Skate party awards area youth for good grades

Published 8:22 pm Friday, May 29, 2015

Ayan Omer skates at the Selma Skating Rink as part of the Cahaba Mental Health Center’s skating gala.--Alaina Denean Deshazo

Ayan Omer skates at the Selma Skating Rink as part of the Cahaba Mental Health Center’s skating gala.–Alaina Denean Deshazo

The kids at the Cahaba Mental Health Center were awarded for their good grades and excellent behavior during the 2014-2015 school year Friday at the Selma Skating Rink. 

Kids from 6 to 18-years-old made their way to the skating rink to skate, play pool, eat and have fun, all while celebrating themselves.

“It’s to celebrate my achievements and honors for making honor roll this whole year and meeting new people,” said 17-year-old Nyra Mollette. “I worked hard [during the school year]. It was hard. It was a lot of work and a lot of pressure.”

But all of her hard work paid off when she got to hang out with friends, meet new ones and have a good time during the second annual skating gala.

“It’s always good to see new people,” Mollette said.“We’re skating; we’re playing pool; eating pizza and chicken.”

JoAnne Rowe, youth and family director with Cahaba Mental Health Center said Friday’s day of fun was important for the kids.

“They’re getting to come out and celebrate. They’re celebrating their success for doing great throughout the school year, making honor roll, having good behavior and being [a] success,” Rowe said.

“I think it’s very, very important [for the kids to be rewarded for their behavior]. It makes them feel important. It makes them feel like they are accomplishing something that they need to do to be a success later on in their lives. I think it’s good that they start now, so they will know that they have an opportunity to be whatever they want to be and to do whatever they want to do.”

Rowe said around 30 kids showed up at the skating rink to participate and she said they all seemed to have a good time.

“We’re having a wonderful time. The kids get out, they get a chance to come out and mingle with each other and get to know each other, so they’re having fun,” Rowe said. “All year long they’ve been working hard being focused on school trying to improve their behavior and doing thing they need to do to stay focused.”