In 1991, the G.R.E.A.T. Program was developed through a combined effort of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Phoenix Police Department. The G.R.E.A.T. Program stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training and is an educational program taught by law enforcement in schools.
The program is intended as a prevention tool against delinquency, youth crime, violence and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons provide life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and crime to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. Program also encourages positive involvement in activities that foster teamwork. The program is taught to grades 3 through 6 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran School. The 2012 graduating GREAT class completed the "Making my school a GREAT Place Project". Various projects were completed throughout the school including: painting a mascot in the school gym, painting new playground lines, and sanding and repainting the outdoor basketball hoops. In addition, the students replaced the rims and nets on the outdoor basketball hoops. With assistance from a grant received from GREAT Foundation Inc., the school was also presented with new playground equipment pieces. A list of the GREAT Curriculum can be found below. Additional information can be found at www.Great-online.org. Contact Officer Young for questions regarding G.R.E.A.T.