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Colleton County Youth Retreat Program

By Cokeitha Gaddist

Youth from Colleton County Middle School and Colleton County High School came together recently via the Colleton County School District’s annual Youth Retreat.
Students from both schools participated in educational and informational breakout sessions, and members of the community from various professions and businesses all volunteered as speakers.
Jashon Clayton, a Cougar Mentor and student at Colleton County High School, then gave the welcome to the group. Then, Dr. Juliet White, assistant superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, provided the group with the purpose and the reason why they were all present in the room.
Encouraging words were provided by Mr. Cliff Warren, assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and by Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland.
Community professionals who spoke to the students include: Sheila Ellis, Clinique Beauty consultant; Jane Brewer, associate dean at USC-Salkehatchie; Jamey Litchfield, administrative assistant at the Veteran Affairs Office; and

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Shiela Keaise and Vicki Brown, both from the Colleton County Library, discussed activities at the Library including the upcoming Summer Programs and fun events. Teachers from the school district also spoke on the importance of educational goals.
After lunch, and after the final breakout session, the students came back together in the boardroom to hear the keynote speaker – Captain Shane Roberts from the Colleton County Sherriff’s Office. Robert’s speech focused on Social Media and how that plays avital part in each students’future.
Dr. Cordelia Jenkins, Director of Student Services gave the closing remarks. Jenkins thanked the presenters, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers for “Preparing Every Child Today For Tomorrow,” which was the theme of the Youth Retreat. Jenkins encouraged students to take advantage of the lessons and knowledge they learned at the retreat to help them accomplish their goals.