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Employees keep up with school work
By Amy Schneider

Some of tomorrow’s aviation leaders are a long way from learning the intricacies of how an Airport operates; some still are learning the intricacies of the alphabet. Hartsfield-Jackson has several programs that reach out to these future leaders and encourage them to develop good study habits and stay in school.

On January 28, Hartsfield-Jackson employees visited Love T. Nolan Elementary School to participate in its Read-A-Thon. Volunteers read to students in kindergarten through fifth grade in an effort to inspire a lifelong interest in reading, a major building block to academic success.

“Reading really is fundamental; getting children interested in reading early in life is just pragmatic,” said Sylvia O’Neal, administrative analyst. “It was an awesome experience to share in the enjoyment watching the children’s eyes light up when you bring a story to life. I had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait until next year so I can do it all over again.”

Hartsfield-Jackson employees also participated in Celebrity Readers Day at West Clayton Elementary School on March 2.

It is important to reach children early in their education, of course, but the Airport also works with middle school and high school students to spur them toward success and to plant the seed of interest in aviation.

In February, this work included Black History Month luncheons and tours for students at North Clayton High School, South Atlanta High School and M.D. Roberts Middle School. Students heard messages from successful African-Americans in aviation and other fields, and they participated in essay contests.

Other luncheon series for high school students are held in conjunction with Latino Heritage Month and Women’s History Month.

Hartsfield-Jackson also sent three employees to share information about their careers with students at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale as part of the school’s career day on February 22.

Nolan Elementary School on January 28.

Sylvia O'Neal, administrative analyst, reads to children at Love T. Nolan Elementary School on January 28.

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