CHAPARRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADUATES G.R.E.A.T. STUDENTS

CHAPARRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADUATES G.R.E.A.T. STUDENTS

More than 150 students at Chaparral Middle School celebrated the end of a 13-week curriculum on Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT), taught annually by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

The GREAT graduation was held Thursday at the school, which included a hot dog cookout and recognition of each student by Deputy Michelle Ugalde, the program coordinator who teaches GREAT on behalf of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

“The curriculum focuses on making the right choices when it comes to gangs, drugs and alcohol,” said Deputy Ugalde. “This is the age where our children are the most vulnerable and we hope this program gives them the right tools to be brave and know how to say no.”

Part of the program also included goal-setting, understanding the consequences of bullying and tips on anger management.

The GREAT program is available to any middle school in Doña Ana County. For more information, contact Deputy Ugalde directly, (575) 386-4316.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.