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Sheriff's Department SRO's Teaching G.R.E.A.T. To 5th and 6th Graders

Receives Grant from the Good Shepherd Foundation

 The New Hanover County Sheriff's Department recently received a grant from the Good Shepherd Foundation to help fund their G.R.E.A.T. program teaching students to say no to drugs and avoid violence in daily life. The department also honored Carolina Beach resident and business owner Jerry Bigley for his many decades of service providing meals for an annual cook out for the program. 

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer (SRO) program recently received a grant from the Good Shepherd Foundation to help fund their G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) program for 6th graders. The Department also recently honored Carolina Beach resident Gerald Bigley for his 30th year donating dinners to campers during the summer program.  Sergeant J. J. Brewer explained, "The New Hanover Sheriff's Office SROs began teaching G.R.E.A.T. in our 5th and 6th grades.   G.R.E.A.T. is a wonderful program that teaches life skills along with saying no to violence, gangs, bullying, drugs and alcohol. It has three segments:  the classroom segment, G.R.E.A.T., Family (which we hope to begin implementing this coming year) and a summer camp.  We are proud to now implement our G.R.E.A.T. Safe Summer Camp.  A big thank you goes to the Good Shepherd Foundation for providing a grant for all campers, mentors and adults camp t-shirts."
The G.R.E.A.T. middle school curriculum is a skills-based curriculum designed to produce knowledge and attitudinal and behavioral changes through the use of facilitative teaching, positive behavior rehearsal, cooperative and interactive learning techniques, and extended teacher activities. The curriculum has integrated National Learning English Language Arts Standards and National Health Standards and is based on effective research practices. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.  During the summer, SROs participate in the ‘S.A.F.E. Summer Program’.  In this program, the SROs work hand-in-hand with rising 6th grade students who graduated the Elementary D.A.R.E. Program to show them how to have a fun summer without drugs and violence. 
It gives the students an opportunity to interact and have fun with the Deputies on a casual basis, creating a greater bond between them and law enforcement. For more information, visit http://www.newhanoversheriff.com/Patrol-SRO.html


New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon(Left) recognized Carolina Beach resident and business owner Gerald Bigley (Center) last month for providing hungry campers with a wonderful chicken dinner compliments of Tangerine Caribbean Grill.  This was Mr. Bigley's 30th year providing meals for campers! McMahon said without his generosity the camps would not have been successful.  Bigley received an award at the monthly staff meeting from the NHSO for his continuing support to the program.