Although her mother describes her as “not domestic-oriented,” a high school student’s passion for the children at Anne Street Elementary School helped get some bucks in the school’s coffers.
Chelsie Hilborn, a 2008 graduate of Griffin High School, spent a good portion of last school year participating in Griffin High’s teacher/cadet program, where high school students mentor students at area elementary schools.
Hilborn took a particular interest in the students at Anne Street and told her mother, Victoria Attaway, about them.
“‘Mom, you’ve got to come to this school and see them,’” Attaway says her daughter told her time and time again. “‘They’re like little sponges. They just soak up everything you teach them.’”
So, Attaway, who is also the Advantage coordinator for Sam’s Club in McDonough, went to take a look and was thoroughly impressed — so much so that she pushed to get the school a $500 grant, which was presented Tuesday, and to become a Partner in Education.
Anne Street Principal Evelyn Jones says Hilborn was a pleasure to work with and vowed to hold her a teaching position at the school if she decides to become a teacher.
“She has the heart of a teacher,” Jones said.
As for the money, Jones says there won’t be any problem deciding how to use it.
“Usually what we do are the little extra things to make the school better for students and help with the after-school program’s clubs,” she said.