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9th grade students get directed in maze of life

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"It's a way to allow the students to learn about choices in a safe situation," said Lillie McEntrye, Tift County Commission of Youth and Children. (Source: WALB) "It's a way to allow the students to learn about choices in a safe situation," said Lillie McEntrye, Tift County Commission of Youth and Children. (Source: WALB)
"They are seeing and getting factual information on STD's, the stages of pregnancy and how that effects both your body and economic life," said Sandy Donovan, Tift Regional Health Systems.  (Source: WALB) "They are seeing and getting factual information on STD's, the stages of pregnancy and how that effects both your body and economic life," said Sandy Donovan, Tift Regional Health Systems.  (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Every day, young people make important choices that can affect their lives for years to come.  

That's why organizers want to take 9th graders through the Get A Life Teen Maze at the start of their high school career.

An interactive life simulation where students are shown positive and negative consequences.

"It's a way to allow the students to learn about choices in a safe situation," said Lillie McEntrye, Tift County Commission of Youth and Children. 

Students at Tift County High School's Northeast Campus are selecting real life situations that could greatly impact their lives.

The exhibit is put on by The Commission for Youth and Children and Tift Regional Medical Center.

Choices are given to students by drawing or spinning a wheel. 

"They are seeing and getting factual information on STD's, the stages of pregnancy and how that effects both your body and economic life," said Sandy Donovan, Tift Regional Health Systems. 

Some can lead to being peer pressured or being arrested. 

Some can lead to diseases and paying a visit to the health care clinic

It's a representation of pregnancy, the cost of raising a child and being responsible.

Organizers think this activity has helped lower the early pregnancy rate.

It has been lowered by more than 20% in the last 5 years. 

"By lowering these rates, its increased graduation rates but helped with literacy and healthcare," said Donovan.

Good decisions can help them cross the stage at graduation and be rewarded.

All paths lead to the funeral home at the end of life. 

Organizers are not doing this to scare kids but to show them the importance of making responsible decisions and how to get through the maze of life.

"This gives them an opportunity to see that life and choices are real," said McEntrye.

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