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Only all boys school in Broward County is set to have a mock trial in the new Broward county court
By: Piney Grove Boys Academy
This opportunity survives many purposes. The first is teaching the students a lesson in dedication and commitment. Each student must sacrifice 2 days a week after school to study the case files and meet with his team and coach to prepare for the trial. The students learn how to work cooperatively, how to sort through the evidence, and how to argue a point with facts. In addition, the students learn how to support one another and how to speak in front of large crowds. The skills that are being learned now will develop their character and give them the border view of the world around them. We may be inspiring the next Thurgood Marshall or Johnny Cochran just by asking a student to be part of the team.
Piney Grove is an inner city school offering a Private Prep Education for a minimal fee. Students enrolled in Piney Grove Boys Academy are students from the Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Tamarac, and Sunrise Communities. Most of these students are from single-family homes with hopes and dreams of making it big one day. The school does its best to expose the students to different careers and opportunities such as this mock trial experience.
Based on Principal Alton Bolden's observations he stated, "A lot of my students have friends and family members that have been on the wrong side of the law or have seen an abundance of injustice but with this program we are giving them a voice and an opportunity to change the narrative on their life story." "We want every student to know that they don't have to sell drugs, rap, or be an athlete to be successful, all they have to do is study and be disciplined enough to stay focused and good things will follow."
The mock trial is one of the 13 pillars that his students go through every year in order to complete the Rites of Passage. The Rites of Passage is something Piney Grove has done over the past 4 years which helps students get the mental nurturing they need to become successful men. There are several programs for girls to get advice and guidance but not enough geared towards boys. The Rites of Passage at Piney Grove includes African American History, Economics, Politics, Family Responsibility, Career Development, Spirituality, Community Involvement, Physical Development, Home Care, Auto Care, Women Rights, and Sex Education.
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Principal Alton Bolden
Piney Grove Boys Academy