8th graders at Edgar Martin Middle participate in Choices Program

Photo by KADN staff

Workshop put on by rotarians and volunteers from the Lemoine Company

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:28pm

Eighth gradersat Edgar Martin Middle school started their choices program workshop this morning.  The choices program is put on by rotarians and volunteers from the Lemoine Company.  It is an interactive decision-making workshop that focuses on keeping teens in school, motivating them toward their education and future, and introducing them to practical life skills to help them succeed.

"When I've gone through it and started doing the research when this program was brought up to my attention, I was thinking, wow.  Goal setting, time management, I thik even most adults now could use time management skills and improve on those," Ken Stansbury, assistant governor for the Rotary Clubs in Lafayette.

This program is trying to help the 70 percent graduation rate in Lafayette Parish.  A 2009 study of at-risk students showed that those who participated in choices increased their school engagement about 50 percent more than those who did not.

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