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Police Adventure Camp!

 

The 4th Police Adventure Camp at Viers Mill Elementary School focused on teaching incoming 4th, 5th, and 6th graders skills like decision making, how to refuse drugs and alcohol, and resisting peer pressure. 

"It started out with 30 at-risk youth. They came in, we talked about making good decisions: resisting drugs, alcohol and gangs and gave them skills to be better students," said Officer Amy Daum.

The camp is a partnership between Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Public Schools and Linkages to Learning. The Linkages to Learning Program assists students and their families with services to help children be successful in school, at home, and in the community.  

This year’s program encompassed the D.A.R.E. curriculum.  Campers also participated in crafts such as planting flowers, painting a flower pot, sports, and K-9, SWAT, and Fire/Rescue demonstrations. 

The Administration at Viers Mill Elementary School said that Police Adventure Camp teaches the young students that they can have a positive impact on their community and that their choices matter-even if they are only in elementary school.

" Past campers showed increased motivation, decreased absenteeism, and an overall improved school outlook. The program has helped the children learn how to get along with each other and with others who are different," Viers Mill Para Educator Andrea Jones said.