Georgia College students involved in the Public Achievement (PA) class have worked diligently with the 100 Blandy Hills Elementary School YES (Youth Enrichment Services) Program youth to reflect citizenship and educational values through the creation of school hallway street signs.
The 30 college PA students worked with Blandy students once a week since January to create 17 hallway street signs, representing the core concepts within the PA program, that will be placed throughout the school next week, including Citizenship Court, Community Court, Freedom Road, Honor Street, Respect Road, Responsibility Road, Power Parkway and Sportsmanship Drive. The main hallway will be known as Scholars Boulevard since Principal Charlene Thorpe likes to refer to her students as scholars.
The Blandy YES students held a celebration in the media center to present their PA accomplishments this year and meaning of their street signs through posters, skits, artistic artifacts, raps and interviews before families and teachers.
The YES program is funded by the Georgia Department of Education through a grant awarded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center and the program’s mission is to raise achievement and educational aspirations for students in grades 3 through 12 each school day between 3 and 5 p.m. The program is a partnership involving Georgia College, the Baldwin County Board of Education and Baldwin County Parks and Recreation. The YES Program ultimately aims for students to work together in order to build a whole community that says “yes” to making promises come true.
As the Georgia College PA program completes its third full academic year this month, college students have worked with more than 250 students at Oak Hill Middle School and for the past two years at Blandy Hills.
For more information about Georgia College PA and student group accomplishments, visit www.gcsu.edu/adp/publicachievement.htm.
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