Proverbs Class teaches respect, self-improvement, success | Local News

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Respect, self-improvement and achievement were part of the lesson plan as 18 students from the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont took part in the proverbs course taught by Dr. Charles Patton this summer.

“We have a bond that forms through the classroom that allows kids to be kids, but let them know what the expectations are going forward,” Patton said.

Patton joined young members who attended the club’s multi-week program at Trinity Episcopal Church on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the program as well as their individual growth over the summer.

Patton, who created the course, said it was important to teach young people good character from an early age through lessons from the 31 chapters of the Bible’s book of Proverbs.

Featured speaker, Statesville Councilman and businessman Steve Johnson shared his own testimony of his Christian faith, explaining that success means little to him without having a greater calling in his life.

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Johnson said he had a young practitioner who helped build his moral foundation in college and his early years in business. But he admitted he did not seek salvation upon becoming an adult, leaving a void.

“I made it, but I had no hope,” Johnson said.

He said that while returning from a business trip, he had a moment of clarity that led him to ask God for forgiveness, which gave him that hope that was missing in his life.

Johnson said it’s important to do what you do successfully and do it for the glory of Christ and emphasized following biblical principles to live a happy and fulfilling life.

He also provided a pizza lunch for the Boys and Girls Club students, and the lunch ended with an awards ceremony that recognized the students’ growth within the Proverbs class.

Patton said he hopes to see the program grow locally and beyond. All proceeds from the program will be donated to local non-profit organizations because of the influence they can have on children’s success.

“We can’t do enough for them,” Patton said.

For information, visit proverbsclass.com

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