Anti-Virus program shared with students

SALINEVILLE — Seventh- and eighth-graders at Southern Local Jr. High School are taking part in a special 10-week program designed to develop positive life character.

Assistant Principal Ron Sines leads the Anti-Virus program each Friday in Brett Hughes’s English class and about 140 students will address such topics as ambition, responsibility, common sense and generosity. Sines said it also gives him a chance to be more proactive with the pupils.

“It’s a different way for me to have contact with the students other than when they come to my office,” he said. “The program was offered to schools in Columbiana County after somebody donated money for them to be offered. I don’t know who it was, but I would like to say thank you.”

Anti-Virus was provided by Leader’s Edge, an organization that trains, equips and challenges leaders to leverage their influence to change the world through workplace leadership, personal development, team development, organizational leadership and youth development. The group promotes Anti-Virus program in Ohio middle schools to teach seven character principles to foster sound decision making.

“The program has been done in a variety of countries and I’ve just introduced it. It’s for students to get a better understanding of themselves and to stop and think before they make a decision that could affect them and their reputation.”

Sines noted that students will be surveyed at the conclusion to gather insight.


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