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With a few donated books, a dingy old building, little help and her own resolve, Lillian Collins established Eastside Academy, an after-school program aiming to reach at-risk youth in need of additional instruction in math and reading. With many of its students living in a drug-ravaged part of Clinton, Okla., Lillian founded the school to provide a safe haven for its students. Much more than just a tutoring program, Eastside Academy offers students meals, transportation, field trips and incentives for attendance and effort, along with love, guidance and discipline when needed!

"I started working with kids in the neighborhood because I realized that they are our future, and like Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘We are not alright if they are not alright.’ What kind of civilization can we call ourselves if we overlook our most valuable commodity?"
~ Lillian Collins ~


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Woman of Worth: Lillian Collins

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