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Unity group works to ease intolerance

January 29, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

It goes without saying unification is one of the more focal goals of Unity in the Community (UIC). Members of the UIC convened with representatives from the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation (WWIRR) Monday to discuss ongoing projects and examine where the group stands.
UIC held its first meeting of the new year Monday at the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson — who has served at the helm of the organization since its inception in 2012 — said UIC had a short hiatus prior to Monday’s meeting. Most of the discussion Monday night, he said, spotlighted some of the efforts the organization is currently undertaking.
One of the predominant efforts on behalf of UIC at the moment is tutoring youth at the Windale Apartments complex here in West Point.
Students in kindergarten up to sixth grade are allotted an opportunity to meet with tutors to mull over possible strategies to succeed in math, reading, English and other subjects. Tutors meet every Tuesday night between 5-6 p.m. Ordinarily, according to Robinson, the group meets in a social gathering room at Windale, but due to ongoing renovation, the tutoring sessions relocated to the apartment manager’s residence.
But for UIC, it goes beyond tutoring.
“It comes down to understanding different cultures and different people,” Robinson said. “It’s really a beneficial process where we learn to talk to each other ...”

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