V.I.P. T-Shirt Contest Winners
The V.I.P. (Values, Influences and Peers) Program was established in 1982 through a cooperative effort between the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Education. Topics covered in the V.I.P. program include Authority and Authority Figures; Victims and Vandals; Shoplifting is Theft; Bullying and the Law and Drugs. The overall message to the students is that it is critical that they make good choices.
V.I.P. helps students:
• To become aware of the values of Canadian society such as responsibility, peace, patience, kindness, honesty, self-control and tolerance.
• To accept responsibility for their actions.
• To gain insight that will help them in making wise choices when confronted with negative peer pressure.
• To develop respect for the rights of others and for the law.
• To build a positive relationship of trust and understanding with an officer.
This year, Payton Newham of Merlin Area Public School won the V.I.P. t-shirt contest for the Lambton-Kent District School Board. This contest was sponsored by the Chatham Optimist Club. Her winning design will be displayed on all of the t-shirts in the public school system across Chatham-Kent as well as all of the schools in Wallaceburg. Payton was presented a plaque by Steve Tuinstra of the Chatham Optimist Club and Special Constable Brenda Koldyk of the Chatham-Kent Police Service.
Mercy Wysman from Georges P. Vanier Separate School won the V.I.P. t-shirt contest for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. She was presented a plaque by Special Constable Tamara Dick of the Chatham-Kent Police Service.
On behalf of everyone here at the Chatham-Kent Police Service, congratulations Payton and Mercy.