Youth Get Boost to Book Bags

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:42 a.m. September 19, 2014

Elementary schoolchildren in South Etobicoke were presented with school supplies at an after-school barbecue at Toronto Police College on September 17.

A man and woman at a table full of markers, pencil cases and notebooks that children are choosing from on the other side of the table
Kids collect school supplies collected by the Divisional Policing Support Unit

Organized by the  Divisional Support Policing Unit(DPSU) with assistance from LAMP Community Health Centre (CHC) and community partners, about 200 students from four area schools were invited to the event.

LAMP CHC is a multi-service community-based organization that provides myriad programs and services to neighbourhood residents.

“Many of the young people in the community come from challenged backgrounds, where their parents are unable to provide much for them,” said Dwane Abbott, a LAMP youth outreach worker. “Getting school supplies and interacting with the police to build bridges are good things for the young people around here.”

Two boys sitting at a table, one boy blows on a ping pong ball in a series of six cups
Children participate in games after a BBQ

This is the first time that DPSU has organized the event.

“It’s something we would like to do annually,” said Constable Luke Watson. “We have been working with LAMP over the last two years and we have identified young people living between Fifth and Eighth Sts. who come from low-income households and are in need of some help. This is our way giving back something to the community.”

Among the community partners that contributed to the event were Target, Staples, Dollarama and the 22 Division Community Police Liaison Committee.

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