Another Project Hope Success

Another Project Hope Success

Project Hope after-school program is an opportunity for kids from a Title 1 school to learn like skills, decision making, stress management, communication skills and build self-esteem. The program strives to help students and families build positive relationships with our local police department in order to strengthen the community.

“I want to be a police officer when I grow up!”

— Student participant

The most recent program took place at Hutchison Elementary School. The program began with a soft introduction with the group to calm fears, a game and social interactions to gain a sense of trust with the police officers. The students and officers played Uno together, and the students knew more about the game than the officers which allowed them to feel confident in a leadership position. Then everyone helped create a flag made up of handprints and then discussed the importance of how everyone is united. The culminating event was a basketball game with all the students. At the end of the day one student said, “this was the best part of my day.” The officers did a great job of involving all the kids and making it a playful, positive experience.  Overall, the program was a huge success as the students progressed from originally being scared of interacting with the police to admiring them and loving the experience.