Frank First-Graders Receive Backpacks and Pizza from Local Police Officers
Frank Elementary first-graders recently had special guests during their lunch time. Police officers serving the Guadalupe community gathered at the school to distribute colorful backpacks full of school supplies along with a $20 gift certificate to Payless Shoe Store to every first-grader. After the students received their backpacks, police officers handed out pizza slices and police department stickers to students!
The donation event at Frank Elementary was made possible by the Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support (Arizona LEOS), a non-profit organization. Arizona LEOS provides a framework for community members, civic groups, businesses, and educational leaders to support proactive programs that bring together law enforcement and the community that they serve.
“Arizona LEOS believes in putting the community into community policing,” said Arizona LEOS President Cindy Hill. “Every police officer that is here today has volunteered their time to engage with the Frank Elementary community.”
As a unique town situated between Tempe and Phoenix, Guadalupe has three different police departments that support their community. Police officers from the Tempe Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and Maricopa Community College Police Department were all represented at this event.
“The best part of the experience for me was the joy that was seen on the faces of all individuals who participated,” said Maricopa Community College Police Officer Kyle Gates. “From the teachers, to the officers, the volunteers, and the students. After the event, each individual who participated was filled with joy in their hearts knowing that what they were part of was positive and the impact could last a lifetime.”
Many first-graders had been learning about police officers and their important role in our community that week and were prepared to give officers a special hand-drawn thank-you note. The big smiles and warm welcome to the police officers remains the biggest highlight from the event.
“These types of events are so important because they can have a potential lasting positive ripple effect in shaping and changing the future relationships between the community and the police,” said Gates. “Alma Powell nailed it when she said, ‘There is no better investment of time and money than in the life of a child. They are the future.’”
Thank you Arizona LEOS and police officers serving the Guadalupe community who volunteered their time and helped put together this fantastic donation. We are so appreciative for your service to our school communities!