Participants in the Life Skills completion ceremony included left to right, Victoria Springer and Brittney Bunch, Saks Middle School sixth-graders; and Briana Morrow, JSU student of Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Special to The Star
Family Links hosted a Life Skills completion ceremony for Saks Middle School sixth-graders May 8 at the school cafeteria. The students were involved in a research-based curriculum this year that promotes health and personal development in an effort to help kids make healthy choices so they can grow to be successful. The students were honored with a certificate of completion, refreshments that were donated and served by the JSU Social Work Club, and the highlight of the ceremony was guest speaker and Jacksonville State University student, Briana Morrow of Nashville. Morrow is a freshman majoring in business and plays post for the JSU women's basketball team and also volunteers her time serving as a Tobacco-Free Gamecock spokesman. Morrow spoke to the kids about why she is tobacco-free, why she believes it's important to work toward smoke-free communities, and how our life choices shape our future. Morrow signed autographs and each child was able to take a signed poster home. The students presented Morrow with a small token of their appreciation for coming to speak to them; a Saks Middle School tee-shirt. The students hoped she would wear the shirt and remember them since they look up to this very talented and local athlete.