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More students sought for Rockdale athletic aide program

COVINGTON -- Students interested in being an athletic aide next school year are invited to a meeting next week.

An informational meeting for the Student Athletic Aide Program is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the auditorium at the Rockdale Career Academy, which is located at 1064 Culpepper Drive, off Parker Road, in Conyers.

Rising seventh- through 12th-grade students are invited to attend with their parents.

"The meeting will be very informal, providing opportunities for parents and students to ask questions and have an opportunity to meet with students involved in the program for the previous year," said Kechia Seabrooks Rowles, RCPS athletic coordinator and athletic trainer.

The program is in its seventh year. "Students and parents are encouraged to attend so they can answer questions and see how the program may benefit their children in choosing a profession and pursing their future goals. Parents will also get a better understanding of the goals and expectations of students who participate in the program."

This year, five seniors will graduate from the program, and 17 students in eighth through 11th grades will return next school year, Rowles said.

The program is designed for students who have worked with athletic teams in the past or students who are interested in working with them in the future. In the program, students will be educated about athletic programs and helped to develop skills needed to assist.

Students who enter the program will work with middle or high school sports teams to assist with minor injuries that occur during practices and games.

Six alumni of the program are in athletic training/exercise science programs in college, Rowles said.

To be in the program, the middle and high school students must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students also must complete a registration packet with a recommendation from a teacher, coach or school administrator and must attend a beginner camp this summer, which will run from June 10 through 13.

The cost of the camp is $125 and includes a student athletic aide polo shirt, a medical kit and supplies, CPR and first aid certifications and a reference binder.