G.W. Long launches new pilot program in Alabama

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SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — G.W. Long High School in Skipperville is home to the Rebels, but now, it’s also home to a new pilot program in the state.

Thursday morning, the school launched “My Right Thing,” a character-building program which focuses on teaching students the importance of demonstrating positive characteristics that, in turn, will help them realize the impact a person can have on their community. It also focuses on encouraging others.

“When I started this whole thing, I wanted to encourage people to do the right thing and recognize people who did so that’s kind of the goal here,” founder Brooks Brown said. “We want to have these kids have a connection to their school so every month, we want to teach them a new positive characteristic that’s going to help them in their personal and professional lives, and then throughout the month, we’re going to recognize students for doing those things because I’m a strong believer in reinforcing the things you want to see in the world.”

A couple of the students have already been initiated to some of the classes and explain some of the things they have already learned.

“It will be easier to get a job quicker if you do these things like dress up nice and make yourself look good,” senior Chris Dorrill said.

Some of the other things students will learn through the program are how to resolve conflict, mock job interviews and focus on giving back to the community by volunteering,

“We’re very excited we’re starting this program at G.W. Long,” resource teacher Diana McCraney said. “I think it’s going to benefit not only our students but also our faculty and our community and so our whole goal for this is to not only reach the students here at Long, but for this club to be implemented in other schools.”

In addition, “My Right Thing” participants will create a monthly newsletter where students will be recognized when they exhibit positive traits.

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