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Williams Elementary School Students Graduate from Anti-Gang Program

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In partnership with the Williams Unified School District, the Williams Police Department coordinated its annual anti-gang program. With 95 sixth grade students graduating from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program at Williams Upper Elementary School.

Officer Daniel Mata of the Williams Police Department worked with the students during the 13 lesson program while developing positive relationships with students, especially at-risk youth susceptible to gang initiation.

The G.R.E.A.T. program is designed to encourage students to make good, healthy choices, to avoid gangs and violence and how to deal with bullying.

‚ÄúIn the two years that I have been teaching GREAT, I have seen the children respond well to what the program teaches,‚ÄĚ said Officer Daniel Mata, ‚ÄúStudents are making better decisions and are saying no to gangs and youth violence.‚ÄĚ

The students completed the program and received certificates during a special G.R.E.A.T. Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. In attendance were Williams City Council Members, John Troughton Jr., Alfred Sellers, and Pat Ash, and Williams Police Officer Ivan Maldonado.

‚ÄúI would like to thank Officer Mata for all that he does for our community,‚ÄĚ said Williams Police Chief Jim Saso, ‚ÄúHe is not only our dedicated to our schools, he works patrol, then teaches the program, and returns to patrol.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThis program is crucial to our community and our department,‚ÄĚ Saso added.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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