The April 2019 L.E.A.D. publication features Valley View Elementary School as its “School of the Month.”    “I think this is great for Valley View.  Our department is the first department in Tennessee to be featured by LEADs national newsletter,” Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins said.

L-R Valley View Elementary School fifth graders Jessie Bolton, Kylie Christian, Haley Walden and Isaac Helms carry the LEADs’ banner.

L.E.A.D. is Law Enforcement Against Drugs, on the street and in the classroom. The LEADs is in its second year in Campbell County’s fifth grades, replacing the DARE program.   LEADs not only teaches the danger of drugs, it also teaches lots of valuable life skills, Goins said.

Ten LEADs’ lessons began in January of this year at every elementary school in the county; Caryville, Jacksboro, Jellico, La Follette, Valley View, White Oak and Wynn.  Multiple School Resource Officers led LEADs with approximately 400 students graduating each year.

Aside from Goins, also representing the sheriff’s office during the ceremony at VVES were Deputies Wayne Barton and Ty Daugherty along with Chief Deputy Jeremy Goins, Sgt. Josh Vann and K-9 Mya.

Goins expressed his appreciation to VVES Principal Jason Dotson, staff, teachers and some 50 fifth graders for their efforts.  Goins added a big thank you to each Campbell County elementary school administrator and every teacher who allows classroom time for LEADs. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/23/2019-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)