PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- When the Walmart Neighborhood Market opened on Winters Chapel Road earlier this month, the company donated thousands of dollars to local non-profits including the Gwinnett County Police Department which used the money to help fund its radKIDS program.
radKIDS is a 10-hour empowerment program for children ages 5 through 12. It is taught through mixed lessons and physical activity. The curriculum includes home, school and vehicle safety, out-and-about safety, realistic defense against abduction, good, bad and uncomfortable touch and self- realization of personal power.
Officer Eric Rooks coordinated and implemented radKIDS as well as the Child Safety Seats Checkpoints program and as a result was nominated for the Medal of Merit for the 2013 Valor Awards presented by Mobile Communications and Motorola Solutions.
At the Walmart grand opening, Gwinnett County Commissioner Linnette Howard said Peachtree Corners City Councilman Phil Saad was instrumental in helping to bring Walmart to the Winters Chapel Road area.
"Two years ago, Phil Saad organized getting the information about this great new store and had this great community attend a town hall meeting," she said. "He's an inspirational guy who believes in this community."