1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
August 27, 2007 00:00
On Wednesday, August 29, 2007, from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., Portland Police Bureau officers will donate their time to take children shopping for back-to-school clothes at the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer, located at 8955 SE 82nd Avenue. Last year, 50 officer’s assisted approximately 100 kids obtain the clothing and school supplies needed to begin the school year. This year, the impact of the program could be even more life altering. The kids and the families participating in this program are required to make a positive impact in the community. They have accomplished this in a variety of ways including, completing Gang Resistance Education and Training Families or volunteering to help in their neighborhoods.
Back-to-school time can be exciting for some kids; filled with new promises and challenges for others. Yet for some of our kids, the idea of going back to school is filled with stress and anxiety. One of those basic causes of nervousness with back to school is the knowledge that kids need clothing, shoes and supplies; and for many, those needs may go unmet.
For the last four years, the Portland Police Bureau, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, ROSE CDC and Fred Meyer have made it a mission to help ease our youth back into the school year feeling confident about themselves. Through these partnerships, nearly 400 young people in the Portland area have received close to $140,000 worth of clothing and school supplies. All of these children have been able to get ready to go back to school with the assistance of a police officer who has volunteered their time to help them shop for back to school clothing and supplies.
In addition to the young people of our community getting ready for school, they have the opportunity to meet and begin building a positive relationship with police officers. This is an opportunity that many youth do not have the chance to do. This aspect of community policing will help our youth feel more confident in their communities and become better citizens.
Sgt. Pete Simpson