On Friday, February 16th over 40 UAB students, faculty, and staff boarded a bus from UAB and headed down to Montgomery for our third Black Belt Friday Bus trip.

Once arriving in Montgomery, the bus headed to Lee High school where the BBF volunteers was greeted by the Lee High School principal, Dr. Lorenza Pharrams, before setting out to work with the students. Our volunteers split off into pairs of college students and professionals before visiting 17 classrooms of 9th and 10th grade students, over 400 students, during their 3rd block.
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Dr. Pharrams, Lee High School Principal, talks to UAB volunteers during their time at Lee.

Making the most of their time with the students, our volunteers led their respective classrooms in activities including a game of college lingo bingo and walking through a grade reflection sheet. The volunteers also shared their own college and career journeys with the students in hopes of inspiring them in the pursuit of their own dreams. All the mentoring activities were designed to inspire and encourage the students at Lee High School.

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Dr. Lynn Kirklan, Interim Dean of UAB's School of Education, assisting a 
Lee High School student with the grade reflection sheet.

After the mentoring period ended, the volunteers were treated to a luncheon prepared by the GUA Montgomery team. The volunteers used the lunch period to debrief their day before heading back to UAB.

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Dr. Briggs paused for a selfie with the volunteers before heading back to UAB.

We would like to thank Lee High School principal Dr. Lorenza Pharrams and the faculty and staff at Lee, the GEAR UP Alabama Montgomery staff, and all of our volunteers. We’d also like to thank WIAT CBS 42 for doing a feature on this Black Belt Friday trip. Click here to watch.

If you’d like to join us on our next Black Belt Friday trip, we will be visiting GEAR UP Alabama high schools in Selma on March 2nd. Click here to sign up.

To see more photos from this event, click here.

Text By Ashton Ray
Photos by Dr. Briggs