Kids celebrate completion of Voyages program

Another "voyage" is over at Harrison Primary Center.

On Friday, some local students celebrated their completion of an annual summer program for kids who are at-risk in school.

The voyages program began 17 years ago and is designed to teach African-American boys the importance of education, a positive attitude and good behavior.

For the past four weeks, the two dozen children participating this year have learned key skills they need to find success in all aspects of their lives.

As the program wrapped up Friday, the kids were given some inspiration by a special guest speaker. Carl Carr, a member of one of the very first voyages classes, has gone on to graduate from Washington High School and join the navy.

“I saw a lot of potential,” said Carr. “They were looking at me, they were listening to my story, they were like, 'wow this guy was in the voyages program 15 years ago, and he's done these things with his life today.' I hope that I can just inspire them to follow along - maybe not even the military footsteps but just follow along in success in life.”

Today the participant who showed the most overall improvement was presented with a brand new bike, and the student who increased his reading and comprehension level the most received a kindle.

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