New Caney ISD introduces POWER program to middle schools
The Woodridge Forest Middle School classroom was already full of eager sixth graders when Officer Thurman Moore entered to deliver the fifth of six lessons in the new Positive Outreach While Empowering Responsibility (POWER) program series.
Currently in its first year, the POWER program is an initiative of the New Caney Independent School District Police department in which five police officers teach weekly classes at each of the district’s middle schools. The lessons are meant to prepare sixth-grade students for various issues they might encounter, and also works to instill students with the tools needed to succeed.
“The program is designed to cover risk and responsibility; peer pressure; bullying; cyber-bullying; gang awareness; tobacco, alcohol and drug awareness; and also goal setting,” Moore said. “Being the first year, we were a little uneasy because we didn’t know how the kids were going to accept it. But, after the first lesson, I received nothing but positive feedback from not only the teachers but from the students as well. They’re really interested in it. The vast majority of them are actively listening and taking these lessons to heart.”
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