‘Kids with Character’ Mentoring Program Debuts in Select HISD Schools

HISD Police, Aramark Education partner to promote character building

The HISD Police Department, together with Aramark Education, has launched a new partnership devoted to promoting positive character building in HISD schools.

The “Kids with Character” mentoring program will recognize elementary students who have displayed outstanding citizenship in their classes. The program kicks off with a festive event on Monday, February 3, at 11 a.m. at Sherman Elementary School, 1901 McKee, Houston, Texas, 77009.

“The Kids with Character program is a wonderful opportunity for HISD police officers to interact with and mentor students in HISD,” HISD Police Chief Robert Mock said. “Students gain valuable perspective from the officers for doing the right things for the right reasons.”

The kick-off will include a celebratory lunch for the first group of “Kids with Character” from Sherman and HISD police officers, as well as a training session for participating campus coordinators. A “Kid with Character” is a student who promotes responsibility, fairness, citizenship, caring, honesty and respect in their school.

Twenty schools will participate in the program, which aims to reduce disciplinary issues and absences by recognizing students for being role models for their peers. Each month, 10 students at each participating school will be recognized during a celebratory lunch with the HISD police officer assigned to their school.

“For 15 years, Aramark Education has provided management of the food service program at HISD, serving healthy meals that fuel students’ academic day,” said Ray Danilowicz, Executive General Manager of Aramark Education/HISD Food Services. “This latest initiative is just one of the ways Aramark Education is committed to helping all students flourish.”

During the monthly lunch, students will receive special certificates from the assigned police officer for becoming a “Kid with Character.” Students who maintain their “Kid with Character” status will be recognized during a special end-of-year program. Lunch for all participating officers will be provided by Aramark Education.