2017-06-14 / Front Page

Pace Cooper - taekwondo and community service!

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Pace Cooper recently donated over 300 books to the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center as his project for Andi Johnson’s On Target Martial Arts program. (Photo contributed) Pace Cooper recently donated over 300 books to the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center as his project for Andi Johnson’s On Target Martial Arts program. (Photo contributed) Most people don’t associate martial arts with community service. However, Andi Johnson, Instructor for On Target Martial Arts, requires that her students complete a community service project before testing for their black belt.

Pace Cooper, 9, son of Cary and Tara Cooper, has been a student in Ms. Johnson’s taekwondo classes since he was three years old. He will test for his black belt this month and must present his project before testing.

Pace contacted Elaine Williams at Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center to inquire about the needs of the organization. An avid reader, he was excited to learn that the JCFEC needed books, not just to entertain children, but to help parents and their children with early literacy skills. Pace set a goal of 100 books and then collected over 300!

The books were delivered to JCFEC last week.

Pace expressed his view on children being exposed to reading early. “If they learn to read, then they can do anything,” he said.

Ms. Williams expressed appreciation for the effort Pace put into his project.

“The JCFEC is focusing on early literacy. We will be working with parents and their children to stress the importance on language and reading before children enter school. We were very excited when Pace approached us about a community service project, because we wished to start a reading center/ lending library with early childhood books! Our wish has come true! We will have almost 500 books in our library! We hope to have it up and going by the end of June. Thanks so much to Pace, his family and On Target Martial Arts for this project,” she said.

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