C.H.A.M.P.S. is an educational program developed by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association for fifth grade students. It is a highly successful program that is taught in the Walker County School District. The CHAMPS acronym is Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety, which instructs fifth grade students on some 20 topics that young people experience on a daily basis. Topics that range from bullying, peer pressure, alcohol/drug usage, and dealing with stressful situations are just a few of the course topics taught to the students.
Gilbert Elementary School had eighty 5th grade students graduate from the CHAMPS program on Dec. 18. Several family and community members, police officers, Walker County Sheriff Wilson and Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines attended the ceremony to recognize students for their hard work and accomplishments.