Eighth-grader Damácia Howard’s long list of accomplishments and volunteer experiences is impressive even for someone beyond her years, and she has only just begun. Most recently, this Union City preteen added representing Georgia as Miss Georgia Pre-Teen at the National American Miss Pageant in Anaheim, California, to her many achievements.
Damácia’s commitment to community volunteer work serves as a strong component to her platform as Miss Georgia Pre-Teen. In April, she was one of two students in the state recognized with a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her incredible work with a national charity called Books for Africa.
She organized an effort to collect and donate thousands of books to the organization, which ships them to Africa to support a culture of literacy and provide the tools to empower the next generation of parents, teachers and leaders there. In November, with the help of her parents, Damácia delivered about 5,000 books to the Books for Africa warehouse in Atlanta, bringing her total number of donated books to more than 10,000.
Damácia is a straight-A student at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), where she can work at her own pace, free from the distractions found in brick-and-mortar schools. As an eighth grader, Damácia takes ninth-grade literature and high school physical science. She is confident and focused on her education.
“Her dad and I are just awed by her determination and commitment to her goals,” said Regina Howard, Damácia’s mother. “The curriculum at GCA is rigorous, and the environment is set up for the students to achieve greatness and be successful.”
Damácia, who also volunteers at Ronald McDonald House, strives to serve as a role model to young people in Atlanta and throughout the state. She also hopes to one day reach her new donation goal for Books for Africa: 1 million books.
To donate to the cause and for more info on the charity, visit BooksForAfrica.org.