For 15 years, Extended Family has been helping children of prisoners and their families. Now they want to celebrate – and the community is invited.
Extended Family’s 15th Annual Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 3, 6 – 8 p.m, CST, in the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 801 Cedar Bluff Road, in Centre. This free event is open to the public. The Celebration includes a complimentary dinner and a keynote by Bill W. Hopkins, Jr., Superintendent, Morgan County Schools.
Mr. Hopkins is an inspirational, real-life success story. Mr. Hopkins comes from a broken home, filled with abuse, and drugs. He has spent his entire career trying to give back and serve the people and children of Morgan County. He has a passion for leadership and believes all children can become leaders if just given the chance and opportunity. Mr. Hopkins comes with a very unique and optimistic perspective due to his less than ideal upbringing.
Presently Mr. Hopkins serves on the boards for Athens State University Foundation, Decatur Morgan County Tourism, Morgan County System of Services, Morgan County Schools Foundation, Round Top Community Church, served on the United Way board, and is a member of the class of 28 Leadership Alabama. He not only is an advocate for Morgan County Schools but for all of Morgan County.
Mr. Hopkins has been a teacher, coach, administrator, superintendent, and community volunteer. Mr. Hopkins is presently serving his second term as the Superintendent of Morgan County Schools. He is married to Shannon, and they have two children, Weston and Emma. They have one granddaughter, Emory.
“I have only heard a brief part of Mr. Hopkins story, and that part made me see how we can all rise above our circumstances,” said Laure Clemons, Extended Family Executive Director. “We look forward to bringing Mr. Hopkins and his message of hope to the Extended Family Celebration.”
Extended Family started in Centre in November 2001. In 2007, Clemons created the Extended Family for Kids curriculum, which has been distributed in 18 states. Since 2014, Extended Family for Kids programs have been in every school in Cherokee County.
“The issue of incarceration impacts so many areas of our society today,” Clemons said. “This is not just a prison issue anymore. There are children and families impacted, and we can give those families tools to be successful on the outside while their loved ones are being rehabilitated on the inside. That is what Extended Family is all about – providing tools for adults and children to use to make better choices and lead positive, healthy, joyful lives, regardless of their circumstances.”
To RSVP for the Extended Family Annual Celebration call 256-927-3038 or e-mail Cyndi@extendedfamilyhelp.org.