‘Army’ Funded Program Is Making An Outsized Impact

Personal Growth And ‘Jurassic’ Size Advancement In the Classroom

There is no telling if it will be an adventure or action film, but a decade from now don’t be surprised if one of the movie director credits on the screen belongs to Ibrahim Hussein.

A struggling Math student a year ago, Ibrahim has not only turned around his grades but set his aspirations high, winning praise from his after school and summer camp counselors and admiration from fellow student neighbors in Homeport’s Marsh Run community.

 “He is getting smarter,” said Baboucarr Sanneh, 13, one of Ibrahim’s closer friends and neighbors.

Ibrahim says after school counselors, partially paid for by Homeport “Army of 1000” donors including lead sponsor U.S. Bank, helped break down his 7th grade homework in a way he could best understand. But he had desire to change as well, said Homeport after school counselor Mark Childs.

“With his great work ethic and active participation in school and the after school program he was able to turn his mathematics grade from a D to aB+,” said Childs.

“I just tried to do my best as I worked hard,” Ibrahim, 12, said.

His work has carried over to others, Childs said.

“Ibrahim has not only been an active participant in our after school program, he has been an active, positive peer and role model for his peers,” Childs said. “During a talent show, held by the after school staff, Ibrahim was able to use longitude and latitude coordinates to find a particular city, state and country on a map.”

A native of Kenya, and the fourth of seven children, Ibrahim came to the United States when he was four years old, living first in Vermont, and now Columbus.

When asked if he has a message to Army of 1000 donors, he smiles and says: “They should continue to support us. They should know we can really learn and get more education and improve our grades.”

And dream.

“I would like to be a movie director when I grow up. Make adventure or action movies.  My favorite movie series is Jurassic Park,” he said.

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