Students at one Tift County school are learning more about choosing safe and healthy lifestyles.
Fifth graders at Matt Wilson Elementary graduated from the Tift County Sheriff's Office C.H.A.M.P.S program Tuesday. Each class spent several weeks learning from a certified Deputy about drug, internet and outdoor safety.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough says it's also a way to show the kids that deputies are there to help. "When I was a state trooper, we would be at a restaurant or something and family's would pass through on vacation. They'd bring their kids up, stop and say 'look, y'all see these officers? If you don't behave, they'll lock you up' and that is a negative. We don't need that. We're trying to change that."
This is the first group to graduate from the new program. C.H.A.M.P.S. stands for Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety.
The program is sponsored by Georgia Sheriff's Association.