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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 on how to resist 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 to explore individual skills to contribute to our community to make it safe and better.
During the ceremony, students took turns to share 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 Bob Gin, AUSD board member; Denise Jaramillo, AUSD superintendent; Dr. Laurel Bear, assistant 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.