Northside and Central middle school seventh- and eighth-grade students received a visit Jan. 19 from Grammy award-winning artists Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis during an event that focused on the district’s Positive Behavior Instructional Supports program.

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The event in the auditorium at Columbus North High School focused on digital responsibility, building trust and confidence and defining empowerment, school officials said. Gaddis is the daughter of Columbus East High School football coach Bob Gaddis.

Workshops also were conducted for students, which included a session with Alisha Gaddis focusing on girls empowerment, while the RAAM biking team also conducted a separate workshop for boys at Northside. The biking team discussed topics such as building confidence, teamwork, goal setting and maintaining a positive attitude while overcoming adversity.

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