My student Jermaine Lumpkin graduated from Wendell Phillips Academy High School on June 7th with honors. He was a member of the Phillips Debate, Bowling and Golf Teams during his tenure. Jermaine will be attending Eastern Illinois University this fall, majoring in Biology.
Jermaine is need of serious financial help. Since the passing of his grandmother, Jermaine's family support and home life has been 'less than desirable'. Despite these challenges, Jermaine has kept his grades up and continued to maintain a positive attitude. His relatives did not attend graduation nor are they supporting his dream of attending college. Essentially Jermaine is on his own.
My co-workers will be driving Jermaine to campus later this summer to begin a early bird program for freshman students. Currently we are organizing a Trunk Party for Jermaine that is scheduled for Friday, June 13th at Wendell Phillips Academy High School. I along with many others at Phillips believe that this young man can make it! Jermaine is an example of the 'good' that is produced out of the Englewood neighborhood. At this time, Jermaine needs some support getting on his feet and beginning the next chapter of his life.
If you can assist and/or encourage friends, family/church members or organizations to donate the following items or gift cards, that would be wonderful! Items needed are toiletries, school supplies, and clothing (t-shirt - L, pants - 32-34, shoes - size 12). These items are not covered by his partial scholarships he has been awarded.
The school's address is:
Wendell Phillips Academy High School
244 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653
Attention: Jermaine Lumpkin
If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 773/[phone redacted].
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