Romeo, and his father Master P, continue on their mission to give back to the country’s future — it’s youth.
The father and son duo recently visited Danny Bakewell SR Primary School In South Central Los Angeles, in an effort to encourage kids to stay in school, as well as spark their interest in reading.
Romeo and P celebrated the achievements of some of the students who have accomplished perfect attendance and academic goals for the month, alongside Chelsie Hightower (“Dancing With The Stars”) and their cartoon character, Gee Gee The Magical Giraffe.
“It is important to me to share with young children that there are people who truly care about them. When they realize this at a young age, it helps to build self-esteem and we all know with a positive self-image you can overcome almost any obstacle,” Romeo explained. “Taking a few hours out of my schedule to celebrate their achievements is something I enjoy doing. It isn’t always easy to do well in school when you have everyday challenges to face.
“It’s important to recognize the power of vision and how self-discipline will determine your future,” he continued.
During the visit, the Millers — who have continuously promoted the importance of education and positive vision through the support of foundation Urban Born — did a read-a-long with hundreds of children in the school.
This is important, says Master P.
“It is vitally important to expose kids to reading at a young age, so that they may develop an understanding and appreciation for reading,” Master P, founder of No Limit Records, said. “This will help kids enjoy reading starting at a young age which will help them be better students and create a desire to further their education.”
Master P and Romeo were surrounded by hundreds of elementary students. When P asked, “Who knows what they want to be when they grow up?” Every kid raised their hands.
“Being around all of these young kids with such positive attitudes, despite their poverty-driven environment, makes me smile because this is where I come from,” said P. “Romeo and I are true examples that education saves lives. Principal Robbie Belcher and her staff are doing an excellent job with these kids.”
Romeo and guest Chelsie Hightower read the book, Gee Gee the Magical Giraffe created by Itali Miller, art and story by Olatokunbo Betiku.
In addition to his efforts in giving back, Romeo is also a contestant on the current season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where he will dance this season with Hightower.