The Spirit of Giving and Safety

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Wedgewood Middle School and the Columbus Division of Police have teamed up to give back. On Nov. 17, members of the Teen and Police Service (T.A.P.S) program hosted an event after school hours called “The Spirit of Giving and Safety” that aimed to give back to the community through food donation drives, lessons on personal safety, games, and meet-and-greets with different units within the law enforcement division. Principal Jenny Mead said the school was thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with local community partners in order to benefit the school community and the neighborhood at large. Local families in need were given bags of essential food items, shown here being assembled by Vanessa Savage (left), a family ambassador at Wedgewood Middle, and Leslie Bowman, a team member of GetCr8v.
Visitors were invited to write a message stating what they were thankful for at the event. Here, Columbus Police Officer Kofi Owusu-Ansah shares that he is thankful for being a part of T.A.P.S, which he said has a profound effect on both the students and the officers participating in the program. “It offers us a chance to interact with kids, learn about what is going on in their lives, listen to their issues and, in turn, we can hopefully help them make positive decisions or help them move forward in a positive direction.” All of the messages will be displayed in the school as a source of ongoing inspiration for students and staff.
Heather Gibson and her daughter, Faith were able to meet Annie and Officer Sandy Silva of the division’s mounted unit.

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