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Saddle Ridge CHAMPS students celebrate graduation

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Deputy Brad Battles and Sheriff Steve Wilson with CHAMPS students from Saddle Ridge Deputy Brad Battles and Sheriff Steve Wilson with CHAMPS students from Saddle Ridge
WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - CHAMPS stands for "choosing healthy activities and methods promoting safety." In Walker County, it replaced the DARE program, which focused primarily on drug and alcohol issues. 

Thirty-six fifth graders at Saddle Ridge Elementary School in Walker County are among hundreds of students graduating this month from the program. They're taking classes and writing essays about topics most will encounter in their lives.

Sheriff Steve Wilson, and deputies like Brad Battles, are strong advocates of the program, which enables law enforcement officers to meet weekly with students. Some say lifestyle & prevention classes in elementary schools are a waste of time, but they say it's working in Walker County.

The sheriff urges these kids to display their certificates proudly, and look back on the lessons they've learned when faced with tempting choices. He says touching on real-life topics outside the regular curriculum can make a difference in a fifth grader's life.

Sheriff Wilson says it takes a special kind of officer to work with elementary students, and his department is blessed to have ones who can, and who love the assignment. He says the program is expanding to work with middle and high schoolers in the years to come.

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