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G.R.E.A.T Program benefiting students in Spanish Lookout Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

The San Ignacio Police formation has conducted a Gang Resistance Education and Training Program G.R.E.A.T graduation in Spanish Lookout.  A total of 136 students have graduated from the middle school curriculum of the G.R.E.A.T program.

With that event, G.R.E.A.T has almost encompassed all schools within the 38 communities of the San Ignacio Police jurisdiction. Graduates have now been empowered to be more resistant to gangs, bullying and other negative influences and at the same time they have been equipped with life changing skills.

The event was held at the spacious Country Side Park where representatives from various schools received certificates for allowing their students to participate in the 13 week course. Officer in Charge of San Ignacio Police Richard Rosado was present to deliver the certificates. Remarks were also made by Mr. Victor De La Rosa, President of the Iguana Creek Neighborhood Watch Group.

Schools that participated were the New Life Government School in Duck Run 1, St. Joseph RC in Duck Run 2, Hidden Paradise in Duck Run 3, Los Tambos School in Los Tambos Village, Iguana Creek School in Selena Village and the Buena Vista School in Buena Vista Village.

Coordinator of G.R.E.A.T in Cayo, Corporal Ciriaco Medina would like to give special thanks to Corporal Porfilio Coh and police officer Erick Mendez; as they were the G.R.E.A.T instructors in the 6 villages within their area of responsibility.

Guest Speaker for the occasion was Jahmor Lopez, who spoke on behalf of the Senior Management Team and the Ministry of Education. Mr. Lopez expressed gratitude to the U.S Embassy for supporting G.R.E.A.T as well as to the Belize Police Department. Lopez told the students... “Be eager to learn...elevate yourself through education.”