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Volunteer Spotlight: Erogbogbo focuses on diversity
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Each month, we shine a spotlight on one of the many volunteers who are keys to the success of the Washington Street Community Center.  Last month, we interviewed Mrs. Louise B. Adams, a retired primary school principal who founded and continues to tutor students in the After School Homework Tutorial Program. 

This month, we highlight the contributions of Folusho Erogbogbo, an employee with General Mills who provides a diversity program for the children here at Washington Street called “One World.” 

This program teaches youth about the different cultures we have and helps them appreciate the vast world around them. 

He has even won an award from General Mills because of his help at Washington Street Community Center.

Question 1: What is your role at General Mills?

“I am an Electrical Engineer at General Mills. I am responsible for all the electrical and programming systems controlling the machines that make some of your favorite cereals – Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Raisin Nut Bran, and a lot more!”

Question 2: What triggered you want to teach children about the diversity of the world? 

“One of my co-workers used to teach African dance at WSCC. I was fortunate to drum during one of her last sessions. When my friend left the plant, Mrs. Jackson asked if I would like to continue the dance session. I remembered being invited to share my Nigerian background with students while I worked at our Cedar Rapids plant, and I decided to start a similar session in Covington. I thought I was getting out of dancing, but several of our sessions have actually involved dancing!”

Question 3: Why do you think Washington Street is unique from the other after school programs and why did you choose to work with this program?

“Washington Street students are engaged, energetic and willing to learn. I am constantly surprised by how much the kids know and how much information they can retain. I chose Washington Street because General Mills has a longstanding history with the center, and this was a great way to continue that tradition.”