Program gives outstanding pupils $200 for gifts
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
Shoppers at Marlborough Mall may have noticed an increased police presence yesterday escorting students around, but that wasn’t because the kids were naughty.
The second annual CopShop paired up 27 students from various junior high schools in the area with District 4 cops who volunteered to shop with the outstanding pupils nominated for the program.
Insp. Rob Williams said the partnership between the schools, the mall and the police district is priceless.
“It’s really about developing trust and friendship between the students and the officers. It gives the students a chance to ask the officers questions and get to know them,” he told Metro.
The students were chosen from their schools for being extraordinary students and Marlborough Mall generously donated a $200 gift certificate for shopping in the mall to each student.
“What kid wouldn’t want to skip school for a morning and shop for free? They are excited. And it also gives them a chance to be in a safe environment with people they can trust,” Williams said.
Kim Payne, a police officer for six years, was paired up with 10-year-old Jasmine Tun to shop for an iPod and some Christmas gifts for her family.
“I think this is a really good program for the kids to see police officers aren’t just there to arrest them but we’re there to help them. These are really outstanding students who deserved this,” Payne said.
Jasmine was shy but clearly excited to shop for presents for her family, telling Metro she wanted to buy presents for her brother.