. The children would participate in a scavenger hunt in the market and once that was done, each child would get $5 to buy something. Most kids bought candy and cakes for themselves, but the three Morgan brothers (now young men) pooled their money and bought their mother flowers. Still today the brothers come to volunteer at Discovery like many of the children who grew up in the program and want to give back what was given to them.
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