NORCROSS — Instead of sitting on the couch playing video games during a rainy Saturday morning, more than 200 students from Summerour Middle School woke up bright and early for the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute’s “I Know & I Do Safety” program at the school.
The safety event was held after Summerour’s Success Saturdays program, which give students a chance to get help with academics.
“We decided to do the safety event at our school because we know the importance of giving that education to our students,” said Jason Isaacs, director of Success Saturdays. “With how the world is and how our communities are, we need to make sure our students have a leg up in understanding the issues that our communities face.”
Out of the 230 students who arrived for the Success Saturdays, 205 stayed to learn more about bullying, cyber bullying, peer pressure, self image, how to deal with emotions and interact with others.
There were several guest speakers for the middle-schoolers, including local songwriter Micah Brown of The E.P.I.C. Generation and Sen. Curt Thompson.
“(Sen. Thompson) talked about the future,” Isaacs said. “Even though (the students) aren’t able to vote, they should have their voices heard through their parents. Their parents can speak for them and change can happen.”
As for Brown, he talked more about different career paths, including the music industry.
“The students seem to enjoy the later part when musicians came out to talk about other career paths,” Isaacs said. “College is the goal, but sometimes there are other careers that college isn’t in the career path. There are technical careers as well.”
The i.K.i.D.S. project began as a collaboration effort with GNLI Team Transformers, lead by their coach, Felicia Johnson, a Norcross resident and alumni of GNLI, and the leadership team at Summerour.