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The MAKE MY SCHOOL G.R.E.A.T. – School Service Project will expand the G.R.E.A.T. Middle classroom lessons by providing opportunities for middle school youth to engage in productive interactive learning and community activities that will help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence as a life or social option. The G.R.E.A.T. kids will work with their G.R.E.A.T. Officer instructors and school teachers to demonstrate what they’ve learned from the G.R.E.A.T. curricula. They will create and implement a school service project that is designed to “Make My School G.R.E.A.T.”  These projects will range from, but not limited to, Community Involvement – kids will use decision making skills to paint over graffiti in their community; Art -kids will create anti-gang, anti-bullying, and/or anti-violence posters; the Environment – kids will collect recycling material from their community and create a piece of art to improve their community; Social Studies – kids will research laws related to gangs, violence and crime then develop and write their own laws that will be reproduced and shared throughout the school and community; and Music – kids will create a song about refusing to participate in crime, violence and/or gangs and perform it or make it available in their community.

This will enable the G.R.E.A.T. Kids to work as a team in giving back to their community in a positive manner. This project will help promote public trust in a proactive manner between the G.R.E.A.T. Kids, law enforcement and the community through non-enforcement interactions.  And, the Make My School G.R.E.A.T. Project will support the G.R.E.A.T. Kids lessons in focusing on positive life skills that help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence as a life option.

Our goal is to start this project by reaching at least 15 schools nationwide. This will impact over 2,200 youth who will be participating in a Make My School G.R.E.A.T. – School Service Project.  This type of positive activity will give the students ownership in and commitment to their community.



This grant program will enable G.R.E.A.T. law enforcement officers, across the country, to take a pro-active non-enforcement approach in engaging youth and their parents/guardians in a positive pro-active approach in community relations and youth violence prevention.

In order to apply for this reimbursement grant, G.R.E.A.T. Officers will teach and oversee G.R.E.A.T. youth summer program topics that reinforce the lessons learned in the structured elementary and middle school curricula: conflict resolution, anti-bullying, communication skills, goal setting, self-image, and cultural awareness/sensitivity. Every Summer Program (G.R.E.A.T. Officers Building Trust and Community Policing) must teach/reflect a combination of the G.R.E.A.T. goals and skills: 1. Strengthen law enforcement’s relationship with youth and community; 2. Improve public/community relations; 3. Provide structured activities when students are not in school; 4. Give youths positive alternatives to gang involvement; and 5. Build upon the school-based G.R.E.A.T. curricula and reinforce goals by offering youths an opportunity to enhance their skills. In developing their summer program, the G.R.E.A.T. Officers will look to the Summer Program Activities recommended in the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum: team building structured games; community service projects; sports camps; neighborhood improvement projects, educational visits (such as: law enforcement agencies, fire departments, State Capitals, museums, law firms, TV studios, and corporate offices – science, technology, food/beverage).

These grant funds can be approved for up to $1,000 per Summer Program/per agency and used to pay agency reimbursement for materials, goods, services (group transportation, etc), fees (group parking, admission, rental, etc), food/beverages, youth T-shirts (G.R.E.A.T.), needed to implement the agency’s G.R.E.A.T. Officers Building Trust and Community Policing Summer Program.
The law enforcement agency’s grant application (School Service Project) request, narrative MUST include: the name of the G.R.E.A.T. law enforcement agency and participating G.R.E.A.T. Officer(s); the name of all participating schools; the description of the Summer/Family Program activity(s) the G.R.E.A.T. Kids will be participating in; the number of participating kids, officers, teachers, and parents; goals of the program; and a program budget.

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