Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN MENTORING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN – Reading Stars of the future!!

PA few weeks back I was invited to cover a most unique program where the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown execs — led by Hotel Manager Shonda Johnson — give up lunch hours weekly to work on the reading skills of third graders from North Philadelphia’s Tanner Duckery Elementary.
The bright-eyed group of 22 eager students look forward to their Tuesday trek to Pennsylvania’s largest hotel — many of whom have improved several grade levels in reading since working one-on-one with a Marriott exec at the beginning of this academic year. Teacher Conor Cory says his students’ comprehension, vocabulary and writing have all improved.
High FIVE good!!

Shonda Johnson says the program builds her team, gives back to the community and is in keeping with the Marriott’s core Philosophy of reaching our and making a difference.

This program happens weekly at the Marriott, and the kids are paired with the same mentor week after week to build a trusting relationship
Reading Stars is an ongoing program throughout the academic year. Each session lasts a little over 60 minutes

Shonda Johnson and a team member discuss an upcoming lesson.
I really could have stayed the entire afternoon to catch this unique interaction, but my being in the room was a distraction.
So after a few moments I left this scene, which was the last picture i took. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if others took a page out of the Marriott notebook and mentored a school of their own.