The gymnasium at Dower Elementary School was a flurry of activity Dec. 16 as 15 Lakewood police officers and department staff hurriedly stuffed food into grocery bags in a makeshift assembly line. Their mission was clear—help feed 140 families in Clover Park School District’s Head Start program, an early learning program for families prenatal to five.
In less than 30 minutes, the gym floor was lined with 140 meal bags, which contained a turkey, ham, canned vegetables, biscuits, potatoes, stuffing and more. This is the second year that the Lakewood Police Department has provided food for Clover Park families, which is purchased with funds from the Lakewood Police Independent Guild charity fund. Some officers even make personal contributions.
“It’s nice to be able to do things like this for our community, especially the kids,” said Investigator Shirley MacLamore, a former School Resource Officer. “Getting involved in these types of projects shows the community a different side of law enforcement officials. It’s fun.”
“We are so grateful to the Lakewood Police Department for their continued generosity,” said Deana Tuttle, Clover Park School District’s Head Start Coordinator. “We are all working together to ensure our children and families have the support that they need. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our children to interact with the officers and I am so proud of our Head Start staff and their hard work to aid in this endeavor. They are truly an asset to the district.”Print This Post