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Kids given the red carpet treatment at mentoring banquet

Student Travion Barnett is escorted down a red carpet during an annual banquet for the Safe Schools-Healthy Students mentoring program. Student Travion Barnett is escorted down a red carpet during an annual banquet for the Safe Schools-Healthy Students mentoring program.
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Some underprivileged children in Jones County got the "star" treatment Saturday afternoon at a banquet that was just for them and the mentors who help them after school.

An annual Encouragement Banquet at South Central Place was hosted by the Safe Schools-Healthy Students mentoring program.

More than three dozen youngsters from Laurel schools who are in the program were escorted down a red carpet and treated to an afternoon dinner. Words of encouragement were then given to both students and mentors.

"We work with them on character, etiquette, leadership skills, we even teach them leadership skills," said Johnnice Ulmer, mentor coordinator for the program. 

"This program helps me with my grades and the people that are here are helpful," said Travion Barnett, a 5th grade student in the program.

During the event, one mentor, Melicia Shaw Cooper, was named Mentor of the Year.

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