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CATA students enjoy outing with Wolfe students
Role models come in all sizes, shapes and forms. For the students at Wolfe School, some of those role models come from the school located right next door.
More than 100 students from Central Academy of Technology and Arts, all members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), came to the school Friday (April 3, 2009) bearing gifts – bags filled with brightly colored eggs and the gift of conversation.
CATA School Resource Officer (SRO) Shawn Parler, a police officer with the Monroe Police Department, coordinated the effort with the school’s SADD students. CATA students came during their lunch periods to visit with the Wolfe students.
Wolfe School principal Mary Jo Breckenridge said she appreciated the opportunity to partner with CATA, noting what a positive experience the event was for both groups of students. “It’s a great opportunity for our students at Wolfe School to interact with other high school students,” she said.
Amanda Mills, 18, a senior at CATA, who helped organize the event from the school level, said the activity benefited both group of students.
“I don’t see this as impacting just the Wolfe students; it also positively impacts our students at CATA,” she said. “Our students actually have an opportunity to touch the lives of other children who may not be at the same level academically as they are. It’s a great opportunity for both groups to interact with each other.”
“It also gives them an opportunity to get out, get some exercise and enjoy this beautiful weather,” added Bree Thompson, 19, a senior at CATA.
Firefighters from the Monroe Fire Department brought fire trucks to the school as part of the day. “While the students are looking at the fire truck, firefighters take the opportunity to teach them about fire safety,” Parler said.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 09, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe