The Superintendent of the Saint Louis Public Schools, Dr. Kelvin Adams, is calling on parents to be involved in their child's education. And he hopes parents will call on him to provide the leadership the district has so desperately needed for so long. Literally.
Last Sunday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on the city's north side, Dr. Adams stepped to the microphone with scripture in his heart and a request on his lips. Those of us attending the 7:30 a.m. service sat quietly. The gospel music that filled the air just minutes before had been replaced by the urgent but reassuring voice of an educator.
Dr. Adams quickly moved to the Bible. He quoted Proverbs 20:11 "Even children make themselves known by their acts, by whether what they do is pure and right". The next verse came from Proverbs 22:6 "Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray".
A chorus of "AMENS" filled the church. But there was stunned silence when the Superintendent offered his personal cell phone number, urging parents to call him when they see children in need. Finally, the digits were received with a rustling of purses and paper as parishioners hurriedly wrote the number.
I checked with the Superintendent's office just to make sure that cell phone disclosure wasn't limited to church and would be welcome in my blog. The Superintendent's spokesman laughed and said, "He gave it in public, right"? I replied, "Yes, he did". The response: "Then, it's okay".
Do you have pen and paper ready? Or maybe you just want to add Dr. Adams' number to your cell phone contact list. The number is: 314-541-1165. And the Superintendent is ready to take your call.