The HISD Police Department introduced a new partnership today with ARAMARK Education to promote positive character building in HISD schools. The Kids with Character mentoring program will recognize elementary students who have displayed outstanding citizenship in their classes.
Twice a month, HISD officers will eat lunch with students who have shown strong character. During the lunch the officers will also serve as role models by showing students how to be good leaders.
Today students at Thompson Elementary school were the first in HISD to be recognized for being “kids of character.” HISD Police Chief Jimmy L. Dotson says the program will give HISD officers a new opportunity to serve as mentors and role models and he believes their presence will boost the sense of security at HISD campuses.
“The Houston ISD Police Department is committed to keeping our students safe and this new innovative program will provide a unique opportunity for our officers to continue to protect our campuses while reaching out to the students,” said Dotson.
ARAMARK Education Resident District Manager Ray Danilowicz says this latest initiative is another way the company is committed to promoting student excellence. “For 15 years ARAMARK Education has provided management of the food service program at HISD, serving healthy meals that fuel the students’ academic day. This latest initiative is just one of the many ways ARAMARK Education is committed to helping all students flourish,” said Danilowicz.
The Kids with Character will also receive Certificates of Recognition.