Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Hosts S.T.A.R. Program Graduation and Awards Presentation
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 22, 2020
program stands for 'Success Through Awareness and Restoration'
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I had the distinct pleasure recently of recognizing an outstanding program that former Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn and our agency created 2 years ago called S.T.A.R.
The program stands for Success Through Awareness and Restoration, where students at the Alternative Learning Centers who were experiencing discipline or performance-based issues were provided a second chance and mentored with leadership, character, and integrity to encourage improvement and a desire to succeed.
In only its second year, we recognized four students for successfully completing the program after accepting the challenge by returning to their mainstream schools and proudly graduating with their classmates.
It’s truly difficult to describe just how proud I am of both the students who have worked so hard to accomplish so much to become successful members of their community rather than giving up and potentially resorting to crime, as well as those who are committed to ensuring these children had a chance to succeed.
In all, 26 students were recognized with certificates of compliance and rewarded by returning to their respective schools to further their education, and four not only returned back to their schools as seniors but graduated this year with the brightest of futures ahead of them.
I literally can’t thank everyone involved in this outstanding program but would like to personally recognize BPS Assistant Principal Rebecca Tagye for her leadership and commitment to these children.
Additionally, I would like to personally thank Lieutenant Robbie Stokes, Lieutenant Brian Neal, Corporal Linda McLaughlin, Corporal Nicole Contos, Corporal Jeremy Mullin and Specialist Theresa Waller for their passion and dedication to each of these children.
Please join me in congratulating these incredible students for refusing to give up after experiencing difficult challenges to succeed and these wonderful mentors for making a second chance not only a possibility but a reality!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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