LEAD Youth Ambassadors Honored by National Merit Scholars Program

 

Two LEAD Youth Ambassadors have been recognized as “Commended Students” in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Andrew M. Keith, second from left, and Rachel K. Smith, second from right, were honored at a Johnson City Schools Board of Education meeting on Nov. 6. 2018.

These Science Hill High School students have worked alongside our executive board and advisory committee members since LEAD’s inception. We are extremely proud of not only their academic achievements but of their commitment to improving their community! Well done, Drew and Rachel!

Construction is Underway!

For months, we’ve been raising money for renovations to the former Langston High School building. We’ve been talking about what the space will be used for and how it will benefit future generations. We’re excited by the possibilities this project offers and how it will shape our community for years to come.

Now, thanks to the dedication of many volunteers and the generosity of city leaders, businesses like General Shale and Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union and individual donors, we’re pleased to report that construction on the building has started in earnest.

Click through the gallery to see how work is progressing. We’ll post more pictures as the project takes shape.

A big thank you to the donors who have helped us reach this milestone. We couldn’t have done it without you!

You can be a part of this historic endeavor, too. Click here make a tax deductible contribution to Langston Education and Arts Development, Inc., and help preserve our school for posterity!

Who Doesn’t Like Pie?!?

 

As if you needed another reason to enjoy a piece of pie, Buttermilk Pie Shop has partnered with LEAD to raise money to fund renovations at Langston High School.

From September 11-13, 20 percent of proceeds from sales at Buttermilk Pie Shop will be donated to LEAD. The pie shop is located at 3135 People’s Street, Suite 300, Johnson City. You can check out their menu here

So go ahead and indulge! After all – it’s for a good cause!

Help Us Win $25,000

LEAD has a chance to secure $25,000 in grant funding from the First Tennessee Foundation, and we need your help to win!

All you need to do is vote for our video in the First Tennessee Foundation’s 25 Years of Giving contest. Just click the link and create an account. A valid email address is all you need to register.

Voting is now open, so please cast your ballot for our video. You can vote once per day until the polls close at midnight on Aug. 31.

The 25 videos with the most votes will advance to the next round. Winners will be announced on Oct. 25.

Thank you for helping us secure this funding that will help preserve Langston High School for future generations. We appreciate your continued support!

Public Forum Planned for Aug. 18 at Carver Rec

We have exciting news to share! Please join us for a public forum on Saturday, Aug. 18 from noon-2 p.m. at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City.

LEAD board members will give an update on our campaign and answer any questions you have about this exciting grassroots project.

We look forward to seeing you on Aug. 18!

Thanks to General Shale for Brick Donation

Without the support of businesses in our community, restoring Langston High School to its former glory would just not be possible. That’s why we’re so appreciative of General Shale.

General Shale has committed to donating the brick products required for the facility’s exterior additions as well as brick, masonry materials and labor for the front entrance fenced wall area.

The company’s donation will offset costs associated with the project, allowing LEAD to use funds raised to completely restore the building. When renovations are complete, Langston will serve as a multicultural center for the community. Youth arts and technology program will also be offered at the center.

Preserving Langston offers the chance to maintain a connection with the school’s historical past and an even brighter future. Her rebirth her legacy, and the legacy of Johnson City’s African-American community, will continue for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

LEAD is working with the City of Johnson City to preserve Langston High School, which served the African-American community from 1893-1965. It closed following desegregation and was used by Johnson City School’s maintenance department for years.

Indeed, restoration of Langston High requires a coordination of efforts. Everyone in our community must help with this endeavor. Donations from large corporations like General Shale are vital, but so are financial contributions from individual donors. It will take a united front to see our dream realized.

Learn how you can help by clicking here.