Ardrey Kell student spreads message of kindness to peers

Ardrey Kell student spreads message of kindness to peers

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 5:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Reid is changing the way some might view young people.    

He’s also helping change the way some young people might view themselves.

The senior recently came up with the idea to start a mentoring program for African-American students at Ardrey Kell High School.

It’s called Project Elevate and it already has about two dozen members.

"When I was a freshman at Ardrey Kell, I wasn't involved in anything. I really only played football and I received sub-par grades,” said Reid, Founder of Project Elevate.

He went on to say, "as I kind of grew up and kind of went through the ranks, I started to get more serious about everything."

Getting more serious meant being a leader and showing the underclassmen the ropes.

"We tutor on Mondays and Wednesdays,” he said. "We also hold meetings every Thursday after school."

Overall, Reid encourages the younger students to be more involved in school and their community.

"I've learned that I can't let other people, when they say things about me, put me down and stop me from doing all the things that I really want to do because no matter what I am, who I am, I can do great things,” said Cierra Washington, a freshman at Ardrey Kell High School.

Washington admits some of what she hears from Reid, she’s heard before, but it’s different coming from another student.

"I think it's because Jason is a teenager himself,” she said. "Hearing it from my mom, it's like okay that was back in the olden days and so I didn't know if she really connected, but hearing it from Jason and all the other mentors I was able to see -- wow, they really get it," said Washington.

In the end, Reid says it’s all about the potential of students like Washington.

"Make sure they can get the best grades possible so they can go to the best schools possible and get the best scholarships possible."

And perhaps the best is yet to come.

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