In 2009 Sheriff Brad White arranged for the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office to begin a new program targeted at the youth of our community. The C.H.A.M.P.S. (Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety) program is an educational program designed for Georgia’s youth, which provides guidance, skills, ability and knowledge to be safe, healthy, and happy, in preparation for a successful life.
C.H.A.M.P.S was founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to address the urgent challenges facing today’s students. The program targets all fifth graders at the Lamar County Elementary School. The program is taught in 45-60 minute sessions over 14 weeks. C.H.A.M.P.S lesson plans are taught by certified Deputy Sheriffs who have successfully completed C.H.A.M.P.S. instructor training.
Deputy Adam Rowell has been appointed to the position of School Resource Officer at the Elementary School and will be spearheading the program. He will be assisted by Corporal Michael Newman the School Resource Officer at the High School. Lessons taught in the program will include the following topics:
Choices & Consequences / Positive Alternatives
Prescription Drug Abuse
C.H.A.M.P.S. Project (Essay / Poster Contest)
With the cooperation of Lamar County Elementary School, every fifth grade student is automatically enrolled in the program. The School Administrators recognize today’s student’s face dangers older generations could not have imagined and want to give Lamar County’s youth the best possible chance for adult success. By strengthening the hard work families and educational professionals are already doing raising the next generation, C.H.A.M.P.S. ensures all of us have a brighter future.