Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, 863 534-6631 or
Crow to Speak At S.A.V.E. Graduation for
Mulberry Middle School Students
Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., will be a guest speaker at the
S.A.V.E. graduation ceremony for Mulberry Middle School students to be held
at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2001, in the school cafeteria/auditorium.
The S.A.V.E. program - which stands for Substance Abuse and Violence
Education - is a school-based 10-week program designed to address the issue
of substance abuse and other problems youth encounter, such as violence,
gang resistance, and cultural diversity.
In recognition of their successful completion of the S.A.V.E. program, 89
Mulberry Middle School students will receive graduation certificates and
S.A.V.E. T-Shirts. A trophy also will be awarded to the winner of the
S.A.V.E. essay contest - a contest in which students write essays describing
what they have learned in the program. Sheriff Crow will speak to the
students about the importance of what they have learned in the S.A.V.E.
program: to say no to drugs, violence, and gangs, and to appreciate each
other's differences and learn to settle conflicts in a productive manner.
Sheriff Crow has been a long-time supporter of school-based programs
involving law enforcement officers. As a result, the Polk County Sheriff's
Office created the S.A.V.E. program in 1994. Since that time, Sheriff's
Office School Resource Deputies have taught the curriculum to sixth graders
at the middle schools in the unincorporated areas of Polk County.
The S.A.V.E. program eventually expanded outside Polk County with officers
from other counties and police jurisdictions receiving instructor training.
S.A.V.E. was deemed an exemplary program by C.A.L.E.A. (Commission on
Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) when the Polk County
Sheriff's Office received National Accreditation status in November 1994.
For more information on the S.A.V.E. program, call the School Resource
Office at 863 534-0980.
School Resource Officer Gordy Scherer is assigned to Mulberry Middle School
and serves as the S.A.V.E. instructor. The school is located at 500 9th
Avenue SE in Mulberry.