Excel Students are GREAT

The G.R.E.A.T Program is built around curricula instructed by certified criminal justice professionals and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
The G.R.E.A.T Program is built around curricula instructed by certified criminal justice professionals and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris provides a warm welcome to our families before thanking Officer Oliver for his years of service to our district and its children.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris provides a warm welcome to our families before thanking Officer Oliver for his years of service to our district and its children.
Suffolk County Sheriff Officers Oliver and Delancy presented a certificate to each of the students who successfully completed their 13-week lesson giving them a more positive attitude toward police, more resistance to peer pressure, and better decision making skills.
Suffolk County Sheriff Officers Oliver and Delancy presented a certificate to each of the students who successfully completed their 13-week lesson giving them a more positive attitude toward police, more resistance to peer pressure, and better decision making skills.

At our Project Excel meeting on Monday evening February 6th parents, students, and special guests spilled into the hallway from Silas Wood’s cafeteria to honor students who were receiving a Certificate of Accomplishment for their successful completion of a 13-week ‘Gang Resistance Education And Training’ program known as Project GREAT.  The audience also gave a resounding Thank You to retiring Suffolk County Sheriff, Officer Everett Oliver.

“One of the biggest things that I want our young people to take always from this program is to be more comfortable with Law Enforcement and to realize that we have jobs and families just like everyone else.” said the veteran officer. “The second thing I want our Project Excel students to take away is to make better decisions for themselves. Don’t be a follower, be a leader and make good decisions before you act.”

Officer Oliver, joined by fellow Officer Delaney, was gracious of the praise offered by Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris and Project Excel Coordinator Mr. David Perkins. “There are a lot of challenges today that pull children away and on the wrong road,” said Mr. Perkins. “Our parents in the Excel Program understand that as a community, working together and staying connected to the Excel Program is an effective safety net for their children.”

Congratulations to our students: Nicholas Da Costa, Trevor Galgano, Talha Guven, Kimberly Interiano Castro, Kensley Jean Baptiste, Jaylin Lawrence, Jason Lazo Chavez, Ronald Lopez, Kenyon Miles, Keyon Paz Chica, Omar Perez Santos, Isabel Rich, Connor Weber, Valerie Richardson, Christopher Matthews, Mikaya Person Gunter, Destiny Lloyd, Heaven Delk, and Neveah Delk.

“The commitment that the Sheriff’s Department provides our district is outstanding,” said Perkins.  “Officer Oliver, as well as Officer Nelson, who couldn’t be here tonight, have left an indelible impression on the lives of our children. It’s because of their caring spirit, and the understanding of the significant role that they play, that will help our children make good decisions when confronted with difficult situations in their lives.”

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