A Wheatley Area Public School student was recognized today for her winning design for the 2022-2023 V.I.P. t-shirt artistic design contest.
The plaque and winning design t-shirt were presented to Jordyn Lafaive by the Wheatley Optimist Club and Special Constable Koldyk of the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Section of Chatham-Kent Police Service.
Jordyn’s design will be worn by all of the V.I.P. graduates in the public schools within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and all of the schools in Wallaceburg. .
V.I.P. t-shirt sponsors throughout Chatham-Kent include the Optimist Clubs of Blenheim, Bothwell, Chatham, Wallaceburg and Wheatley, Bothwell Legion Branch 252, Merlin Knights of Columbus, Merlin Kinsmen and Merlin Legion Branch 465, Ridgetown Kiwanis, Thamesville Sertoma and LaSertoma, Our Lady of Beauraing Council #1412 – Knights of Columbus, Dresden Rotary Club, St. Ursula Council #9551 – Knights of Columbus, Tilbury Kinsmen, St. Joseph Council – Tilbury Knights of Columbus, Wallaceburg Knights of Columbus,. Members of each organization attend the VIP graduations to present the students with a VIP t-shirt and to encourage them to be good citizens of our community.
The V.I.P. program has been very effective in establishing positive community-police relationships over the years. Students meet their V.I.P. Officer on six different occasions and build a positive rapport that can last a lifetime. Lessons taught to students include authority and authority figures, youth and the law (shoplifting/vandalism), bike and helmet safety, bullying and making good choices (drugs). The lessons are preventive in nature and allow students to evaluate the consequences of becoming involved in negative behaviour.
Pictured are Mr. Bacik – Principal, Mrs. Hopper – Grade 5 Teacher/Wheatley Optimist Club, Jordan Lefaive and Special Constable Koldyk of the Chatham-Kent Police Service
For further information contact: Special Constable Koldyk of the Crime Prevention Section and Community Safety Section at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-352-4650.