Grade five student wins award for designing t-shirt
Grade five student Marly Pollock came up with a winning design that got the attention of the Chatham Kent Police Service Crime Prevention and Community Safety Section Officers.
The plaque presented today for the winning design for the 2014-2015 VIP t-shirt design contest was presented by a member of the Optimist Club of Chatham and Special Constable Randi Hull and Brenda Koldyk of the Chatham-Kent Police Service Crime Prevention and Community Safety Section.
Thirty-nine schools across Chatham-Kent are participating in the Values, Influences and Peers Program this school year. Ten schools in Chatham are sponsored by the Optimist Club of Chatham whose motto is: “A Friend of Youth.”
Optimist Club members attend each of the VIP graduations; they present the students with a VIP t-shirt, congratulate them and encourage them to be good citizens of our community.
The V.I.P. program has been very effective in establishing positive community-police relationships over the years. Students meet their VIP officer on six different occasions and build a positive rapport that can last a lifetime. Lessons taught to students such as shoplifting awareness, victims and vandals, the dangers of drugs and bullying. Topics also include how laws are preventive in nature and the program allows students to evaluate the consequences of negative behaviour before they are caught up in it.