Walking into the chapel, you could feel the energy and excitement in the
air as more than 1,000guests gathered for the Box Tops for
Education Town Hall event at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia last
night. The mission – to engage in a critical conversation around the
importance of a solid primary education for our nation's children, while
encouraging each other to become more involved in that effort as parents
and as a community. The Town Hall, hosted by famed comedian Steve
Harvey, attracted a diverse panel of education experts and celebrity
moms for the discussion, which was moderated by National Cares Mentoring
founder Susan L. Taylor. These celebrities and key stakeholders,
including LifeLearn President Dr. Jacquelyn Jackson Fleming; Spelman
College President Beverly D. Tatum; actress Tisha Campbell Martin;
Grammy Award winning artist Chilli from girl group TLC; and Grammy Award
winning singer-song writer Monica, all attended the event because they
know the critical importance of education.
Jean Childs Young Middle School Band at Box Tops for Education Town Hall at Morehouse in Atlanta Georgia Thursday, March 15, 2012 (Photo: Business Wire)
Taylor assured the guests that this Town Hall was something different.
"Believe me, this was a call to action for all of us," said Taylor.
"What we had was a lively discussion about our children's development
and about what we must do as parents, teachers and responsible members
of the community to ensure that our young ones are self-sustaining
contributors to their families and community in ways that matter most.
All of this starts with pre-school and a strong primary education."
Panelists spent time talking about their own experience with education,
taking care of their children and wanting the best for their
communities. Discussion was then opened up to the audience to ask their
questions to the panelists about education.
"It was inspiring to see so that so many people shared the passion that
General Mills has around education," said the president of General
Mills' Baking division Anton Vincent. "Every person who attended the
town hall was there because they wanted to make a difference.