Oakland Grade-Schoolers Graduate From Anti-Gang Program

OAKLAND (BCN) – More than 100 Oakland fifth-graders will graduate from a gang prevention program Friday, the Oakland Unified School District said.

Members of the four classes, two from Community United Elementary and two from Futures Elementary, participating in the ceremony completed a six-week course called Gang Resistance Education and Training, or the GREAT Program.

The classes were taught by law enforcement officers and included discussions about anger management, communication skills, and being a good citizen.

The national program is meant to prevent youth violence and delinquency, particularly gang participation, the school district said.

It has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the national Association of Police Leagues.

Friday’s graduation ceremony was to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the schools’ Lockwood campus, located at 6701 International Blvd.

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