This spring, Granada Elementary celebrated its G.R.E.A.T program graduation, marking the culmination of training and learning process. The Great program, or Gang Resistance Education and Training, is a result of the collaboration between the Alhambra police Department and ASUSD’s Gateway to Success and is aimed towards educating students about the dangers of drugs, violence and crime while giving them preventative strategies to combat these issues. In an effort to build safer communities through the program, students have the opportunity to engage with local police officers to get firsthand information and guidance regarding these topics.
Principal Chris Ng began the ceremony by introducing special dignitaries including Board Member Robert Gin, Police Chief Timothy Vu and Assistant Superintendent Laurel Bear. School Resource Officer Manny Araneta then took the stage to present a brief description of the program, detailing the training that students underwent to combat potential issues students could encounter, including how to resolve issues between peers without resorting to violence. The audience was then shown a brief video illustrating the training being put into action and the positive relationships built between police officers and students.
Following the program overview, student speakers Adwik Chaturvedi, Julianna Tapia, Anthony Agustin and Alyssa Silva spoke about their experience in the GREAT program and gave personal testimonials of how they have used their training in their own lives. Each student speaker raved about the opportunity they had to interact with police officers and thanked them for instilling the knowledge necessary to face important issues that they may face as they progress into their teenage years.