Where it all ends, where it all begins
Words for the 2017 Graduating Class
Well, the end is here! Graduation for Lead Polk 2017 marks the end of a 15 week journey. Throughout this process, we have learned many things. We have learned about industries in our county by site visits and touring farms and agriculture, the court systems, how to conduct successful meetings, the State Capitol, our new College and Career Academy and so much more.
I believe the main thing we learned was about each other. Each of us brought a unique personality to the group.
When I first made the decision to be a part of this group, I thought about a few things I had hoped to gain from it. First, I wanted to make more connections with people in our community. Working for the court system with children who are having some behavior issues, I felt it was necessary to get out in the community more so I can continue to advocate for these children. I also wanted to learn more about my county. A county I moved to when I was 7 years old and grew up in, work in, and continued to live in. I wanted to find out how to be more of a voice in what goes on in this county. I certainly learned these things and so much more.
I learned about 18 wonderful people who also have the same passions about our county. These people have strong beliefs in our county and the people in our county. These people really wanted the same things I did. But most of all what I got from this program was 18 new friends. I watched these personalities come to life week after week. I learned each of these people are just as passionate as I am about what they do and the people they serve. It was amazing to watch us week after week become more comfortable around each other, to joke with each other, to listen to each other, and to discover what we could do for each other. We challenged each other. We praised each other. One of us became a County Commissioner during this process. Even watching how supportive and proud we were of this person to pursue this position. Everyone was always so excited for each other in any accomplishment we made. There was no jealousy, no downgrading, no negativity. It was always positive. I looked forward every week to seeing my new friends.
Now that we are at a close, it is certainly bittersweet. Being in Lead Polk is time consuming, but one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
I feel I have learned a lot about Polk County and how I can continue to be involved to help it grow. I plan to be at more Commissioner’s meetings and school board meetings. I plan to continue to advocate for the youth in our county because they are our future.
This journey has been the best! I will miss seeing my friends, but I know we will be together again soon. If you ever get a chance to be a part of Lead Polk, I highly recommend it. If I had to guess, my new friends would agree!
Written by Angela Moore, a 2017 graduate of the LEAD Polk Class of 2017. Moore is a coordinator for the Defax Juvenile court and director of the CHINS program.
She is a member o the Cedartown Junior Service League and of the Cedartown Exchange Club.
If you would like more information on the upcoming 2018 LEAD Polk Class, either as a participant or sponsor, contact Missy Kendrick, President/CEO, Development Authority of Polk County at 770584-5234 or missyk[email protected]georgia.com.