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 Attending this organizational meeting, from left, were: Mr. Stephen Woodson, Coach Jimmy Green, Rev. Eugene Hall, Dr. Valerie Roberts, Rev. Gabriel Hicks, Rev. Lodenia Coleman, Rev. Harvey Claiborne, Ms. Jenny Strange, Mrs. Stacy Edge, Rev. Adrian Pitts, and Rev. George  Monte, Jr. Attending but not pictured, Rev. George Edge.
Attending this organizational meeting, from left, were: Mr. Stephen Woodson, Coach Jimmy Green, Rev. Eugene Hall, Dr. Valerie Roberts, Rev. Gabriel Hicks, Rev. Lodenia Coleman, Rev. Harvey Claiborne, Ms. Jenny Strange, Mrs. Stacy Edge, Rev. Adrian Pitts, and Rev. George Monte, Jr. Attending but not pictured, Rev. George Edge.
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As awareness increases concerning the economic and cultural

difficulties of some students in the demographic area of Sumter County

Schools, Superintendent Dr. Roy Brooks and Assistant Superintendent,

Dr. Valerie Roberts, have teamed with a targeted group of faith-based

leaders in Sumter County. These leaders are asked to provide

assistance and support for at-risk students to transition from an

alternative learning environment back to the regular classroom

setting. These Mentors, called "The Doctor's Army," will stress the

need for students at CrossRoads Academy to complete all academic

assignments while improving their behaviors and attitudes.

 

The organizational meeting for the new group was August 11, 2010, in

Board Room A of the Sumter County Board of Education's Central Office.

Dr. Brooks welcomed the group before an overview of the program was

delivered by Dr. Valerie Roberts. The program for this first meeting was presented by Coach Jimmy Green, Attendance Officer for Sumter

County Schools with input from Mr. Stephen Woodson, Truancy Officer

with the Southwest Judicial Circuit. Coach Green proudly shared the

improving average monthly attendance of 96+% in Sumter County Schools.

Ms. Jeanie Strange then discussed the LEAP Mentoring program and

encouraged these first guests to recruit others to join "The Doctor's

Army."

 

After the informative presentations by authoritative program

directors, a time for questions was provided. Program plans were

shared with the faith-based assembly for their input. Mentors will be

recruited and trained to work with students by "Learning for Everyone,

Avenue for Progress, (LEAP)." On November the quarterly meeting of

"The Doctor's Army," will meet at Sumter County Elementary School; in

February 2011, the Mentor group will visit Americus-Sumter High School

South Campus for their luncheon meeting. The final meeting of the year

will be in May with location to be announced. In closing, Dr. Roberts

asked the guests to seek other possible Mentors for CrossRoads and to

call Mrs. Stacy Edge at 229-931-8531 with any questions or potential

members of The Doctor's Army.

 

 
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