May 27, 2011

Wyden, Chief Reese Visit Anti-Gang G.R.E.A.T. Program Graduates at Parkrose Middle School on Wednesday, June 1

Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Gangs Resistance Education and Training program that helps kids stay out of gangs

Who:               Senator Ron Wyden;

                              Portland Police Chief Michael Reese;

                        Parkrose School Superintendent Dr. Karen Fischer Gray;

                              City of Portland officials


What:             Meet with 270 6th graders who graduated from the G.R.E.A.T program


When:             10 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

Where:           Parkrose Middle School

11800 NE Shaver


Portland, OR – The Gangs Resistance Education and Training program that gives students the tools they need to avoid becoming involved in gangs celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Senator Ron Wyden and Portland Police Chief Michael Reese will note the anniversary by meeting with 270 students of Parkrose Middle School who have graduated from the program. Last month, Wyden joined with city and county officials to say that that with gang violence on the increase now is not the time to reduce federal spending on anti-gang programs. G.R.E.A.T is one of those programs.