Monte rallies kids to safety and respect in Florence

Posted at 4:39 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 19:55:30-05

FLORENCE – Ravalli County law enforcement and schools are teaming up with one bodacious bear to teach students how to stay safe and be better Bitterroot citizens.

The Ravalli County DUI Task Force and Tobacco Free Program is focusing on all the schools in the valley, building upon their previous outreach efforts to teach 5th and 8th graders about the dangers of impaired driving.

DUI Task Force Coordinator Glenda Wiles says the new program, which debuted with the help of Monte at Florence-Carlton Schools on Friday, is aimed at 3rd graders using a coloring book to help them learn about traffic safety, using seat belts and making good choices.

It also builds stronger relationships between law enforcement and students, especially with School Resource Officer Matt Reynolds and Undersheriff Travis McElderry, escorting the famous bruin from class-to-class.

Monte was a little challenged to run into some ’Cat fans on the eve of the big game, especially when the idea is making good choices! But at the end of the day, the program is all about being as positive as possible.

The program will continue to hold assemblies at schools throughout the valley in the coming months.

For more information you can contact:

Glenda M. Wiles
DUI Task Force Coordinator
215 S. 4th Street, Suite A
Hamilton, MT. 59840

Monte Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
Ravalli County School Resource Officer Matt Reynolds and Undersheriff Travis McElderry host Monte at Florence-Carlton school Friday. (Dennis Bragg photo)