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Sheriff's Youth Services Program receives funds from Wal-Mart

Posted Friday, March 13, 2009

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Siler City, NC - The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office recently received a check from Wal-mart to help fund the Sheriff’s Youth Services Program. Wal-mart has consistently supported the Sheriff’s Office through out the years with many projects. Wal-mart supplies food for the Sheriff’s Thanksgiving Meal for Seniors Program as well as donations that support the Shop with a Cop project.

“On top of that, they support us by these cash donations to help fund other programs like GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) and our Youth Summer Camp”, says Sheriff Richard Webster. “Without the help of Wal-Mart and many other businesses and individuals, these programs couldn’t function.”

Sheriff Webster would like to thank all those who have donated to the Youth Services and GREAT Programs. Deputies feel that any program that connects law enforcement and youth will always have positive results.

For the last year, the Sheriff’s Office has taught the GREAT program to middle school children. Specially trained deputy sheriffs teach the 9-week program. Through GREAT, seventh graders all learn to identify and resist the social pressures of gangs and the use of dangerous drugs. The curriculum is well designed and expertly taught. GREAT is a step toward a generation of awareness. Everybody involved supports GREAT. Principals, teachers, students, parents, officers-all believe in it.

In 2003, just after Sheriff Webster was elected, he implemented the Youth Services Program because of his desire to connect further with the youth of the county. Since then, many programs emerged and are supported by the donations of businesses and citizens alike. Photo of Lt. Steve Maynor receiving a check from Wal-mart for the Shop with a Cop program.

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