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P.H.A.S.E. 1 program, provides role model for students

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Having a positive male role model can really make a difference in a child's life.

Knowing he can make that difference is just one reason why Bushland Elementary School Resource Officer Tim Nguyen developed the P.H.A.S.E. 1 program.

Whether it's using power tools, learning how to throw a baseball, or simply just shaking hands, Nguyen is taking a different approach at helping students succeed.

"It's a combination of life skills, just basic manners, how to get along, respect, goal setting," he told us. "This is my opportunity to give back to some young men. I'm here for the security aspect of the school but you know what, I have the time and the opportunity to do more than that," he added.

Five students, who are recommended by staff and are in 3rd and 4th grade, have the chance to participate in P.H.A.S.E. 1, an acronym that stands for Police Helping All Students Excel.

The program started in December, with the help of principal Bobbye Morgan.

"It's an opportunity that they may never get, but right now, it's an opportunity that they have where they can blossom and that's what we want them to do," she told us.

But for Nguyen, it's much more than just that. "I'm not here to bring them down, I want to bring them up and help them become leaders, the future leaders of not only just the school district, but our community," he said.

Because his program has been such a success so far, Nguyen has helped set up P.H.A.S.E. 1 at Rolling Hills Elementary School, with their resource officer.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10.

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