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Choose Not to Lose

In the spring of 2013, the community’s newest youth outreach program, “Choose Not to Lose,” was introduced to the public and, in conjunction, with this introduction, seven new Jeep Wranglers were unveiled for the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Evansville Police Department.Each Jeep has been assigned to a School Resource Officer and artfully covered to reflect the high school district the vehicle has been assigned represent. The Jeeps and the artwork were donated by Bennett Motors and Audubon Chrysler Center.

“Choose Not to Lose” is a long-term commitment from community partners who came together to make it happen. The program is supported through donations and volunteers and all of the activities are free. The program stresses the importance of making good choices.

The first phase of the program is to reach out to students and let them know that there are consequences for all choices, good and bad. Many times young people feel only the bad choices receive attention.The goal is to change that belief by recognizing the positive choices being made on a daily basis and to re-enforce good behavior.

All students who earn a citizenship award at their school will be eligible to participate in program activities. Students who do not earn their citizenship award will be encouraged to improve and will receive guidance to help them become successful.

The program is also designed to create friendships between students of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville’s Catholic schools, and local law enforcement officers.

Age appropriate activities are planned to “drive” the message home including coloring books for the youngest students to summer camps for the older ones. Activities will be conducted throughout the school year to keep the students involved and to reward good citizenship.

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