At Uplift Summit, PEARLS Prep ladies are experiencing new worlds and making a difference in their community as they grow into their role as PEARLS. PEARLS at Uplift Summit is a group of twenty freshmen, sophomore, and junior female scholars who some would term as “at-risk”, but instead are becoming what PEARLS stands for, Poised, Educated, Articulate, Responsible, Leading, Scholars. The mission of PEARLS Prep is to empower young ladies and support them through high school on the Road to College.
The PEARLS recognize what family and community is all about. For the second year in a row, the PEARLS sponsored a Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway where they gather monetary and food donations and decorated baskets for deserving families at Uplift Summit. This year they went above and beyond and partnered with the radio station MEGA 107.5 and Dr. Pepper. MEGA 107.5 stationed at Uplift Summit and brought seventeen turkeys and 32 pies for our Uplift Summit community. The president of Dr. Pepper donated two hundred 2-liter bottles of soda.
In addition, The Steve Harvey Morning Show selected PEARLS Prep to be the recipient of Steve Harvey’s Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. Through the partnership with the Community Food Bank and their gracious donation of food, PEARLS Prep was able to exceed their goal in serving Thanksgiving Baskets for Uplift Summit families. PEARLS Prep donated the turkeys to the Community Food Bank in thanks for helping PEARLS Prep exceed their goal.
CEO of Community Food Bank Regina Taylor said, “At the Community Food Bank, we not only feed families, we feed hope too!” She thanked PEARLS Prep for their service to the community in feeding hope.
The PEARLS meet bi-weekly to discuss how classes are going and plan community service events like volunteering at the Tarrant County Food Bank. By volunteering with the Community Food Bank, PEARLS Prep was able to volunteer alongside Phi Gamma Delta of Texas Christian University and women of T.D. Jakes Ministries. The PEARLS were so excited to see how the community comes together to give back. They left wanting to do more Their organization has grown from ten freshmen last year, to those same ten who now are sophomore, and who have taken another ten freshmen under their wing and made them part of the PEARLS Prep family.
During December, PEARLS Prep will be hosting their Annual Toy & Book Drive at Uplift Summit. So far their efforts have already collected more than 1,000 books. PEARLS Prep has partnered with Hispano Exito for their Annual Holiday in the Park, Posada Navidena, to distribute books and share holiday cheer with less fortunate children from the area on the day of the event, December 22, 2013. Hispano Exito founder, Olga Naranjo, took a tour of Uplift Summit with some of the young ladies of PEARLS Prep and Uplift Summit staff. She was very grateful to see the work being done by and through Uplift Summit and PEARLS Prep. Those that would like to donate new toys as well as gently used books and coats may do so by dropping them off at Uplift Summit International Preparatory during the week of December 9-13 or at the other partner locations listed on Hispano Exito’s website.