Chipman Summer School Students Learn How to Reach for Greatness

June 22, 2016 – Approximately 500 BCSD students attending summer school at Chipman Junior High learned about strategies to help them make smart choices in their lives during an assembly held on June 16. The event was held in partnership with the Reach 4 Greatness Mentoring Program of the organization Stay Focused Ministries.

“We all know that middle school age is a very influential time for our students, so we want to make sure to give them the tools to succeed and make the right choices by staying away from negative things such as gangs, alcohol, and drugs, said Aimee Luter, Summer School Principal at Chipman.

The students attending summer school come from different schools across the District. This event helps them learn how to socialize and do team work, provides them encouragement to study, and teaches them to set goals and set a plan to achieve them.

“If their dreams and goals do not scare them, it’s because those dreams and goals are not big enough. Their vision must be bigger than their excuses,” said Manuel Carrizales, Executive Director of Stay Focused Ministries, who spoke during the event.

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The students attending summer school come from different schools across the District. Many of those students are attending middle school for first time.

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Dance contest.

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Team building games.

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Manuel Carrizales, Executive Director of Stay Focused Ministries, motivating the students to “Reach 4 Greatness.”

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