"Choice Bus" Visits Valdosta Schools

By: Joe Hellriegel Email
By: Joe Hellriegel Email

Students at the Valdosta Early College Academy are getting on a school bus. Not to go home, but to learn to make the right choices. It's called the "Choice Bus."

"The experience on the bus was very inspirational in showing how when you do drop out, how your actions can affect your whole life," said seventh grader Antrez Miller.

The Choice Bus travels across the country, giving presentations to students on how making bad decisions can lead them down the wrong path, even to jail.

"Any choice you make can be affected in any type of way," said seventh grader Laneigh Alford. "Good choices will be affected in a good way, and bad choices will be affected in a bad way," said Alford.

"The Choice Is Yours," an effective slogan, which organizers say hopefully resonates with each student they visit.

"This is our future, I think we have to give them hope, we have to empower them to let them know that there is something greater," said Choice Bus Presenter John Paul Taylor.

The program, brought to Valdosta by State Farm, Valdosta City Schools and the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, encourages students to stay in school to be able to make more money when they get older, and have a better life.

"Still, if you do get an education and if you are the best student in class, it doesn't matter what choice you make it still is going to have an effect in your life and how things work out in your life," said Miller.

The "Choice Bus" will be at Lowndes Middle School on Friday.

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