Retreat helps teens with success | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 29, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm
Youth from Colleton County middle and high schools had the opportunity to learn techniques for success in life during the school district’s youth retreat on April 20.
“The youth retreat is an annual event that gives middle and high school students the opportunity to learn valuable life skills from professionals in our community on a variety of subjects from dressing for success, anti-bullying strategies, respecting authority to preparing for college, just to mention a few,” said Terry Dingle, who organized the event with Cordelia Jenkins.
Students gathered at the Colleton Annex Learning Center to hear about such topics as “Keys to Success: Respect and Courage” by Shiela Keaise of the Colleton County Memorial Library; “Respect: Respecting Authority” by local pastor Eric Campbell; “Making Good Decisions” by Wayne Bennett of the Walterboro office of the Dept. of Juvenile Justice; “Bullying 101” by Lois Morris, also of DJJ; “Career and College Preparation” and “Success Begins with You” by Dr. Nina Davis; and “What Does Success Look Like: Success Begins with You” by Cyrus Birch.
The group gathered for an introductory session before splitting into smaller groups in both morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch and door prizes were provided.
Theme was FLEEK Millennials (Future Leaders Engaged, Empowered and Knowledgeable.)
Others participating were CCSD School Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster; Vicki Brown of the Colleton County Memorial Library; Nicholas Salley, Joseph Burdell and Trevor Owens, CCHS students; Leiara Rivers and Malaki Cummings, CCMS students; Terry Dingle, CCSD; and Jeff Leopard of the First Baptist Church.
Sponsors included Bank of Walterboro, Walterboro Adult and Pediatrics, Dr. John B. Johnston, Body Basics by Natalie, The Keith Agency, Marion Baptist Church, St. Peters A.M.E. Church, Ephraim Green, New Life U.M.C. Adult Ministry, Colleton County Memorial Library and Colleton County schools.