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For Immediate Release

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March 06, 2011

DUSM Garrett Hawk, Eastern District of Louisiana

(504) 589-3131 

Honor Students from the U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana's GREAT and Badges for Baseball Programs Participate in the Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade

New Orleans, LA - United States Marshal Genny May announced that on March 6, 2011, for the second consecutive year , elementary and middle school students from the United States Marshalsí Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) and Badges for Baseball Programs in New Orleans were proudly featured in the 2011 Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade. Twenty outstanding students were selected to participate based on their accomplishments achieved during the GREAT lessons taught at Arthur Ashe Charter School and Emily C. Watkins Elementary School and the Districtís Badges for Baseball Camp. These studentsí best exemplify the lessons taught to them by the DUSMs during the facilitation of the programs, which included leadership, conflict resolution, anger management, teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect. They rode on a float graciously provided to the schools by Blaine Kern Studios and were giving an opportunity that they may never get the chance to experience again. Prior to their ride on the float, the DUSMs hosted a reception for the students and chaperones at the beginning of the Bacchus parade route.

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is to reduce gang violence through classroom instruction and various learning activities. The programís instruction focuses on helping youths avoid gang membership, prevent violence and criminal activity, develop a positive relationship with law enforcement, and teach life skills.

Badges for Baseball is a nation-wide initiative that was created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice as a juvenile crime prevention tool. The program aims to enhance the relationship between law enforcement officers and kids in communities across the country using baseball as the medium.  The program reaches kids at an impressionable age, giving them the opportunity to see law enforcement officers as mentors, friends, and coaches, rather than as adversaries.

For further information about G.R.E.A.T. contact the U.S. Marshals Service E/LA at (504)589-6079 Dial 1 or visit the G.R.E.A.T. website at www.great-online.org. For further information about Badges for Baseball or the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation visit the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundationís website at www.ripkenfoundation.org. For more information on Arthur Ashe Charter School visit www.ashecharterschool.org. For more information on Emily C. Watkins Elementary School Visit www.stjohn.k12.la.us/schools/ecw/index.htm. For more information on the Krewe of Bacchus visit www.kreweofbacchus.org. For further information on the U.S. Marshals Service visit www.usmarshals.gov, and to learn more about the Eastern District of Louisiana Marshals office visit http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/la-e/index.html.