Youth Advocate, Publisher Challenges Fifth-Graders To Make Good Choices

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From the Times and Democrat

February 22, 2014 12:00 pm  •  By DIONNE GLEATON, T&D Staff Writer

Nearly 1,300 fifth-graders were recently offered some nuggets, but not of the chicken variety. These nuggets were given to inspire them to improve their character to become better people.

The fifth-graders converged at Claflin University’s Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center for the Orangeburg County Community of Character Initiative’s 12th annual Outstanding Character Recognition Program on Jan. 24.

A student from each of the county’s 17 elementary schools was honored for their winning essay on a character trait. The fifth-graders also received an inspiring message on character development from Al Duncan, president and chief executive officer of Decatur, Ga.-based Al Duncan Enterprises LLC. The mission of ADE is to help young people build a competitive advantage by providing evidence-based soft skills training to youth service organizations and institutions.

Duncan, an award-winning youth advocate, publisher and motivational speaker, said he offered the audience his own “Duncan Nuggets” on a few topics, including...

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