Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2008  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Senator Boxer Attends Graduation of San Bernardino Students from Federally Funded Gang Prevention Program  


San Bernardino, CA – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today attended the graduation ceremony for thirty-two sixth graders completing a federally funded gang prevention program at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in San Bernardino.

Senator Boxer said,"I am proud of these students, their families and their teachers for what they are doing to stop violence and make our communities safe again.  Since I learned of the tragic death of 11-year-old Mynisha Crenshaw, I have been personally involved in working with community leaders to help give San Bernardino's young people the tools and resources they need to avoid gangs and violence and to succeed in school and in life.  The GREAT program is an important part of that effort and I am honored to be a part of it."

The students are the first class to graduate from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program in San Bernardino.  The GREAT program emphasizes violence prevention, life skills, and the avoidance of destructive behaviors.  It also promotes a positive bond between youth and law enforcement.  As part of the Fiscal Year 2008 omnibus appropriations bill Senator Boxer helped secure more than $734,000 in federal funding for after school and gang prevention programs in San Bernardino County, including $312,550 for the GREAT program and $421,995 to help the San Bernardino Boys and Girls Club expand its programs and renovate its facilities.

During the ceremony, Senator Boxer presented an Excellence in Education Award to Officer Denise Curtis, who supervises the GREAT program at the school.  Also present at the event were U.S. Representative Joe Baca, San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and School Superintendent Dr. Arturo Delgado.