Police, Legion offer $100 bond for children in coloring contest

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – First-graders in the Tupelo Public School District can sharpen their coloring skills and win a $100 savings bond.
The Tupelo Police Department and American Legion Post 49 are teaming up to offer a $100 savings bond to first-graders for a monthly coloring contest.
American Legion Post 49 spokesman Brad Davis said the coloring contest was created in hopes of building lifelong positive relationships between police and children.
“We read an article in the Daily Journal about how kids are sometimes afraid of police so the American Legion decided to do this as a way of building trust by starting with kids while they are young,” Davis said. “We believe it is beneficial to everyone when kids know that police are their friends.”
Davis said he already has some local businesses on board to donate money for the savings bonds and the Tupelo Police Department donated the first $100. Police Chief Tony Carleton said when Davis came to him with the idea he didn’t hesitate to join.
“It’s good to see organizations like the American Legion working to better the community for everyone,” said Carleton. “Good police and community relations start with the children. We are very glad to be a part of this and we hope the program grows.”
The first bond will be given to a first-grader at one of Tupelo’s five schools in November. Davis said the first week in every month a new winner will be chosen and awarded the savings bond. Police will have the task of judging the coloring contest to choose the winner.
Right now only city schools are included, but Davis said he hopes the program branches off into Lee County and other areas.
“We need the local business community to get involved,” he said. “This is for the future of our children and of Tupelo, so I hope everyone joins in to help out.”
For information on the program or to donate money, contact Davis at (662) 397-4328.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.