By Jennifer Simmons, MBA
For many students a prom is a celebratory right of passage into a new era in life. It is an experience that students of Greg Mathis Charter High School did not have until 2016. Principal, Ms. Natrice Henriques and Asst Principal, Mr. Darrell Chaplin decided it was necessary to boost the students’ morale.
Greg Mathis Charter School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with high-risk students and families throughout Charleston County in South Carolina.
This year Joy Campbell, founder of “I Serve With Joy,” returns after challenging life circumstances to take the lead in organizing a prom. As a precursor to the prom, students will have the opportunity to participate in Prince Charming Day on May 1 and Queens For a Day on May 8.
These events will consist of heart-warming scenes where influential men and women of the Lowcountry join as a united front. The group will include political leaders, attorneys, authors, musicians, entrepreneurs and church leaders who have volunteered to talk to these students about etiquette. The students will also receive free haircuts and makeovers.
The goal is for students to leave feeling empowered and honored that someone cared about them and their future. These kids, although faced with adversities; are grateful for a second chance and are working hard to become better individuals; some with dreams of being lawyers, doctors and entrepreneurs.
I Serve With Joy is “a small organization with a big heart and love to serve others as well as engaging with the community. As our reach grows we are looking for sponsors and partners to be able to make a greater impact in the communities we serve. I Serve with Joy is on a mission to reach and bless countless individuals and families all year round,” the group states.
Current event sponsors are: Inspired by Annette, Certitude Health, Coding Educators, Ash N T’s Formals, Dance Doctor, Cordell’s Cuisine and Catering, Maria’s Pink Box, Stars and Strikes, Lowcountry Blessing Box Project, Howard’s Barber and Styling College, Boys with Purpose, Lucciono’s Trucking, Lucciono’s 2x Platinum Salon, Molina Healthcare, Girl.Glow.Grow, Councilman Mike Brown, Sticky Fingers, The Spot 47, Ecox Creative, GetBossed Nails, LoLA, Charleston Good, Mt. Pleasant Belk, and Restore Global.
To learn more or make a donation. visit iservewithjoy.org.