Collier Police Corporal Awarded for Teaching Kids About Drug Abuse Prevention

COLLIER COUNTY — One Collier County Sheriff’s Office Police Corporal has a new title today. Police Corporal Eric Grundeman was named “Florida instructor of the year” award by the national nonprofit Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.).

The nonprofit partners with police stations across the country to help teach kids about the dangers of drug use and bullying. Grundeman has been helping the organization by teaching their curriculum to 5th graders at Mike Davis Elementary School and Parkside Elementary School.

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Corporal Grundeman has taught the L.E.A.D. curriculum, Too Good For Drugs, to fifth grade students at Mike Davis Elementary School and Parkside Elementary School. This year, he had 96 students both in person and virtually due to the coronavirus. While Collier County was fortunate to have some students in the classroom during the pandemic, Corporal Grundeman says that teachers and students were still challenged to say the least.   

“With mask difficulties, not being able to pass out paperwork and the distance we were required to keep from one another, none of us had ever experienced circumstances like these,” he said. “Regardless, I was happy that I could still teach the L.E.A.D. program in person to my students who chose to be in the classroom. For my virtual students, the teachers did an excellent job of setting up the classroom in a Zoom–friendly manner.”  

Corporal Grundeman says that the L.E.A.D. curriculum gives children crucial tools that will be very useful as they get older.  

“Such as learning how to resist peer pressure and communicate effectively with one another, L.E.A.D. provides kids with strategies that they will need later on in life, especially as they move on to middle school,” he said.  

An opportunity to interact with children and have an impact on their early lives, Corporal Grundeman is grateful that L.E.A.D. allows him to get in the classroom and show his personality on behalf of the police force. Ultimately, his goal is that students remember him and refer to L.E.A.D. when they are faced with difficult situations that revolve around drugs, bullying or violence.  

About L.E.A.D. 

L.E.A.D. provides the leadership, resources and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with educators, community leaders, and families. L.E.A.D. succeeds by providing proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying and violence. L.E.A.D. is committed to reinforcing the mutual respect, goodwill and relations between law enforcement and their communities. For more information visit