Witherite Law Group to Present Large Donation to Fund Local After-School Program

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

In celebration of the 22nd Annual National Lights on After-school Week, Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck, will present a check for more than $36,000 to the historic Tubman Museum to fund an entire semester of the after-school component of its “Pipeline to Success” program. The check presentation will take place on October 26, 2021, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Tubman Museum (310 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201). This media day will highlight the kids participating in cultural, educational, and leadership activities, a curriculum they will now be able to experience daily thanks to the generosity of The Witherite Law Group.

For many years, the Tubman Museum had a robust after-school program that worked with elementary, middle school, and high school students until budget cuts forced them to halt the program. When Amy Witherite, founder of Witherite Law Group, learned of the deficit on a recent visit, she committed to not only make a donation but fund the program in its entirety for a full semester.

“Educating the next generation of leaders is a priority for Witherite Law Group,” said Amy Witherite. “The after-school program at Tubman Museum is reaching kids in a positive way and giving them the resources they need to excel beyond their current circumstances. We are happy to get this much- needed program off the ground and page1image24379584

hope other community leaders and organizations will walk with us


The donation from Witherite Law Group will allow the Tubman Museum to reinstate the after-school

program. They have already registered thirty-six new students, with a vision to serve dozens more.

“There continues to be a direct correlation between literacy rates, school dropout rates, and crime. Due

to the increasing crime rate in Macon, the time to step in to protect the future generation is now,” said

Jamiah Walker, education director, Tubman Museum. “With the generous donation from Amy Witherite

and the support from other local foundations, the Pipeline to Success program is designed to help

students successfully complete and master grade-level tasks, which has a direct link to future success.”

The after-school program officially started on September 20 and will primarily serve students from Bruce, Veterans, and Heritage Elementary Schools. The program will consist of cultural enrichment and

in support of the program. The community and the kids need this program and will greatly benefit from


mentoring, along with motivational activities and homework assistance. These areas have proven to

help students gain cultural understanding and grasp school subject concepts better, helping them improve their grades and overall performance in school.

The goal of the after-school program is to provide educational and cultural support and resources, decrease crime and bullying, and address the social and emotional needs of the students enrolled in Bibb County Schools. These goals are particularly important for the 82 percent that are minority-race students from underserved areas of the community.

“The Bibb County School District is pleased to continue a longstanding partnership with the Tubman Museum to fill out-of-school time with positive activities to guide our students toward success in school and readiness for careers,” said Dr. Janice Flowers, director for before and after school programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers. “Our after-school programs focus on individual outcomes related to academic performance, social and emotional learning, and healthy living while providing a safe space for youth during critical hours. We welcome the WITHERITE LAW GROUP to the Macon-Bibb Community

and appreciate their generous support of our students and families.”

The after-school program has had a positive impact on students who’ve previously participated. Many of them have progressed from barely making it through their classes to thriving, learning, and leading. The museum's comprehensive program exposes children to their culture, learning techniques, and mentors, which has proven to boost their confidence and help them flourish in school. The after-school program is free for students to attend. Students may register online to participate.