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SRO summer camp kicks off in Huntsville

More than 100 children went back to school Monday for a special summer camp hosted by school resource officers. More than 100 children went back to school Monday for a special summer camp hosted by school resource officers.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

More than 100 children went back to school Monday for a special summer camp hosted by school resource officers.

About 150 fifth and sixth graders from Huntsville and Madison County schools packed the gym at Columbia High School for day one of the special program.

SROs from Huntsville Police and the Madison County Sheriff's Department will spend the week teaching the students the importance of staying away from gangs, drugs and bullying.

The annual camp is designed as an educational camp but also one that introduces young students to the officers they may see at school in the future.

"It's also to help them feel comfortable around a sheriff's deputy or a police officer when they go into middle school and they'll see a deputy or an officer and feel a little more comfortable around them and be more likely to engage with them and talk to them," Huntsville Police Sergeant Stacy Bates said.

Students who performed well in the 2012-2013 school year were chosen to participate in the camp.

Officers make sure the program is fun, too. The students will head to Lake Winnepesaukah Park in Chattanooga for a field trip on Friday.

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