Help the kids, play some golf

We are fortunate in this community to have so many worthwhile organizations raising money for important causes.

One such event upcoming next month is the Bedrock Classic golf tournament, which benefits Project SAFE. Now in its 19th year, all proceeds from the tournament go directly to the program — Students Are For Education. The course is taught by school resource officers with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

“All the money raised by the tournament goes back to the kids of Coweta County, not the sheriff’s office,” Lt. Stephen Crook, who heads up the program, said in a recent interview.

SAFE is taught in all 21 elementary schools in the county to all fifth-graders one day per week for 12 weeks. Other courses are taught to younger students throughout the year. Each week focuses on a different topic — consequences of using drugs, help with self-esteem, stress, violence, gangs, Internet safety and more.

The sheriff’s office doesn’t have to do this program, nor do they have to pay for the officers who run it. But they do. Any study on kids will tell you habits and personalities develop mostly at an early age. In other words, bring them up right and there’s a much greater chance they’ll stay on that path.

We encourage local residents to join in supporting this important program. SAFE is funded entirely by donations. The golf tournament will be held Nov. 1 at Orchard Hills Golf Course located south of Newnan. Families, businesses, churches and other organizations can sponsor a hole for $100. To enter, the cost is $75 per player or $300 per team.

If you just want to make a donation, checks can be sent to the sheriff’s office and made out to Project SAFE.

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, play a little golf and benefit all the children of Coweta County.



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