Education Initiative

Royce Curtis and Minion Lawson, director of the Adult Learning Center
As a part of Highland’s vision to restore Abilene, we are introducing a new initiative for schools - The Education Initiative. The education or school initiative as some are calling it will incorporate two main focuses as it works to help the lives of local students. The first component is a class that will help refugee children to learn about American culture and aid them in their acclimation process.. These classes will take place each week at Lee Elementary School, Clack Middle School and Cooper High School. The second component of the Education Initiative, will be a Mentor GED program that will help 16-19 year-olds complete their GED in the course of three months time. The goal of this initiative is to provide a Christ like example to the school age students of Abilene. This will be accomplished through training and equipping Highland volunteers to become mentors to our most needy of students. We will specifically target International refugee students grades 1-12 and 16-19 year olds who are currently enrolled in the GED program. We need mentors, tutors and volunteers to help out at each school and with the GED program. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in this effort to restore Abilene. For more information, contact Royce Curtis at or Mike Thomesen at

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