On Friday, February 18th, the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center students joined the local Grand Rapids Gerontology Network to host a Diversity Celebration in honor of Black History Month. Over 100 seniors and their families attended the event at the local La Grave Christian Reformed Church. Included in the attendance were the Gerontology Network’s Traveling Grandparent Program volunteers who visit the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center weekly to mentor students throughout their time in the Job Corps program.
The Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center students had an opportunity to showcase their talents and share their gratitude for the Traveling Grandparent Program during the Diversity Celebration Program. Opening the event with an outstanding steppe performance was the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center Kappa League Steppe Team. Next, student Jarrod Maxwell entertained the crowd with a special song honoring African American heritage. Finally, three Gerald R. Ford Job Corps students read brief biographies of famous African American’s accomplishments. Following the program, the Culinary Arts students served a lunch that they prepared for all the attendees that included barbeque chicken, green beans, corn bread, and peach cobbler for dessert.