The Carver Early Childhood Center, Enid
The Carver Early Childhood Center’s SB Crew has selected Rob Cummins as its outstanding mentor of the year.
The SB Crew is a group of men from the Enid community who have committed to share themselves with the children at the Carver Early Childhood Center. Rob has been a member of the SB Crew since the Carver Early Childhood Center was founded three years ago.
Rob volunteers weekly in the Blue Room, which is the pre-K classroom at Carver. He regularly works with about 22 children in the class.
“For our many children in poverty, Rob serves as possibly their first role model of a male who can be trusted and shows kindness,” said Christine Smith, director of early childhood at the center.
“You might find him reading to the entire class or working one-on-one with individual kids. He may be playing a game, teaching a learning activity, rewarding with M&Ms, or listening and talking to build vocabulary and self-esteem. The kids might be struggling to learn, requiring enrichment, or needing the care and support of a compassionate adult role model, and he fills that need.”
However, Rob’s impact is school-wide. He built a tricycle path for the children to ride their bikes on after he realized they didn’t have one. He organized a Donor’s Choose project to meet the educational needs of the Blue Room. More recently, after a trip to Tulsa, Rob brought back learning materials for the children.
“They are always on his mind, far beyond the hour a week he has committed to,” Smith said.