Written by Melanie Lumpkin

Richmond County School System celebrated National Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week was celebrated in style at Westside High School with a community-wide Red Ribbon Rally. The rally was a collaborative effort of Garrett Elementary, A. Brian Merry, Warren Road, Westside High, and Laney High.  

William Avery, current President of Basketball Operations for the Augusta 706ers and member of Westside’s 1995 state championship basketball team, Duke University standout, and Minnesota Timberwolf, assisted with the official ribbon cutting. Devon Harris from Full Circle Refuge Juvenile Justice Ministries was the guest speaker. Twenty local agencies and vendors were also on-hand to offer information on a variety of topics and resources.

Our goal is to give hope to families and allow them to see that dugs do not have to destroy lives . . . with the wraparound resources available today, families have more support than ever!
— Dr. Lutricia Parkman, School Counselor, Garrett Elementary

State Superintendent Richard Woods Visits Butler High School

State School Superintendent, Richard Woods, visited Butler High School Wednesday, October 24th to visit with students and hear about their positive experiences with the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination).

The highlight of the tour was Mr. Woods interviewing a panel of students to hear about the benefits of AVID; when Einnaja Brown was asked by Mr. Woods how the program has helped her, she quickly responded, “AVID has taught me self-discipline and inspired me to be something in life!” Corrie Winston, another participant and student athlete, responded, “AVID has taught me to work as part of a team.” Mr. Woods was inspired by the student panel and pleased to see how the AVID program “started small, and now the students are ambassadors and have the discipline, motivation, and commitment to change lives.” School board members, Dr. Pringle and district leadership were also present for the visit which highlighted the positive programs Butler’s cluster schools have implemented to improve school culture and performance.

AVID has taught me self-discipline and inspired me to be something in life!
— Einnaja Brown, Butler High School Student