Community Connections just wrapped up a five week Prevention Education Program for kids in Princeton. On September 15th, they’ll be ready to launch the program again at the new Princeton Substation on Mercer Street.
Community Connections partnered with the City of Princeton and the Princeton Police Department to create the "Princeton Police Explores" program. The majority of the kids enrolled are between the ages of 7-11. The kids meet for two hours on Saturday afternoons, utilizing the "Elementary Students Against Destructive Decisions" curriculum. The books are kid friendly, addressing real life topics, such as addiction, abuse and safety.
"The material is appropriate and sensitive to children’s developmental needs," said Kathrn Kandas, Program Director for Community Connections. "There are activities in the book, they can either color or draw along."
Kandas says a police officer reads to the kids and helps answer any of their questions in the curriculum.
"By having other individuals come in from the community to enforce that, it’s helpful," Kandas said.
September’s topics will include distracted driving and suicide. Kandas says the goal of the program is two-fold.
"First, to create the substation as a place of resource where kids view law enforcement as someone friendly," Kandas said. "We also want to provide an educational angle to the kids while learning from police officers."
Parents wanting to enroll their kids in the program can visit the new Princeton Substation on Mercer Street on Saturday, September 15th. Parents are encouraged to arrive at 1 p.m. and the first forty kids will be enrolled into the program.