"Right Choices" event provides free resources for Aiken Co. parents and students

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News 12 This Morning/Friday March 14, 2014

AIKEN CO., S.C. (WRDW)--"Sometimes parents feel, especially as their child is coming into middle school, like 'okay, I'm faltering with this. I don't know where to turn to. My child is changing. My child is growing up,'" explained Latrece Quattlebaum, an instructional coach at Schofield Middle School.

Which is why the Aiken County Public School system is hosting Right Choices, Right Track, Bright Future for 5th through 8th grade students and their families.

"Really, that title just encompasses what we're trying to do," she said. "We're trying to give experiences, opportunities for parents and students to come work with different agencies, hear key not speakers and get the information so that they make the right choices, get on that right track for that bright future."

Hosted at Schofield Middle School, Quattlebaum tells me it's a chance for families to get face to face time with local agencies, teachers and district officials "so that parents and students understand, they're not alone in this process of being educated," she explained.

So, on a Saturday morning the grounds and hallways will be filled with parents and students coming to get their free resources.

And, Quattlebaum tells me the topics that are going to be discussed are ones that students in this age group need help with.

"We have speakers from our local Walgreens to give information about the dangers of over the counter drugs," she said.

Other topics include social networking safety, learning how individualized education plans work and preparing for the future now.

And Quattlebaum says families tell her the information is priceless.

"I got to hear those positive experiences when parents came last year on their way out and then the students were like 'thanks for having us' on a Saturday! So you know the events had to be meaningful," she said.

The event is free for parents and students in Aiken County on Saturday, March 15 at Schofield Middle School starting at 9:30 am.

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