United Way Honors Dr. John Martin
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 8:42PM

Dr. John Martin received a Presidential Citation from Carol Burdette, President of United Way of Anderson County. The citation was presented during a breakfast held at Cox Hall in Pendleton to give an update on the Women's Leadership Council of United Way teen pregnancy prevention program in Anderson School District 4. The citation presented to Dr. Martin read “In recognition of your dedicated care and concern as a physician, commitment to creating and sustaining a better quality of life for all, generous contributions to health and human service organizations and in your investment in the prevention of teen pregnancies in Anderson County.” Dr. Martin donated $5000 to United Way to support the teen pregnancy prevention program in School District 4. 

Approximately 50 people were on hand to hear about the benefits of having the program in the district.  Yolanda Lowe, the program coordinator for the district, read letters from students who participate in the program and how the program has benefited them.  “IMPACT! is a program that has really helped me lately. The first time I came into IMPACT! we talked about drawing the line was a way to respect ourselves. I started making boundaries”, one student wrote who was being bullied in school. Another wrote, “IMPACT! has really changed my perspective on sex and learning to say  ‘NO’. In middle school there is a lot of peer pressure and this class helps us avoid it. I look forward to coming to this class every Monday.” 

Delores Wardlaw, Asst Principal at Riverside Middle School stated, “IMPACT! is a resource for these kids to separate fact from fiction. This is not just about sex, “Draw the line, Respect the line.”

Currently only four kids have opted not to participate in the program in School District 4. This is the first year the program has run there. “We must teach our children today to make good choices and understand those choices” stated Dr. Lee D’Andrea, Superintendent of Anderson County School District 4.

To learn more about IMPACT! or the Women's Leadership Council of United Way call (864) 226-3438.

Article originally appeared on The Anderson Observer (http://andersonobserver.com/).
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