The Green Wave Gazette Fall 2016

Major funding for the Green Wave Gazette provided through a generous grant from the AEF Like us on Facebook at T HE G REEN W AVE G AZET TE F ALL 2016 WWW.GREENWAVEGAZETTE.ORG School Resource Officers Are Here to Help Jenny Worden (Page 2) Allison Dennehy ‘18 Associate Editor Abington has followed in the footsteps of all other surrounding towns by obtaining a state grant to have two police officers present in the school system for the next three years. Michelle Bettencourt and Shannon Reeves, both Abington High Alumna (Class of 2006), are our school resource officers. They have actually known each other since they were five-years-old, when they were known as Michelle Franey and Shannon Bray. Officer Bettencourt graduated from American International College in Springfield. Her uncle, Richard Franey, was the police chief in Abington until he retired in 2004, and she aspired to be like him ever since he spoke at her school about his job when she was younger. Officer Reeves graduated from Suffolk University and has always loved the idea and image behind being a police officer. In the schools, the officers’ main I NSIDE THIS ISSUE : Mr. Di Rado (Page 3) Fall Plays (Page 5) Election (Page 6) Abington School Resource Officers Shannon Reeves and Michelle Bettencourt priority is ensuring that all students and faculty are safe. However, they are also here to build positive relationships with the youth in Abington. “The media has definitely taken a negative approach on police, and we want to prevent that because we are here to help everybody. Our job is to help,” said Reeves. said Bettencourt. The officers hope to prevent making arrests and pressing charges, and instead want to work closely with students and parents to find better solutions for problems like bullying. Reeves and Bettencourt work in all of the public schools in Abington, and their relationship with students varies. The officers are here to build rapport According to the officers, the younger with students. They hope to “work with the school and come up with Continued on Page 2 different solutions to solve issues,” Cuba (Page 8) Mike Hazen (Page 9) Acadia (Page 15) Follow us on Twitter @Gwavegazette