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    Avenue d boys’ choir
    Avenue D Girls’ Choir




    CODE OF CONDUCT
                    1806 South 33rd Street
                    Fort Pierce, FL 34954
                             February, 2011




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                      In Loving Memory 

             Dr. Bernadine Denning August 1930 – January 2011
      Dedicated and Loyal Volunteer with the Avenue D Boys’ Choir, including:
    Philanthropist, Financial Supporter, Clerk, Advisor, Instrumental in sponsoring
                               the Boys Choir to Detroit




                         Mrs. Debbie Riggs 1954 – 2010
      Dedicated and Loyal Volunteer with the Avenue D Boys’ Choir, including:
                  Website Designer, Photographer, Videographer




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      AVENUE D BOYS’ CHOIR
      AVENUE D GIRLS’ CHOIR
             FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA




            BOARD OF DIRECTORS

         Dr. Earl W. Hendricks, President/Chair
    Mrs. Mary S. Hendricks, Vice President/Vice-Chair
         Mrs. Brenda Reed, Secretary/Treasurer
                 Mr. Richard Geisinger
              Mr. Michael Fowler, Attorney




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            I BELIEVE

I BELIEVE I can be a good student and
   citizen.

I BELIEVE I can achieve great things in
   my life.

I BELIEVE if I work hard I will succeed.

Therefore, I will work hard each day to
  do my best, and I will allow nothing
  or no one to hinder my success.




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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY

Each parent/guardian of a choir member and each choir member of the Avenue D Boys’ Choir
and/or Avenue D Girls’ Choir must sign and return this page to the Avenue D Choirs’
administration office to acknowledge receipt of the Code of Conduct.

If the choir member is over the age of 18 a parent/guardian signature is not needed. The choir
member over the age of 18 must sign and return this page to the Avenue D Choir’s administration
office to acknowledge receipt of the Code of Conduct.


I acknowledge receipt of the Code of Conduct and I have read and discussed it with my
child.



____________________________________________                     ________________________
Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature                                    Date



I acknowledge receipt of the Code of Conduct and I have read and discussed it with my
parent/guardian.



____________________________________________                     ________________________
Choir Member’s Signature                                         Date




I am 18 years or older, I acknowledge receipt of the Code of Conduct and I have read it.



____________________________________________                     ________________________
Choir Member’s Signature                                          Date



     RETURN WITHIN ONE WEEK OF RECEIPT OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT




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INTRODUCTION
    ince the Avenue D Boys’ Choir inception, March 2004, Dr. Earl W. Hendricks and his wife, Mary S.
S   Hendricks, have worked relentlessly, offering St. Lucie County (Florida) boys an alternative to gangs,
violence, and being yet another drop-out statistic. The Hendricks’ are the Co-Founders and Co-Executive
Directors of the renowned Avenue D Boys’ Choir, a multi-cultural, faith-based, 501 (c)(3) non-profit
organization, devoted to transforming young troubled boys into successful young men.

The success of the Avenue D Boys’ Choir led to the formation of the Avenue D Girls’ Choir in May 2009.
Participation in both Choirs requires not only school enrollment, but attendance and good behavior. The
families and the schools are aware of these requirements, and open communication is not only encouraged,
but actively sought, so that any issues can be addressed. Choir members are required to bring their report
cards for review.

The primary objective of the Avenue D Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs (Avenue D Choirs) is to enhance each
member’s potential for leadership and growth and to foster interpersonal relationships. Avenue D Choirs
takes a proactive approach against school dropout rates, gang and drug involvement and juvenile
delinquency. Through music and mentoring, we impart life skills which lead to better choices and life
decisions. Members of the choirs are determined to achieve their dreams and succeed in society as
participating, caring members of their communities.

A high level of positive conduct is expected of all members of the choirs, volunteers, and staff of the
Avenue D Boys’ Choir and Avenue D Girls’ Choir. Each person shall encourage and support each other
in the observance of this Code. The Code of Conduct policy also strives to create a safe environment to
ensure success.

The Avenue D Boys’ Choir and the Avenue Girls’ Choir members do not have to contribute financially to
any of the services provided to them. They are provided food (provided to them after rehearsals), clothing
(uniforms are maintained for each choir member), or travel (free transportation to/from rehearsals and
singing events). With the money raised through generous donations and grants (Children’s Services
Council has sponsored the Avenue D Boys’ Choir since 2004), members of the Avenue D Boys’ Choir
have been able to experience a world beyond their neighborhood. They have traveled to Chicago, Detroit,
Italy, France, and throughout Florida, which has shown the boys that anything is possible if they believe in
themselves and work for it.

The Choirs give back to the community by performing in fundraising events, such as the Pink Tie Gala to
raise funds for breast cancer research; performance to benefit Hibiscus House, which helps abused,
abandoned, and neglected children; The Choirs partnered with the Van Duzer Foundation in a blood drive;
among other community events.

We have big dreams for the Avenue D Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs and we believe God has even bigger plans
for us. As the Choirs continue to grow in size and diversity, our goal is to provide each member with the
best possible educational, moral, and spiritual guidance, so they may live successfully and victoriously.


Participation in the Choir requires:
         School Enrollment (1st grade – College)
         Attendance
         Good Behavior



MISSION
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To develop excellent, well-disciplined boys’ and girls’ choirs, while equipping
these young people with personal, academic and social skills they need to attain
success.



VISION
The mission of the Avenue D Choirs is the development of choirs of excellence.
The choirs will not only be about musical success, but also a multifaceted
philosophy where the integrity of the spirit is just as paramount as the physical
appearance, manners and a respect for the community and self. Thus the boys and
girls will develop personally, academically, and socially, and this will help to
enable them to gain the knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed.



MANTRA (Avenue D Boys’ Choir)
WE ARE…. Young Men of Honor, Pursuing Excellence and Leading by Example

MANTRA (Avenue D Girls’ Choir)
WE ARE… Leaders and not Followers, We succeed without Compromising our
Standards or our Dignity



CREDO
I Believe.
I believe I can be a good student and citizen.
I believe I can achieve great things in my life.
I believe if I work hard I will succeed.
Therefore, I will work hard each day to do my best,
    …and I will allow nothing or no one to hinder my success.




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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

The Avenue D Boys’ Choir and the Avenue D Girls’ Choir Administration believe
that the Choir is an appropriate setting for all children and youth. The Code of
Conduct is designed to support this concept by developing, through reasonable and
consistent practices, appropriate student behavior patterns. Those behaviors and
disciplinary actions set forth in the Code of Conduct are designed to serve as
learning experiences for students.




MODEL CHOIR MEMBER BEHAVIOR

1Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order”


      Have a mindset to be obedient to authority
      Understand and follow rules

      Be prepared for all rehearsals and performances
      Focus on the Director throughout the entire warm-up and performance

      Adhere to dress codes for all rehearsals and performances

      Conduct yourself in a cooperative, friendly and respectful manner to staff,
       volunteers and other members of the choirs
      Obey instructions

      Respect the rights and properties of others

      Demonstrate pride in yourself, your choir, and your community
      Remember, we will have “FUN” but in a very respectful manner




The Choir Member Is Responsible For:
1.   Behaving in a manner that does not interfere with the rights of others.

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2.   Abiding by expectations, guidelines, rules and regulations established by the
     Avenue D Choirs.
3.   Reporting to Staff/Directors of any concerns/problems that choir member is experiencing.


The Choir Leader Is Responsible For:
1.   Behaving in a manner that does not interfere with the rights of others.
2.   Abiding by expectations, guidelines, rules and regulations established by the
     Avenue D Choirs.
3.   Acting as liaison to the choir member.
4.   Reporting to Staff/Directors of any concerns/problems that choir member is experiencing.


The Parent Is Responsible For:
1.   Setting an example of respecting the worth of other persons.
2.   Reading and reviewing Choir expectations, guidelines, rules and regulations
     with choir member.
3.   Cooperating with Avenue D Choir Directors when discipline is necessary.
4.   Seeking help in correcting a student's misbehavior.
5.   Informing Avenue D Choir Administration of concerns relative to student behavior.
6.   Volunteering at least two hours of service per month (i.e., attend rehearsals, attend
     performances, assist in kitchen, etc.)
7.   Attending any scheduled parent meetings.


The Staff/Volunteer is Responsible For:
1.   Treating each child with dignity and respect.
2.   Consistently communicating choir expectations, guidelines, rules and regulations.
3.   Reviewing with students’ school expectations, guidelines, rules and regulations.
4.   Establishing an atmosphere of appropriate behavior.
5.   Reporting promptly to Directors continuing student misbehavior and reporting immediately
     any misbehavior that will or may result in disciplinary action(s).
6.   Attending any scheduled staff/volunteer meetings.


The Director Is Responsible For:
1.   Establishing school expectations, guidelines, rules and regulations in concert
     with choirs’ Code of Conduct.
2.   Communicating to parents, staff, volunteers and choir members expectations, guidelines,
     rules and regulations.
3.   Enforcing consistently choir expectations, guidelines, rules and regulations.
4.   Communicating to parents about student behavior problems.
5.   Assisting parents and volunteers to resolve student behavior problems.




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BEHAVIORS AND CORRECTIVE STRATEGIES
This Code of Conduct is binding on all choir members. Each choir member is strictly
accountable and responsible for his/her own actions. Some forms of misconduct may be so
serious as to warrant suspension of the Choir Member pending a review of the matter during
which to determine the final form of discipline, which may be expulsion. Directors have
discretion in enforcing level of discipline on any infraction.

Behaviors
There will be absolutely “NO DISRESPECT” to any Volunteer, Parent, Staff, or Choir Member
(zero tolerance)

Disruptive Behaviors (including behavior on the bus)
    Confrontation with another choir member
    Disruptive Behavior (i.e., lying, stealing, fighting, aggressive behavior, sexual activity, etc)
    Negative Attitude (i.e., rolling eyes, pouting, negative body language, etc.)
    Violation of Dress Code (rehearsals and performances)
    Unauthorized use of Electronic Devices (i.e., cell phones, I-Pods, etc.)
    Confrontation with a staff member or volunteer
    Failure to comply with previously prescribed corrective strategies
    Petty Theft
    Any infraction regarding ‘school behavior’ may result in disciplinary action

Strategies/Discipline
Plan 1 – 1st infraction
    Parent/Guardian contact
    Caution (Verbal warning)

Plan 2 – 2nd infraction
    Parent/Guardian meeting
    First Written Reminder

Plan 3 – 3rd infraction
    Parent/Guardian meeting
    Final Written Reminder
    Suspension from performance
           o Suspension up to five performances
    Suspension from riding van
           o Suspension up to five days from riding van

Plan 4 – 4th infraction
    Parent/Guardian meeting
    Suspension with possible Expulsion from choir
           o Suspension up to ten performances
    Suspension with possible Expulsion from choir
           o Suspension up to ten days from riding van




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REHEARSALS
There will be no rehearsals for any days that the St. Lucie County School Board recognizes as a
holiday or no school (i.e., holidays, spring break, teacher work day, etc.) unless notified
otherwise by Director. But there maybe, however, scheduled performance(s) during this time
(please refer to Choirs’ performance schedule).

Avenue D Boys’ Choir Rehearsals scheduled:
Mondays            5-7pm          Family of Faith Worship Center/Ft. Pierce, FL
Tuesdays           5-7pm          Family of Faith Worship Center/Ft. Pierce, FL

Avenue D Boys’ Choir and Avenue D Girls’ Choir combined rehearsals scheduled:
Wednesday          5-7pm         Family of Faith Worship Center/Ft. Pierce, FL

Avenue D Girls’ Choir Rehearsals scheduled:
Thursdays           5-7pm          Family of Faith Worship Center/Ft. Pierce, FL

Practice ends at 6:30pm. Boys/Girls are given snacks/meals immediately after each rehearsal.


EXPECTATIONS AT REHEARSALS
   Have a mindset to be obedient to authority
   Come to Rehearsals prepared to participate
   Turn Beepers/Cell Phones Off/Silent (unless previously approved by Director)
   No GUM or CANDY or FOREIGN OBJECTS permitted
   Food/drinks will not be allowed out of the building
   Clean up after yourself
   Make sure tables/floor are clean after eating
   Make sure chairs are pushed in
   No running/playing in building
   Do not leave building until bus/van is ready to go
   Tutoring is available during rehearsal
   Use inside voice when speaking


Boys’ Dress Code
    No wife beater shirts


Girls’ Dress Code
    No tank tops
    No sleeveless tops
    Shorts and dresses must be appropriate length


EXPECTATIONS AT PERFORMANCES

       Have a mindset to be obedient to authority
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       Turn Beepers/Cell Phones Off/Silent (unless previously approved by Director)
       No GUM or CANDY or FOREIGN OBJECTS permitted
       Be prepared to sing/perform
       Be prepared to give testimony
       Be on time
       Unless you are performing, do not attend (unless previously approved by Director)
       Stay in designated area
       Use inside voice when speaking
       Smile


Boys’ Dress Code
    NO Earrings
    NO Jewelry (watches are allowed)
    NO facial hair (unless previously approved by Director)
    Hair cut
    Solid black belts are mandatory (designer or large holes are not allowed)
    Appropriate shoes


Girls’ Dress Code
    NO large earrings
    NO Jewelry (watches are allowed)
    Hair properly groomed
    Appropriate shoes




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EXPECTATIONS ON THE BUS/VAN

       Have a mindset to be obedient to authority
       NO Eating or Drinking allowed on bus/van
       Pick-up and/or Drop-off will only be to designated location on registration form
       Riding the bus is a Privilege not a Right


TRAVEL: IN/OUT OF THE TREASURE COAST AREA (including State of
Florida)
    Have a mindset to be obedient to authority
    All choir members shall dress appropriately and in accordance with the dress code of the
       Avenue D Boys’ Choir and/or Avenue D Girls’ Choir
    Dress in specified choir uniform is mandatory for all choir performances; any student not
       in uniform will not be allowed to perform
    Fighting or any other aggressive behavior is prohibited. Horseplay may be misinterpreted
       and is therefore prohibited.


TRAVEL: OUT OF STATE
       Have a mindset to be obedient to authority
       All choir members shall dress appropriately and in accordance with the dress code of the
        Avenue D Boys’ Choir and/or Avenue D Girls’ Choir
       Dress in specified choir uniform is mandatory for all choir performances; any student not
        in uniform will not be allowed to perform
       Fighting or any other aggressive behavior is prohibited. Horseplay may be misinterpreted
        and is therefore prohibited.
       Choir members shall observe all curfews and be in their assigned sleeping rooms at the
        established curfew times. The curfew will be set each day depending on three major
        factors: safety, time the group returns to the hotel from activities/performances, and
        general needs of the group such as fatigue, etc. Choir members caught out of their rooms
        after curfew will be disciplined.
       No choir member shall be in the hotel room of any choir member of the opposite sex at
        any time, unless a chaperone is present in the room. THIS RULE WILL BE
        STRICTLY ENFORCED.
       Choir members shall not engage in inappropriate or disrespectful behavior toward another
        choir member, chaperone, or any other person.
        During “free time”, students must travel in groups of at least two people and the
        chaperone MUST be notified of the destination and return time


TRAVEL: OUT OF COUNTRY
       Have a mindset to be obedient to authority
       All choir members shall dress appropriately and in accordance with the dress code of the
        Avenue D Boys’ Choir and/or Avenue D Girls’ Choir

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       Dress in specified choir uniform is mandatory for all choir performances; any student not
        in uniform will not be allowed to perform
       Fighting or any other aggressive behavior is prohibited. Horseplay may be misinterpreted
        and is therefore prohibited.


    TRAVEL: OUT OF COUNTRY continued…
       Choir members shall observe all curfews and be in their assigned sleeping rooms at the
        established curfew times. The curfew will be set each day depending on three major
        factors: safety, time the group returns to the hotel from activities/performances, and
        general needs of the group such as fatigue, etc. Choir members caught out of their rooms
        after curfew will be disciplined.
       No choir member shall be in the hotel room of any choir member of the opposite sex at
        any time, unless a chaperone is present in the room. THIS RULE WILL BE
        STRICTLY ENFORCED.
       Choir members shall not engage in inappropriate or disrespectful behavior toward another
        choir member, chaperone, or any other person.
       During “free time”, students must travel in groups of at least two people and the
        chaperone MUST be notified of the destination and return time.

Note: When travelling outside of the Treasure Coast Area, choir members will be provided with
a checklist of recommended clothing and other items for packing and will be provided guidance
in dressing appropriately.


                         AVENUE “D” CHOIRS’ STAFF

           NAME                          POSITION                         CONTACT
Dr. Earl W. Hendricks            President/Co-Founder                     772.595.1414
Mrs. Mary S. Hendricks           Vice President/Co-Founder                772.342.6317
Ms. Frances Scott                Office Administrator                     772.359.2337
Mrs. Ebony Peavy                 Executive Assistant                      772.595.1414
Mr. Anthony Williams             Musical Director                         772.595.1414
Ms. Gwen Saintil                 Business Coordinator                     772.882.1792
Ms. Patricia Young               Transporter/Clerk                        772.595.1414
Mr. Deaunta Toussaint            Clerk                                    772.595.1414




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