County youth inspired by Chamber’s Great Expectations
Posted 05 - 24 - 2008
Pictured from left are Great Expectations program volunteers Jill Still, Corey Ashley, Kim Luna Snyder, John Boyette and Jo Spurlin.
Photo by Bruce R. Partain.

Great Expectations volunteers were recognized at a Nacogdoches County Chamber Board Meeting for their work during the 2007-08 program year.

Chamber Director Jill Still said that 16 program presenters who hold positions of leadership in the community visited all county schools’ eighth grade students including students at N.I.S.D. The volunteer speakers delivered the Great Expectations 60-minute presentation that encourages students to be N.O.B.L.E. scholars during the ninth through twelfth grade years.

The current Great Expectations program presenters are Charlotte Ashcraft , Corey Ashley, John Boyette, Mary Bradford, Jason Dorman, Michael Goode, Kathy Joslyn, Aron Kulhavy, Patrick Lanmon, Gregg Nichols, Rusty Rust, Chris Sidnell, Kim Luna Snyder, Roby Somerford, Frank Still and Tony Weir. Other program volunteers include Heather Conner, recruiting intern for Etech.

“Ms. Conner was responsible for revising the Power Point presentation using the theme of ‘Survivor’ which students and presenters better related to,” said Gary Lee Ashcraft, Great Expectations program chairman. “The idea of the presentation is to give the student a realistic, real world look at increased income expectations should they choose a college directed curriculum.

“During this last year of middle school, kids are naturally thinking ahead to what they’ll be doing in their high school years,” Ashcraft said. “We want to challenge them to think even further ahead to their adult years, because the decisions they make during high school will affect their future achievements. Great Expectations outlines real life facts such as what it costs to own a home and car and other things we all want as adults. Then the Chamber volunteers that present the program explain what students can do now with their education choices to afford that quality of life."
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