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EDC President Jim Coleman Talks To Future Prince George's County Leaders At "Steps To Success" Luncheon

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman speaking to 6th graders from North Forestville Elementary School at the Steps to Success Luncheon)Lanham, MD, June 1, 2016 - Yesterday, EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman was among the influential guest speakers to congratulate the 70 North Forestville Elementary School 2016 'Steps to Success' Program participants at the La Fontaine Bleu Restaurant in Lanham, MD. 'Steps to Success' is a volunteer program that promotes good manners, socially acceptable behavior and etiquette to sixth graders at the North Forestville Elementary School to help them prepare for middle school and beyond. Mr. Coleman encouraged the youth to take time to decide what they want to do when they grow up, then position themselves for success.

"Sixth grade is not too early for you to figure out what you want to do in life. Any of you can be the next President of the United States. In fact, President Obama knew that he wanted to be the President when he was in the sixth grade, and he spent his high school and college career working towards that goal," said Coleman. "Believe me, to be successful you must do your homework, be responsible for your actions, go after what you want, make sure you stick close to people who are going somewhere in life, and don't marry a dummy. It will only bring you down."

For the last 16 years, the program's founder, Mrs. Delores Hawkins has presented her "Steps to Success" program to reinforce core values to help students embrace their self-importance while learning to become responsible citizens. The programs mission stresses self-respect and respect for others, as well as self-confidence and self-reliance.

"Good manners will take you farther than money," said Hawkins. "Our youth must learn how to promote kindness and to use their talents and gifts to encourage and inspire others. If you can train a lion or a bear to do what you want them to do, then certainly we must invest in raising and training our children. They weren't born for failure, each of them was born for greatness."

Other presenters at the luncheon included North Forestville Elementary School Principal Mrs. Falecia McMillian, State Senator Joanne C. Benson, Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Karen Mason, former North Forestville Elementary School Principal Dr. Wanda Grant, Dr. Michael Taylor from the Department of Energy, Rev. Dr. Johnsie Cogman, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., Mr. Lindsey Moore, Ms. Betty Griffin, retired U.S. Park Police, Attorney Bradley Farrar, Law Offices of Shipley and Horne, and Donnee Gray, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.