Character Counts Partners with Annapolis Police Department

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Character Counts Mid Shore’s Winners Walk Tall program headed west across the Chesapeake Bay to partner with the City of Annapolis’ Police Department after receiving a call from Miguel Dennis, APD Director of Professional Standards.  Dennis, a former Character Coach at St. Michaels Elementary School, knew the program would benefit the youth in the Annapolis area.  Georgetown East Elementary School’s grade 4 was targeted.  Members of the Annapolis Police Department were trained as Coaches and matched with classrooms.

The Character Counts program at GEES was a huge success”, Dennis remarked. “The program was enthusiastically embraced by school personnel, students and coaches.  We look forward to the 2017-2018 school year with another opportunity to teach our younger citizens.”

Front row – Officer B. Coppage; Cpl. A. Miguez; Ms. A. Woytko; Ms. M. Ross; Ms. P. Norris and Cpl. K. Freeman. Back row – Sgt. N. Vaden; Mr. J. Hudson; Chief S. Baker; Lt. K. Krauss; Firefighter K. Smith; Mr. M. Dennis.

An awards celebration was held in May and a Character Counts bench was presented to the school by the APD coaches.

Principal of the school, Mr. Andre Dillard stated, “The program was a complete success! The officers and staff of the Annapolis Police Department were extremely professional and friendly. They were able to build a strong rapport with our students and staff. They also implemented the pillars of the program with complete fidelity. We look forward to having the Character Counts program and the Annapolis Police Department with us for the upcoming school year and for years to come.”

CCMS Executive Director, Susan Luby added, “Youth need a solid foundation of values and to build relationships with law enforcement officers.  This is a win-win opportunity for both the students at Georgetown East and APD.  We are thrilled to expand our programs that make a positive difference in the communities.”

No mid shore funding was used to support the program in Annapolis.  For more information about Character Counts Mid Shore, visit www.charactercountsmidshore.com or call 410-819-0386.

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