Every year, Sgt Donna Morris and the BLAST team (Sgt. Traci Sullivan, Dep Henry Timms and Dep Shelly Kimball) take a group of outstanding 5th Graders to Six Flags for a day of fun in the sun followed by a police-escorted limo ride to Chuck E Cheese.
What is BLAST?
B.L.A.S.T. is a program that is a shared commitment between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Board of Education. Each school year the deputies teach B.L.A.S.T. to 5th graders in 22 Douglas County Schools (all public elementary schools along with two private schools – Brighten Academy and Colonial Hills). The program is self-funded. It is paid for by fund-raisers at each school, workbook donations from the Board of Education, and fund-raisers by each B.L.A.S.T. deputy. The purpose is to educate all 5th grade classes in the Douglas County Public School district about harmful effects of tobacco, self esteem, dealing with stress, assertiveness, social skills, decision-making skills, assertiveness, goal-setting, effects of advertising, conflict resolution and good communication skills.
The B.L.A.S.T. deputies teach at the schools each day (Monday – Friday) during the school year (August – May). Each year the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office B.L.A.S.T. deputies honor and recognize approximately 25 students from Douglas County for being positive role models in their schools. Students are chosen because they all:
- Are committed to making the right choices.
- Make an effort to stand up for the right thing and not being influenced by peer pressure.
- Are positive influences on others in their schools.
- Are positive role models among their peers.
- Recognize and remember what the B.L.A.S.T. instructors taught them throughout the year.
Most of the schools require the students to write essays at the end of each school year explaining what B.L.A.S.T. means to them. Then, the deputies review and vote on the essays to determine the winners.
Any questions about the B.L.A.S.T. program, please contact Sgt. Donna Morris at 770-942-2121.