6th Grade EDGE Graduation

6th Grade EDGE Graduation

On Monday, March 8th, OLHMS 6th grade scholars graduated from the Oak Lawn Police Department’s EDGE program. EDGE (EDucation for Gang Evasion) started in 1995 and was designed to meet specific needs of children who are subjected to pressures of gang involvement and activity. 

Throughout the program, students learned about the dangers of gang affiliation, personal safety tips and how to avoid gang related violence, problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision making skills, and meditation techniques as an alternative to physical confrontation. Students also learn that they have a voice in their community. Their voice helps them develop a sense of ownership to help keep their neighborhoods safe.

During the celebration, some of our OLHMS scholars were given the opportunity to read their original poems about their experiences throughout the program and how they pledge to live their lives without drugs and gangs. Congratulations to Jacob S., Nathan L., Eli V., Chloe H., and Zahaira V. for braving the stage and sharing their poems with the 6th grade class and the Oak Lawn Police Department.

Thank you to OLPD for their continued work and support of OLHMS!

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