A total of 275 fifth-graders at R.L. Norris Elementary School will be taking the CHAMPS (Choosing Healthly Activities & Methods Promoting Safety) pledge to stay off drugs as they graduate from the 20-week program Friday.
The Rev. Frederick Favors of Springfield Baptist Church will be the guest speaker for the event.
In 2003, numerous sheriffs through the state encouraged the Georgia Sheriffs' Association Inc. to develop a flexible health and safety educational program that could be taught in local schools. GSA solicited the assistance of deputies experienced in K-12 classroom instruction to develop and implement an educational program. Under the direction of specially trained veteran police officers, these students have learned the skills they need to avoid drugs, alcohol and violence.