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Camp STAR teaches community service, lets deputies mentor kids

A summer program gives school resource officers a chance to mentor kids in a fun environment. The Henderson County Sheriff's Department's Camp STAR (Sheriffs Teaching Abuse Resistance) is a series of sessions held throughout the summer for 5th-graders. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A summer program gives school resource officers a chance to mentor kids in a fun environment.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Department's Camp STAR (Sheriffs Teaching Abuse Resistance) is a series of sessions held throughout the summer for 5th-graders.

It's taught by school resource deputies and school health nurses, and as the name implies, is meant to help stop children from ever abusing drugs.

On Monday, Camp STAR included lunch at flat rock pizza.

Three hundred and sixty STAR students will go on field trips and even more importantly, they'll do community service projects while interacting closely with school resource deputies.

"It's really fun," said Peyton, a Camp STAR student. " They teach (us) to be respectful. They encourage you to have fun."

"I'm learning not to bully. If I ever did, I learned to stop right away," added Lex, another student.

Along with pizza, the students also toured downtown Hendersonville and the sheriff's department today.


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