In addition to the GED honorees, nine inmates were recognized for completing Thinking for a Change, three for completing Getting Motivated to Change and ten for their work in behavioral health groups. (In some cases, inmates completed multiple programs.) These cognitive-behavioral curricula help inmates improve their decision-making and problem-solving skills and other programs enhance their behavioral health so that they are better prepared for their return to the community.
Teri Barnett, the Adult Education Coordinator for Alexandria City Public Schools, served as the guest speaker (right). She congratulated the honorees and encouraged them to keep working towards a better future. She gave them all images of “blank slates” along with a plan of how to change their lives by first changing their thinking. The inmates understood the significance of having a plan and the importance of changing their mindset so Ms. Barnett’s insight and remarks were greatly appreciated.
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne also congratulated the inmates, and Inmate Services and Mental Health and staff, including Krista Sofonia, Denise Costley, Julie Frye, Eileen McClung, Jessica Wenger, Beverly Randall and Lourdes San Pedro, and Katy Steinbruck of
Offender Aid & Restoration, presented certificates and encouraged the honorees to keep working hard.