NCSO awarded General Mills grant

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a $10,000 grant from the General Mills Foundation on April 6 to assist with funding youth programs such as: Choosing Healthy Activities and Promoting Safety (CHAMPS), Deputies Who Care, and Explorer Program.

The CHAMPS program is taught to every 5th grader in Newton County Schools with subject matters that include: Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse Prevention, Gangs and Violence, Peer Pressure/Bullying, Internet Safety and the ramifications of Methamphetamine and Cocaine use. More than 19,350 students have graduated through the CHAMPS Program. The lives of many families have been changed in the community as a result of this program.

The Explorer Program offers opportunities and training in law enforcement, character building, good citizenship, and fitness for young men and women ages 14 through 21. The Explorers participate in competitions throughout the year where they usually receive 1st and 2nd place awards. After reaching the appropriate age, these young men and woman have the opportunity to become gainfully employed with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information in reference to the NCSO’s Community Outreach and Youth Programs can be found at

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