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