Students receive encouragement

Leslie D. Rose @DvilleNewsie

     As part of the grand opening celebration of Children's International Medical Group (CIMG) on May 4, Claudette King - daughter of legendary blues singer, the late B.B. King - spoke to Donaldsonville High School students about education, music and chronic illness.

     King, the youngest of 15 children, began her involvement with CIMG when she was searching for blues festivals. Incidentally, CIMG was listed as such. However, after finding out she had been misled, King rather formed a relationship with the medical group, and has been traveling to speak with students in areas where CIMG clinics are located.

     In accordance with her talk, King asked if any students had talents they wanted to share. She explained that she meant more than singing when she referenced talent. She further spoke to the degrees at which one can be talented and what one should do to elaborate on his or her abilities. One student was even allotted time to display his rap skills.

     "Education is very important," she said. "When I told my dad I wanted to be just like him, he told me to go to school first."

     While her time with DHS students was brief, she seemed to have made a huge impact on them, especially being in the last month of school before graduation and summer vacation. She later made an appearance at CIMG in Donaldsonville, and shortly after, served as a judge for the company's Gospel Competition, held at Liberty Christian Community Fellowship Church in Sorrento.