Middle-schoolers turning heads with tobacco project

From Staff Reports

Fourteen local students recently got the chance to take their education to the highest levels of national government.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is surrounded by students, teachers and administrators from Eagle’s Landing Middle School and Henry County Schools. Special photo

The group, from Eagle’s Landing Middle School, met with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in Atlanta, to discuss their projects on the dangers of tobacco use.

Seventh-grader Payton Gilliam reflected on the experience by extolling the virtues of such educational pursuits.

“Project-based service learning should be used anywhere, anytime,” said Gilliam.

Yolanda Reid, a teacher at the school, has worked to introduce the students, ages 11 to 14, to project-based service learning in science, research, medicine, and healthy living. She expressed her gratitude for the students’ opportunity to share their findings with Murthy and apply what they’ve learned.

“Our students are truly on the path of career readiness and continue to develop into leaders who are ready to take on the world,” said Reid.

The students’ Principal, Earlene Crump, also voiced pride in what the students have accomplished.

“Our students have shown great strength, knowledge, and promise as they’ve explored the impact of healthy living on their lives and the lives of others,” said Crump. “With pride, dignity, and professionalism, our students have experienced an opportunity of a lifetime.”

The students presented a plaque and gift basket of Georgia favorites to mark General Murthy’s trip to the area.

For more information on Henry County Schools, please visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.