Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Meet James Drury, Educator

James Drury is an educator who has taught a multitude of students for the past three decades. He has taught in a multitude of settings, including middle and high school and ranging from at-risk through gifted.

The founder of Education Is Smart, James has developed a book and materials for students, parents, mentors and schools. With the help of donations, he works to provide the book and materials free to at-risk students.

1. How do you connect with at-risk students through your project, Education Is Smart?

The goal is to get the word out about the importance of staying in school. The connection is made through the interactive book and package featuring 25 Q/A relating to education, quotes, stats, definitions, and lessons at the end of each question. This is a great tool for students, teachers, mentors, parents, and schools. The objective is to raise funds and provide the book to at-risk students for free. Many at-risk students come from families that do not have the means to provide reading material, especially non-fiction.

2. What inspired you to write the book, The Value and Importance of an Education?

I was inspired to write the book because many students do not truly understand the impact that education has on their life. Also, for many at-risk students there is no one providing them the guidance or motivation to stay in school.

3. What responses have you received so far from parents, teachers, and other mentors about your book and materials?

Feedback has been positive and appreciative

4. Are there particular approaches you've found to be especially effective in reaching out to at-risk students?

The book provides mentors and parents the opportunity to discuss certain issues that the student may be dealing with in school. The quotes are to inspire... when the student feels down... sometimes maybe a quote is all they need to persevere.

5. What can people do who want to get involved in helping more students stay in school?

In addition to getting involved in their own communities, people can reach out through our website, where their donations will help us distribute our book and other materials for free to kids who need the encouragement, resources, and support.

Thanks, James!

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