February 25, 2020
GC-GCPS diversity program initiative continues
GC freshman Reyhan (Rey) Lebon and sophomore Nathan (Nate) Payet, recently visited students attending Grantsville Elementary School, as part of the Garrett College and Garrett County Public Schools diversity program initiative. The partnership strives to provide GCPS elementary school students with exposure to different cultures.
Vianne Bell, a member of the Garrett College Board of Trustees who has been instrumental in the development of the project, noted that Rye and Nate’s presentations were very well received among the students of Grantsville Elementary.
"Rey and Nate gave a presentation to every class – pre-K through 5th grade. The children were warm, welcoming and extremely interested, asking lots of questions of them both," stated Bell. "The presentations and talks were not only educational for the children, they were educational for all of us."
While studying at Garrett, both Lebon and Payet play for the Garrett Lakers men’s basketball team and are from Reunion, an island located off the coast of Madagascar.
The GC-GCPS diversity program is coordinator by School Counselor Tim Watson.
Pictured in the front row at Grantsville Elementary School are: Wyatt Butler, Cayden Warnick, Preston Watts, Austin Broadwater, Colton Yommer. Kneeling are: Chase Mason, Ariana Yommer, Tatum Keefer, Riley Crosco, Layla Rollman, Kyle Durst, Brooklyn Smith, Marley Rumer, Brent Doerr. Standing are: Mason Sebold, Mason Koontz, Evan Bittinger, Cole Miller, Adalie Goetschius, Bryden Miller, Gage Bittinger, Rylee Doerr, Karlye Bowman, Hunter Palmer, Isaiah Garlitz. Standing are: Kathy Bittinger, kindergarten teacher at Grantsville; Nathan (Nate) Peyt and Reyhan (Rey) Lebon, Garrett College students; and Ida Werner, kindergarten teacher at Grantsville.