Students from the Catoosa Performance Learning Center were able to go the CCA-Silverdale Prison for a Prison Prevention field trip. Site coordinator, Julie Thompson Bass organized the trip, and she and the students had an informative visit about what life is like in prison, and why they need to stay on the path to graduation. Students that stay in school and graduate are far less likely to end up in prison.
Caitlyn, school counselor, has seen the impact our Prevention program has on her students. She says..."magic happens...just because they make poor choices doesn't mean they are bad people. What I love about Prevention staff is that they come early, they get to the heart of the student and the issue, and they address that issue before it's too late. Through relationships, accountability, genuine care and positive regard, they show the kids there is a different way. I'm thankful for Gretrell and his team because I know my students will be forever changed."
Destiny, a student that was on drugs and in a gang, says, " my life was changed through the prison field trip. Hearing the inmates tell their stories and what led them to prison helped a lot! I don't want that for my future."
" I have anger issues but the trip helped ... I’m not fighting as much. One of the ladies in the dorm talked about fighting and how it can lead to incarceration. Since then I have been doing much better and am trying to control my anger."
"God planned for some of those inmates to go to jail so they can feel the love of God in their lives. Looking back at this event in my life, I will thankfully know that God can reach people everywhere in every situation."