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ASHS Students Visit Elementary Students
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Monday, May 01, 2017
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Food for Life Youth Academy (FLY) of Americus-Sumter High School recently visited Sumter County Primary School, Sumter County Elementary School, and Sumter County Intermediate School to read to students in twenty-four classrooms. FLY is a mentoring program focused on equipping young men with the skills and resources necessary to become successful adults. Fly is facilitated by Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education.

 The purpose of the field trip was to have high school students demonstrate and promote the importance of reading and literacy to younger students. The trip also gave FLY participants the opportunity to serve as role models and mentors. Along with reading books, the young men of FLY shared encouraging slogans such as, “Stay in school and graduate”, “Be respectful to parents and teachers”, and “Surround yourself with positive like-minded friends”.

 The FLY mentors were joined by local business owners and community leaders for lunch at a local Americus restaurant, Gladys’ Kitchen. Guests included Lee Pinnell, owner of Clinic Drug Store, Eshonda Blue and Jessica Wright, co-owners of Innovative Senior Solutions, Ben Hicks, Georgia Southwestern State University Men’s Head Basketball Coach, and Carolyn Wright, Sumter Chamber of Commerce representative. Topics discussed included entrepreneurship, good business practices, economic development, retaining youth talent in Sumter County, overcoming personal obstacles, and following one’s passion. Community leaders impressed on the young men that they can achieve their dreams if they remain persistent in the pursuit of success, and that the difference between a winner and a failure is that the winner continues to get back up after being knocked down.

 Local leaders left the lunch feeling confident that the future of the community is in good hands as the young men demonstrated an eagerness to plan and prepare for a successful future. 

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