By Wesley Martin
Standard Keepers, a subsidiary of The Extra Mile, held its’ first prayer-network breakfast Monday, September 17 at the Pensacola Civic Center.
The monthly breakfast, a southern mix of cheese grits, eggs and sausage, is a meeting for parents that want to tackle issues such as civic engagement and increased student academics.
Evelyn Mack of The Extra Mile says citizens must expect more from each other.
“We can’t go about business the same every year for our children and for ourselves as parents,” Mack said. “My goal is to connect with [like-minded] individuals … It starts with us.”
Mack says blacks suffer from the highest percentage of disparity in our community. She feels adding spirituality back into the equation will alleviate some of the imbalances between black students and scholarly achievement.
Mack said she chose the Civic Center as the meeting place because she wanted to be on “neutral ground” for this initiative.
“I want to connect with a group of individuals that understand that it’s by the grace of God we can make it,” Mack said. “If our forefathers could do it, on minimal supplies, what’s our problem?
“Standard Keepers is just an effort for us to come together collectively to say enough is enough … the change starts with us.”
Tamika Hampton, a parent, agrees with Mack.
“I attended the event for a … change in our children’s lives to let them know that you have choices,” Hampton said. “You don’t have to settle for nothing less of the best.”
“It’s very important that each parent be involved in their child’s life, schooling, and take full responsibility of their children,” Hampton said.
The next meeting will be on October 15 at 9 a.m. For more information please call 850.453.9592 or email theextramile850gmail.com