Valley students graduate anti-gang program |

Valley students graduate anti-gang program

Staff Reports
Participants tackle the ropes course.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office |

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Juvenile Probation and personnel from China Springs Youth Facility sponsored G.R.E.A.T. Summer, where 10 students from Carson Valley Middle School and 10 students from Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School attended a weeklong program.

The G.R.E.A.T. lessons focused on four major areas that included team building, decision making, goal setting and community service.

Each day of the program, students went to different locations to build on these lessons. This program is a cooperative effort between law enforcement, schools, parents and the community – all working together to help children make good life choices.

“The goal of the program is to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement, while developing a positive relationship among our young people to create a safer community,” Sgt. Pat Brooks said.

Some of the events the students participated in are; the ropes course, kayaking, hiking and community service (beach cleanup at Zephyr Cove Beach).

On June 5, in a ceremony at Zephyr Cove officiated by Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini, 20 students graduated from the nationally acclaimed Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program.

“Sheriff Ron Pierini and the members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are focused on combating gang activity in and out of our community,” Brooks said. “The G.R.E.A.T. program is a vital tool in that effort.”