Crisp Academy students graduate C.H.A.M.P.S

CORDELE, Ga. — The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office held their annual C.H.A.M.P.S. Graduation ceremony for Crisp Academy students Thursday.

Fifth and sixth grade students participated in the program which stands for Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety. The program was implemented by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association in 2003. It is designed to proactively provide Georgia’s youth with the knowledge and skills to make healthy and safe life decisions.

The graduation ceremony was held in the school gymnasium. Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock introduced Jerome Outlaw as the guest speaker. Outlaw is the deputy director of Crisp County EMS. He was raised in Crisp County.

He said, “Just to come and share my thoughts and have the ability to assist the kids in growing and continue to be positive and always through the CHAMPS program.”

Sheriff Hancock said the C.H.A.M.P.S. program has been in Crisp County about five years and has been successful. It gives deputies and opportunity to come into the schools and interact with the children and it gives them an opportunity to see law enforcement in a different light as well. He said it is also important for them to learn that their choices impact their lives significantly.

“So a lot of C.H.A.M.P.S. is about choices. We want them to realize, the choices you make now are gonna affect you down the road. And that you can grow up here and be somebody in this community deputy director of EMS, sit on state board or local boards by being from here if you make the right choices. So we wanted Jerome to come up and stand in front of them hey the choices I made put me here, the choices you make will be your path.”

C.H.A.M.P.S. graduates received a certificate. Winners of the poster and essay contests from each grade received a medal for their efforts. A STAR student was also selected from each grade. They received a stuffed C.H.A.M.P.S. mascot.