Officer Greg Granderson of the Clarksville, Tennessee, Police Department decided to combine his desire to inspire and motivate children and youth through the G.R.E.A.T. Program with his lifelong love of superhero comic books. The result is his own comic book series honoring the real-life heroes who give their time, energy, and commitment on a regular basis to teach children and youth how to make good choices and become productive members of their communities. Team G.R.E.A.T. is intended as a fun way to reinforce the messages of the G.R.E.A.T. elementary school curriculum, using a superhero comic book format in a futuristic setting. Officer Granderson plans three issues in the series, each addressing two of the elementary curriculum lessons.
Although Officer Granderson sought and received feedback and suggestions from other G.R.E.A.T. instructors and officials, Team G.R.E.A.T. is entirely his creation. Many hours of work went into the design and development of this graphic story. The G.R.E.A.T. Program applauds Officer Granderson for his creativity, perseverance, and dedication to improving the lives of children and youth.
Officer Granderson hopes that other G.R.E.A.T. instructors will be able to use his creation to spur interest among their students who are comic book fans. The first issue of Team G.R.E.A.T., "Decisions and Outcomes," complements Lessons 1 and 2 of the elementary curriculum and is available for download and sharing here.