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For Immediate Release

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May 04, 2011 Maurice Lightfoot, Deputy U.S. Marshal
E/LA G.R.E.A.T. Instructor (504) 589-2126
E/LA U.S. Marshals Service - Emily C. Watkins G.R.E.A.T. Graduation

New Orleans, LA – U.S. Marshal Genny May proudly announced that the Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. Marshals Service graduated 40 students who completed the Gang Resistance Education & Training (G.R.E.A.T.) course at Emily C. Watkins Elementary School in LaPlace, LA on May 4, 2011. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a thirteen week law enforcement instructed curriculum. The program teaches students skills they can employ in their daily lives with the goal of the program being to reduce violence, prevent criminal activity, and minimize gang involvement, while developing and fostering a positive working relationship with law enforcement.

The guest speaker for the event was NFL New Orleans Saints Cornerback Leigh Torrence, a strong supporter of youth and educational activities within our District. Leigh provided the students with inspirational words of wisdom and remained after the program’s conclusion to take photographs & sign autographs with the students. The most exciting moment for most of the students was seeing Leigh’s New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl Forty-Four World Championship ring.

The event was attended by the school’s faculty, along with parents and Deputy U.S. Marshal/G.R.E.A.T. Instructor Maurice L. Lightfoot. Special invited guests included Sgt. Leonard Sanders of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office and Probation Officer Raphael Neal of the St. John the Baptist Parish Probation Office. Both delivered words of wisdom and encouragement to the 6th grade graduating students.

Four Emily C. Watkins students who best exemplified the lessons taught in the G.R.E.A.T. program were selected to ride in the 2011 Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade.

The G.R.E.A.T. program is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s community outreach program. For further information about the G.R.E.A.T. program & the graduation contact the E/LA- U.S. Marshal Service at (504)589-6079 (Dial 1) or visit www.great-online.org.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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