This week, law enforcement officers in HISD and across the
country will be celebrated for their service and sacrifice as part of Law
Enforcement Appreciation Week.
The annual observance was created in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which the date falls as Law Enforcement Appreciation Week.
“Every year we use this time to reflect on the value of peace
officers to our society and the immense sacrifices they make on a daily basis
to protect the community,” HISD Police Chief Paul Cordova said. “During this
week we want to honor both the living and the dead who have dedicated their
lives to serve others.”
Grab your markers, crayons, and No. 2 pencils, because registration is now open for the HISD Police Department’s third annual art contest in honor of Police Appreciation Week.
Aspiring artists in the fifth grade are free to use any type of material to showcase their inner Picasso in this year’s contest. Artwork can be submitted by individual HISD students or on behalf of an entire HISD classroom.
Designed to recognize Police Appreciation Week, which kicks off on May 15, the contest aims to help students visualize the work performed by police officers and, perhaps, go on to choose a career in law enforcement.
The Houston Independent School District will introduce a new law enforcement mentoring program during the upcoming Parent Night event. HISD’s Parent Engagement Department has partnered with the HISD Police Department, METRO Police Department, and Houston Police Department to create a mentoring program for at-risk students. The officers will serve as mentors at Peck Elementary School, and Attucks, Cullen, Deady, Jackson, Key, McReynolds, Sugar Grove, and Welch middle schools. Former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. will serve as the keynote speaker. In 1995, Dr. Harris became the first African-American to walk in space.
Who: HISD Parent Engagement Department, HISD Police, METRO Police, and the Houston Police departments, former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., HISD students, parents, and administrators.
What: The HISD Parent Engagement Department will announce a new law enforcement mentorship program in partnership.
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012: 6p.m.-8p.m.
Where: Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center , 4400 West 18th Street