Battle Creek Police Department Serves as Role Models to Youth
Officer Brice Kerschen with the Battle Creek Police Department mentors Youth at The Salvation Army Battle Creek through a three-month "Citizenship Academy Class." The classes were held during WOW (Worship on Wednesdays) at The Worship & Community Center at 400 Capital Ave NE. Kids learned about everything from the basics of who to call in an emergency to what an officer's uniform consists of.
"Teaching kids about safety early on is crucial. The Citizenship Academy is an excellent opportunity for local children to interact with police officers in a safe and fun environment. Workshops like these are important for a healthy and progressive community," said Officer Brice.
Major Christie Van Zee explains that "our Wednesday WOW youth programming is an opportunity for The Salvation Army volunteer leaders to share the love of Jesus with youth in practical, life-changing ways. The character-building programs build on life's developmental assets that help kids grow into responsible adults in our community. Partnering with Officer Brice is another way to reinforce the hope that that youth who attend WOW will grow up with respect and accountability."
For more information about The Salvation Army community programs or to see how you can get involved, please contact the Battle Creek Worship and Community Center @ 269-963-3640, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm.