“If we can have a positive interaction with youth when we’re not ‘needed’, it can go a long way when or if we are. Sometimes children see first responders when something bad has occurred and they may be undergoing a level of trauma. Seeing a familiar face during that event could be beneficial for both sides.”
August 26 from 10 a.m. to noon community members are invited to the front of the Venango County Courthouse to draw and write positive messages on the sidewalks. “Chalk Our Walk” gives young people and adults a chance to interact with Franklin City Police and State Troopers, share a snack and leave behind something for the community to enjoy. This event is weather permitting and free but participants are encouraged to bring their own chalk.
On September 24 Troop E is hosting it’s fourth annual "Sunny Day Camp" at Union City Jr./Sr. High Schoo rain or shinel. This one day event is geared to special needs kids from, Crawford, Venango, Warren and Erie Counties.
“The program was designed so that no one would be excluded from learning about the law enforcement agencies serving their communities.” According to the State Police press release.
Participants can participate in up-close looks at first responder vehicles, get to meet and talk with police officers and other emergency personnel, play games while enjoying snacks and lunch.. They also receive a certificate and t-shirt to remember the day.
The camp is free.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.for the camp held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,rain or shine. Registration is limited to 100 and must be completed online at www.sunnydaycamp.org.
Go to the Find a Camp Near You tab, scroll down to Troop E Erie and click register now.
They are also looking for volunteers to help out. Questions can be directed to Trooper Michelle McGee in Franklin at 814-676-6596; Trooper Cindy Schick in Meadville at 814-332-6911; or Trooper Andrew Hacke in Erie at 814-898-1641.
“We’re grateful to have positive relationships with our neighbors because we (first responders) live and work here too, and want to have open communication with the public.” said McGee.
“Everyone benefits from community engagement and I hope to provide an atmosphere and opportunity for meeting new people and making connections. I hope parents and organizations encourage young people to take advantage of these community. And who knows, it may open their eyes to a future career path.