LEBANON, Missouri- LHS Educator and Positive Choices sponsor Eric Adams,  posted the following transcript of his address delivered at the  Positive Choices Legacy Mural Dedication on September 9th at the high school:

“Welcome to the Positive Choices Legacy Mural Dedication. This  has been the Mt. Everest of Summer School Projects. This has been the most challenging and rewarding project that I’ve had the privilege to watch my students complete. My name is Eric Adams, I am the sponsor of Lebanon-Positive Choices and an LHS teacher.

We would like to thank our special guests in attendance: R-3 Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz and R-3 Communications Director Jacy Overstreet.

Tonight is about a celebrating the hard work and dedication of students who are making a difference in their school and community. This ceremony culminates a summer school art class featuring professional clay artist Mary Gainey. Under her direction, more than 1,000 tiles were hand made, textured, glazed and fired. Thanks to Ms. Gainey’s generous time and dedication we were able to overcome the high school broken kiln halfway through the project.

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This project was made possible thanks to a $5,000 drug-education grant awarded to Lebanon-Positive Choices from ACTMO. Positive Choices – Lebanon is a student organization at Lebanon High School dedicated to promoting positive choices and reducing risky behaviors. These talented student leaders create posters, videos and organize assemblies. We are a SADD chapter and a registered Missouri Community Coalition with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

I would also like to thank sponsors: L&R Specialties, Cornerstone Pizza and Subs, Lowe’s and SADD. This project would not have been possible without the support of LHS art teachers Elizabeth Barker and Shelley Oursbourn, and administrators Kevin Lowery, Bob Matthews and Rick Talbott. Each week during summer school community members shared their living testimony about overcoming challenges. Speakers included: LHS graduates Chad Luthy and David Millsap along with Celebrate Recovery leaders Jeremy Roy and Mindy Hutson.

My hope is that when students, staff and community members look upon this mural that they will think of the Positive Choices it took to make this lasting mark. My hope is that this will be a true legacy.

Following the ceremony is LHS’s home football game vs. Glendale. After the game Positive Choices will be hosting a 5th-quarter event. This will be a safe and fun place to hang out after the game.”