Area students participate in Shop With a Cop Program

Members of Cane River Branch of Magnolia State Peace Officers Association took 11 students to Walmart to participate in the Shop With a Cop program earlier this month. Shop With a Cop is a program that recognizes outstanding youth from our community. Students are chosen based on their academic effort, community, school involvement and positive attitude.

The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Young students’ ages 8-13 are selected each year during the end-of-the-year holiday season to shop at one of the local area stores to purchase gifts for themselves and members of their immediate family. Each student is given approximately $100 and assigned to police personnel, who then escort them around the store and assists in selecting age appropriate gifts for themselves and family members. Not only do the officers help them shop they connect by holding conversations with the students in regards, to school, grades, and family. Family members are not allowed to shop with the students. Shop With a Cop is funded by local business and personal donations and Cane River Branch of Magnolia State Peace Officers Association.