The Wilton Manors Police Department and the City of Wilton Manors in partnership with the Principals, Teachers, and Staff from the Wilton Manors Elementary School, Somerset Academy Village, and the Wilton Manors Afterschool program selected students based on their outstanding work so far this school year - whether it was for excelling in school and achieving good grades, showing respect towards others and being well-behaved, showing sportsmanship while being a team player, or just improving in school overall.
The reward for the students was provided this past Saturday, December 17th, 2016 when they attended the 23rd Annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center in the City of Sunrise, FL along with members of our Police Department and City staff members. Wilton Manors Police Chief Paul O'Connell, Commander Gary Blocker, and Community Policing Officer Jennifer Bickhardt attended along with the students selected.
The children were provided with an event t-shirt and transportation to and from the game. Lunch and snacks were also provided to the children before and during the game at no cost to them.
Additionally, the Wilton Manors Police Department and the City of Wilton Manors believe this event and events similar to this allow for us to provide children with not only a fun reward for their achievements, but for a jollier holiday season.