Upon the completion of the GREAT Program, Granada School hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the knowledge and skills that students have learned from the program. The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program. The G.R.E.A.T. curriculum is school-based, and is collaboratively instructed by a trained law enforcement officer and teacher in a classroom setting. The program is intended as an immunization against youth delinquency, violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before prime age for introduction to gangs, violence, and negative influences. G.R.E.A.T. lessons are built around real-life themes that students often encounter. For example, the lesson “How to stay cool when the heat is on” teaches students skills how to resist against negative influences. G.R.E.A.T. further introduces and teaches students how to be an effective member of the community in the lesson “We’re all in this together”, which teaches not only to build a sense of a community but also explore individual skills to contribute to our community to make it safe and better.
During the ceremony, students took turn to share out what they have learned throughout the program, from how to make a positive decision to how to be a citizen of the community and the world. Many distinguished guests joined Granada school in celebration of students’ success including Mr. Bob Gin, AUSD Board Member, Mrs. Denise Jaramillo, AUSD Superintendent, Dr. Laurel Bear, Asst. Superintendent of SEW, Dr. Suttle, Principal of Ramona School and last but not least, the parents and families of the G.R.E.A.T students.
Teacher, Mrs. Enriquez, has shared her thoughts about the program, “The program really resonates among young students, as students of previous year’s program remember Officer Araneta and learn a sense of community from the G.R.E.A.T lessons.”