Twenty students and their sponsor, Mrs. Lyle, took a trip to Trussville to participate in the seventh annual Youth Council Focus Group. The purpose of the group is to reduce at-risk behaviors among teens and inform about the many dangers in taking part in the behaviors. It took place at Hewitt-Trussville High School where the students witnessed several speakers, as well as Ben Glenn known as “The Chalk Guy”. A total of 500 hundred students through all the Alabama school systems attended.
State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Joseph Morton said, “For seven years the state department has supported the work of the Focus program, the program promotes student led prevention of several at risk behavior. The program also coordinates with Alabama’s campaign to prevent teen pregnancy. It gives the students that attend the tools to educate fellow classmate of consequences of behaviors”.
This group has also created a Facebook page to show some of the speakers and the students that attended. The students who attended all agreed “The Chalk Guy” was amazing and that they learned a great deal participating in the sessions throughout the day.
Hopefully, the effects of the conference will continue and Walker hopes to send more students annually. Now, the Focus Group will work with Mrs. Lyle to coordinate more events that spread the positive message of good personal decisions throughout the student body. The group was a good experience for those involved and the school will benefit from learned lessons.
The students participating in the Focus Group are: Anna Barrera, Catie Elliott, Hadley Skalnik, Saturynn Dorrough, Pollyann Scruggs, Andrew Harris, Halee Wright, Kelsey Stracner, Cade Diehl, Zayne Lockhart, Marisa Lewis, Hannah Sparkman, Allison Hudson, Jessica Sullivan, Alivia Darty, Jim Trotter, Eric Cagle, Morgan Curry, Cody Redmill, Kyle Taylor.
By: Dakota Day