Tabitha Spurlock is a gifted motivator with a skill for helping students succeed.
"It's all about empowering others and letting them know that they can grow and become whatever it is they want to in life, not to limit themselves," she said.
Spurlock is an energetic, multitasker who coordinates programs at Henrico's Virginia Randolph School. She's working on a PHD in education leadership and technology, balancing marriage and motherhood, holds officer in community service organizations and in 2008 added CEO to her resume.
"I just call her Ms. Busy Bee," said loyal supporter Katrina Mazyck. "She's special, very special."
Spurlock founded a nonprofit afterschool enrichment program called "Spark of Life".
"We're trying to do something positive, we're definitely making an impact in the young ladies," Spurlock said.
The program targets 8-12 year old girls many of whom are considered at risk, something Spurlock can relate to.
"Tabitha in her past, she actually grew up in section eight housing," Mazyck explained. "Just letting them know, don't let your fear hold you back from doing something great."
Spark of Life's monthly workshops focus on character, social and leadership skills with topics from financial literacy, to health and fitness, etiquette, communication and career building.
"No one said you can't start saving at an early age," Spurlock said. "I'm confident that every workshop we implement, every program we have at least one person will be saved in our opinion. And that one person in return passes along what they shared to other people, so we're inspiring many."
"This group means a lot to her and she wants to give the girls the best," Mazyck added.
Katrina says often that means Tabitha footing the bill.
KATRINA:"I know she really needs the money, she would appreciate the money."
SABRINA: "...$200, $300. We hope it sparks more good things."
KATRINA: "Thank you so much."
We wasted no time paying it forward to Tabitha at her Henrico job.
TABITHA: "(laughing) What have you done?"
KATRINA: "But I'll take this."
SABRINA: "She nominated you for Channel 12's Act of Kindness recognition because you are a role model to young women and very deserving."
TABITHA: "Thank you!"
Tabitha says the cash will help with Spark of Life's annual overnight girls retreat.
TABITHA: "The registration fee is $25, but most of our young ladies can't afford it, we solicit sponsors, family, friends, so the blessing that you just bestowed upon me can help 12 young ladies attend the retreat."
TABITHA: "Thank you for sowing the seed."
Spark of Life takes place at the Southside Boys and Girls Club. Tabitha's goal is to expand throughout metro Richmond.
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