L.E.A.D. MAY NEWSLETTER

From our Board

The Board of Directors is committed to growing the L.E.A.D. organization in these trying times.  First and foremost, we hope that all of you are SAFE and have been adjusting to these difficult times. We are pleased to inform you that the L.E.A.D. organization received a Payroll Protection Program grant from the Federal Government and secured a credit line, and we are able to keep all staff working and SERVING YOU!  

As you can see from this newsletter, we have done a huge amount of work to reach a tremendous number of individuals throughout the United States.  A unique service that we have provided is that we are calling all agencies that have L.E.A.D. to let them know that we are here to help and SERVE them.  Our office is open, our staff are working, and we are here to SERVE YOU.  Please stay safe and thumbs up.


WORKBOOK ORDERS
Be on the lookout for workbook orders and distribution protocols within the next 2 weeks. Stay tuned.

L.E.A.D.Fest Carnivals and State Fair
STAY TUNED!  As soon as the areas in which the events are held open up, we will announce the dates.


Current & Upcoming Events

Social Distancing Walk

Throughout May 2020 

We are facing the grim reality that our current revenue sources will fall far short due to the appropriate preventive measures being instituted to confront the Coronavirus. Walk safely to help L.E.A.D. and keep fit! 

Location

Anywhere – just make sure to practice proper COVID-19 preventative measures!

Social Distancing Walk

Throughout May 2020 

We are facing the grim reality that our current revenue sources will fall far short due to the appropriate preventive measures being instituted to confront the Coronavirus. Walk safely to help L.E.A.D. and keep fit! 

Location

Anywhere – just make sure to practice proper COVID-19 preventative measures!

6th Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference

02/21/2021 – 02/23/2021

Location

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
1000 BOARDWALK
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401


What’s Happening:

Virtual Trainings Available

We are holding a 1-day training session on April 15, April 22, and April 29. The trainings will be held from 9 AM – 5 PM. There will also be a 5-day training session held at the end of April. Please visit our website for detailed information.

“Protecting Our Communities” National Poster Contest

L.E.A.D. is proud to announce a nationwide poster contest available to all schools for students Grade K-8 (you do not need to be a L.E.A.D. community to participate).  We want to see your best work as you show us what you have been doing to protect your community from drugs and violence.

[Video] Message from our C.E.O.

Please see the following Facebook video post from L.E.A.D. CEO, Nicholas DeMauro.

Thumb’s Up Campaign

Police officers are on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis daily. Show your support for their hard work and dedication by giving every police officer you see a THUMBS UP! Visit leadrugs.org for more information.

Monthly Spotlights


Grice Middle School – Hamilton Township
Grice Middle School is one of three middle schools in the Hamilton Township School District that has the L.E.A.D. program. There are approximately 1,000 students presently enrolled. The school day consists of nine 40-minute periods, which include core subject areas and cycles of world language, art, music, technology, and family/consumer science. 

Grice Middle School’s mission is to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment that promotes the success of all students as they progress from childhood to adolescence and ultimately become respectable, productive, and responsible citizens of a changing world. This mission is accomplished on many different levels by our School Level Plan. L.E.A.D. is proud to help solidify its mission.

Our school community is very much involved with shaping our School Level Plan. Parents, teachers, and administrators work on nine committees involving the following areas: planning, student development, supervision of curriculum, supervision and evaluation, budget and finance, community relations, human relations, plant maintenance, and professional growth. This system is the mechanism for providing a thorough and efficient education for all of our students.

All of our professional staff members have attended in and out-of-district professional growth training workshops. Our teachers are well-trained in instructional theory, learning styles, thinking skills, cooperative learning, conflict resolution, and computer literacy. Teachers and students have created a web page for our school and district. We are committed to using technology in order to prepare our students for the workplace of the future.

We are implementing enriched and cross-curricular math and writing programs to improve standardized test scores. Exceptional student achievement and performance are a direct result of research-based teaching strategies and staff efforts to continuously raise students’ self-esteem. Many incentives are provided by the administration, teaching staff, PTA, and community to encourage and increase student performance.

Grice is also committed to character education. Our “Principal’s Words of Wisdom” program instills the values of simple acts of courtesy and service. Grice has a Bright Club (Bully Resistance Intervention Grice Helping Teens) consisting of staff and students that design activities and programs promoting positive character. Various school clubs and organizations have contributed to charities in our community. Our student council has been recognized by the State Student Government Association for the number of community service hours worked. Our school has the distinction of being one of 50 schools state-wide to receive a Best Practices Award for a creative academic/character-building program.  L.E.A.D. is a prime example of its innovative services offered by the Grice Middle School.  L.E.A.D. is the only evidence-based K-12 program offered in the United States offered by Law Enforcement and Educators.

GRICE MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Grice Middle School is to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment that promotes the success of all students as they progress from childhood to adolescence and ultimately become respectable, productive, and responsible citizens of a changing world. 

We will strive to accomplish this through a challenging and innovative curriculum, a dedicated staff, involved students, supportive parents, and our entire diverse community. 

GRICE MIDDLE SCHOOL MOTTO
Pride + Spirit = Excellence 

We are proud to offer L.E.A.D. in our school.

Sgt. Wendy Garrison
My name is Sgt. Wendy Garrison, and I have been with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department since January 2003. I attended The East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy at Walters State Community College in 2002 and since graduation I have served Anderson County Sheriff’s Department as a dedicated Law Enforcement Officer. I have held many different positions during my career including Patrol Deputy, School Resource Officer, Officer in Charge, SRO Corporal and currently as the Sergeant Supervising the School Resource Officer Unit and L.E.A.D. unit.

Currently serving as a Sergeant, I supervise a shift of officers, maintain law and order, and perform specialized police work within an assigned unit/function of the Sheriff’s Department, which includes the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. My duties and responsibilities include supervising assigned officers, coordinating work activities, performing administrative tasks, processing documentation, providing protection of life and property, enforcing federal, state and local laws, responding to emergency/non emergency situations, investigating criminal activity, issuing citations, arresting violators, and performing specialized duties within the assigned area.

During the course of my Law Enforcement career, I have completed extensive training in specialized and advanced officer training courses that include: Certified L.E.A.D.er Instructor, NASRO Practitioner and Child Passenger Safety Restraint Proxy. I currently hold the position as the East Tennessee Regional Director for the Tennessee School Resource Officers Association.

Development Opportunities


Support L.E.A.D. on Amazon Smile!
Are you an Amazon customer? Now you can support L.E.A.D. every time you make an eligible purchase using Amazon Smile!

Simply use smile.amazon.com and log in with your Amazon account. When you make a “smile” eligible purchase, a percentage goes to L.E.A.D.!

If you already use Amazon Smile, then simply click here to switch your charity to L.E.A.D.

Recycling Program!

We are proud to announce that the recycling program has expanded.We now have services available to you in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Oregon and Washington State.