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For the second year, Leeds High School students will start up on Wednesdays, thanks to a local organization. The “S.H.A.P.E. the Greenwave Program” is an umbrella program of the Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The Links is a not-for-profit organization “committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.”


Each module of the program corresponds with S.H.A.P.E.: Socially, students will become socially aware of and meet challenges of a complex global society; Habitually, students will develop a practice of academic excellence; Artistically, students will develop an awareness of the various forms of arts; Physically, students will be educated on causes and effects of obesity and become more active; and Economically, students will be able to adapt in society by applying the terms of budgeting, banking, credit, savings and investments.


“I remember the dating seminar,” stated one teen. Another added, “I like the one on saving money.” A young lady energetically shared, “My favorite was African Dance.” That’s when you know you are making a difference—when adolescents believe the work you do has impacted their lives. The current tenth graders at Leeds High School believe that S.H.A.P.E. makes a difference, and that is why they have chosen to remain in the program.


Two groups of students will meet each week at Leeds High School. Students in ninth grade will focus on various topics of the S.H.A.P.E. program. Returning tenth graders will benefit from the partnership between the Tri-County (AL) Chapter and UAB ArtPlay for six weeks with theatre expert Alicia Johnson. All participating students will take part in field trips and learn from experts in the field related to weekly topics. In partnership with UAB ArtPlay, the organization will sponsor a fieldtrip to the Alys Stephens Center on February 13, 2012, entitled “Meet the Artist: Our Journey Through Song.”


SHAPE is a program created by the Tri-County (AL) Chapter to promote well-rounded growth in students. President Samuetta Drew states, “I believe in the old adage ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ and we enjoy doing our part in our tri-county village and beyond.”



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