JUNE 2, 2021 – At Carter High, two clubs nurture students while they have fun.
“We have great things going on at Carter,” said School Counselor Camille Poe.
Three years ago, Poe established a club for young ladies called G.E.M.S. (Girls Exercising Mindset and Strength).
This year, she and Teacher Jonathan Watson established a club for yong men called Boys to Men.
“We all collaborated,” Watson said.
Come in on the right day, and you will find the members of Boys to Men wearing ties or bowties.
“If you look good, you feel good,” Watson said.
They also emphasize such positive traits as respect, scholarship, leadership and self-control.
Boys to Men has about 20 members. During Teacher Appreciation Week, the members provided breakfast biscuits to teachers and roses for the women the week before Mother’s Day.
“We are building strong character and helping realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders,” Watson said.
G.E.M.S. also has about 20 members. Up to 10 staff members meet with them weekly.
“All the young ladies have mentors who are staff members,” Poe said.
One of the projects for G.E.M.S. this year has been starting a new garden at Carter. Carter already had a community garden on the campus it shares with the Career Center and John F. Kennedy High.
The Kindness Garden, as it is called, is just outside one of the entrances to Carter. The days of planting are still to come. For now, the girls and staff members have been painting rocks with such positive messages as “Love Each Other.”
Other projects are planned.
“We want it to evolve,” Poe said.
The plan is for the boys’ club to begin working with the garden later.
Both clubs meet on twice a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays.