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Alternative School Students get a dose of reality

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – On December 19th, 2011 marked the last day of school for students of the Greenwood Alternative School and the first dose of reality for some. The LEAP Organization facilitated the acclaimed Reality Check program that was sponsored by the Clarksville Montgomery County School System.

Volunteers were asked to sit behind a table that represented different aspects of life such as banks, car dealerships, day cares, college, clothing store, grocery store, and real estate offices.

Students from the Greenwood Alternative School experience the Reality Check program sponsored by the Clarksville Montgomery County School System.
Students from the Greenwood Alternative School experience the Reality Check program sponsored by the Clarksville Montgomery County School System.

The students were given a sheet of paper that had various scenarios on them such as being a single parent, high school dropout, married with 3 kids, etc. Based on number kids, level of education and other factors determined how much money the students started off with.

The objective was to have them go through this simulated version of life and be responsible for making sound decisions that enabled them to still have money after they have visited each booth.

“Our hope is that this dose of reality will give them a greater understanding and appreciation for what their parents go through as well as emphasis the importance of making responsible decisions early so that later on in life they can reap the benefits” commented Alternative School Principal David Turner.

Miller-Motte Technical College High School Presenter, Maria Scott was the guest speaker. She discussed matching their personality with a career, the do’s & dont’s of facebook, managing their time efficiently.

The LEAP Organization expressed its sincere appreciation for the many community volunteers and staff at the Alternative School for making this program possible. LEAP is extremely appreciative for Candy Johnson for bringing this wonderful program to Clarksville and making it all possible.

The next date for Reality Check to be facilitated is December 28th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Emmanuel Family Life Center located at 303 Fairview Lane. LEAP would like to extend an invitation to youth who have not had the opportunity to participate in the program to do so as well as volunteers who would like to be involved. For additional information please call 931.245.6922

Richard Garrett
Richard Garretthttp://leaporg.net/
City Councilman Richard "Reason" Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.
For more information on Richard visit www.reason4clarksville.com. He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email

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