MPS students attend annual I-LEAD field trip - Montgomery Alabama news.

MPS students attend annual I-LEAD field trip

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Nearly 130 fifth grade students from Montgomery Public Schools visited the Montgomery Police Department training facility Thursday for an educational field trip on Thursday. The students came from five different schools to take part in the I-LEAD program.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, and Montgomery Police Department work together to support the program in an effort to teach MPS fifth graders about education, bullying, truancy, economics, making wise choices and choosing the right friends.

Program leaders selected their target audience because they said evidence-based curriculum showed fifth grade to be a crucial time.

“I think that fifth grade is important because once they get to middle school, somewhere in the middle there, we lose them,” DA Daryl Bailey said. “They get in there, and they get mixed with other schools and they have so many teachers who can’t give them that one-on-one attention that they can in elementary school.”

Thursday’s event highlighted the importance of education and forming good, trusting relationships with law enforcement. Students got to hear from Auburn University football star Marlon Davidson, and other current and former collegiate athletes about their own testimony of the importance of getting a good education- even while being high-achieving athletes.

They also experienced K-9, helicopter, and driving training with MPD and ALEA officials.

“It’s so important for the kids to see law enforcement officers outside of what they see on TV, in their neighborhoods or wherever,” Bailey said.

Bailey said the I-LEAD program is extremely important and is a reflection that local law enforcement is passionate about keeping young people out of the criminal justice system.

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