Sixth graders at Los Osos Middle School are learning about making good decisions through the GREAT, or Gang Resistance Education and Training, program.
The anti-bullying campaign is designed to send students down the right path.
A school resource deputy who is with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office participated in a Character Counts assembly Friday. Students were recognized for academics and good citizenship, among other qualities. Students also graduated from the GREAT program.
The students who participated in the program created and presented special projects to help the school or the community.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office hopes the program makes a difference.
“They’re great. They’re great kids, and I’m always amazed and how they can be influenced to do the right thing and go on a good path instead of a bad path, a negative path, instead of a hurtful path or self-destructive path. I’m hoping this program can influence them and hopefully my being a conduit of that program will send a message to them,” said Susy Corriera with the Sheriff’s Office.
Students received a shirt, as well as a special certificate for completing the program.
The program continues to keep up with students throughout their seventh and eighth-grade years in middle school.