By Janet Hrezo, Brevard Center academic tutor
Parent Weekend at the Brevard Center took place on October 9th and 10th. The Friday program opened with a welcome and update by Joan Williamson, Program Director. Of particular interest was the information about our new Wellness Program, additions to the Careers Program, and an explanation of how goals introduced in the new Bookends Program would be promoted by the Residential staff.
Moultrie W., new Student Senate President, then introduced the recently elected members: Ben K., Vice President, Peter S., Treasurer, and Jay M., Secretary. Travis McArthur, Residential Coordinator, followed with a great presentation on the up-coming trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2010.
After a delicious lunch, the afternoon was filled with guest speakers. 3 of our current students, Sam Kirby, Ben K., and Moultrie W., spoke eloquently about the differences they can see in themselves since coming to CIP. Sam pointed out that he now knows that he can do many things he never thought possible and has made great progress in being able to accept assistance from others. Ben also spoke about having more self-confidence and the many positive changes he has experienced in his life after 2 semesters at CIP. Moultrie described how a life he saw as having “no brakes” has become one that is more self-disciplined and credited the students, parents, and CIP staff with helping him to make that happen.
The student speakers were followed by Dr. Michael McManmon who reminded students that self-esteem is built on “the little actions we learn” and their application in everyday life and how a shift in attitude also can make a difference in reaching success. He made an especially pertinent point, particularly to students, in telling them to learn to forgive themselves for mistakes and to learn from them and go on.
Dr. McManmon, CIP’s founder, talked about his own experiences and told the audience how “balance is a really important point to come to” in order to be happy in all aspects of one’s life.
“If you’re doing the right things for yourself here,” he said, “then you’re going to get where you want to go.”
After the program ended, a wine and cheese party was held for parents and staff. It was a great way to wind down after a busy day. Saturday began with workshops to keep parents updated on the current curriculum. This was followed by the 4th Annual CIP Family Bowling Tournament. Congratulations to Peter S., student winner, and David Graham, parent winner.
Thanks to everyone for making Parent Weekend 2009 such a great success!
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