Centers Promote Making Positive Choices (Savannah, Ga.)

Date: April 19, 2013

Savannah Ombudsman students participate in daily pro-social group activities that teach the importance of making positive choices. In recognition of this, March was “Choice Awareness Month” at Ombudsman.

“The pro-social groups are designed to provide students with preventive information that helps them make the right choices by teaching self-control, self-respect, communication skills and how to be accepting of others. Our goal is that students graduate from our program or return to their district school as well-adjusted individuals,” Ombudsman counselor Kimberly Gaites said.

Throughout March, the centers hosted speakers such as:

  • Representatives of Savannah Technical College who discussed post-secondary educational planning, college admissions and financial aid;
  • Candis Mims, certified rehabilitation counselor for the state of Georgia, who discussed job training skills;
  • Students from Savannah State University who talked about high school preparation and post-secondary goal-setting.

“As educators, we are very passionate about our pro-social program and the results we see in our students are incredibly rewarding,” said Tyree Simmons, Alternative Education Administrator. “The speakers provide our students with positive messages that help us replace the negativity they often face outside the classroom with positive reinforcements.”

The Ombudsman Centers will continue to enhance the pro-social program by incorporating more speakers into the curriculum.

Photo Credit: Matt Tolman


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