GRIT Program

The Woodridge Police Department in collaboration with Woodridge schools launched an innovative educational program - GRIT. Those that have GRIT possess a special combination of GRIT_Logo_Clean - websitefirmness of character and indomitable spirit to overcome challenges. GRIT is a concept developed by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. that explains perseverance and passion for achieving long-term goals is vital to success. Essentially, GRIT says that the people that work hard, may fail, but are willing to try again, are those most likely to succeed. GRIT will also focus on educating parents regarding the current issues facing our youth.

GRIT is often a better indicator of success than factors such as IQ or family income. The Woodridge Police Department’s GRIT program will highlight perseverance, hard work, and a drive to better oneself – lessons that can have a long-lasting impact to achieve a higher quality of life.

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In April 2021, the St. Scholastica School 6th grade had the final GRIT class of the school year. Officer Bean said these students showed determination and perseverance this year.
Community outreach Officers
Community Outreach Officers are sworn law enforcement officers responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in schools. The Community Outreach Officer is Jeff Bean (jbean@woodridgeil.gov  630-719-2240).

Community Outreach Officers are also available to speak at PTO meetings and local community groups upon request. For example, some topics include cyber bullying, internet safety, and other current trends / issues that help to keep the children of our community safe.

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COO Bean is pictured with Woodridge students. Please see his GRIT video series on the Woodridge Police YouTube channel.