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Campostella Elementary School. At St. Helena, Tameka
earned all the Metro Machine prizes available for reading books and passing Accelerated Reader comprehension tests. Rewards include hats, backpacks, jackets and college scholarships administered for Metro Machine by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. “I remember being an oddball
because I excelled at school,” says Tameka, a pre-pharmacy major at VCU in Richmond. The reading prizes and encouragement from her parents helped Tameka continue to focus on her studies. Her parents, Mark, a grocer at the Norfolk Naval Station Commissary, and her mom, Angela, who earned an associate’s degree in business, value education and appreciate the motivation provided to their daughter by Metro Machine. Fast forward to 2009 when Tameka was an honor
that honors the late Helen Murphy Addington, a 1916 Maury graduate. Today there are many
Tameka Hicks celebrated her Metro Machine scholarship in 2002 with fifth-grade teacher Larry Skyles.
former St. Helena and Campostella students in the pipeline for Metro Machine scholarships. Their ranks are growing even as the company prepares for new owners. In 2010 alone Metro Machine added $30,000 to its Foundation fund earmarked for 11 students already reading above grade level. Among them is a fi fth grader reading on a 10th-grade level. “We knew from the start this was going to be a long-
graduate at Maury High School and headed to college as the Foundation’s fi rst Metro Machine Scholar. The $1,000 scholarship she earned in elementary school helped pay her fi rst-year expenses. In addition, Tameka won a second $1,000 renewable Foundation scholarship
term relationship,” says Ken Newman, Metro Machine vice president. “We want to see children succeed and also help generate potential employees.” For him reading well in elementary school is the key to academic success. Tameka, a dean’s list student, plans to study pharmacy in graduate school and dreams of “a promising future.” s
“We knew from the start this was going to be a long-term relationship. We want to see children succeed.” –Ken Newman,
Metro Machine vice president
Meet Tameka Hicks in this video.
Ettie’s will said a lot about her.
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