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June 3, 2014

Commissioners, school board, sheriff sign agreement for C.H.A.M.P.S.

THOMASVILLE — The Grady County Board of Commissioners, along with the board of education and sheriff’s office are teaming up to provide an educational program for the students of Grady County that will provide guidance, skills, the ability and knowledge to be safe, healthy and happy to prepare for a successful life.

At Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Chairman T.D. David, Sheriff Harry Young and Board of Education member Kermit Gilliard signed an agreement for a C.H.A.M.P.S. officer in Grady County schools.

The C.H.A.M.P.S. officer will be a full-time deputy working part-time in the school system under the sheriff’s jurisdiction, who will be supervised by principals while in the schools.

“We are very proud that we have been able to come together and agree to do this,” said David.

Young provided additional information about the program.

C.H.A.M.P.S. stands for Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety.

Today’s students face dangers that older generations did not. This programing was founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to address the urgent challenges facing today’s students.

“It’s a wonderful thing that works and is much more effective than the D.A.R.E. program. It has proved to be successful in many counties and made a world of difference. There hasn’t been a county where it hasn’t proven to be effective,” said Young.

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