Cops for Kids helps children with autism

Curiosity piqued, students at Haugland Learning Center peered through the cellophane covering bundles of gifts Monday afternoon to see what was inside.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 8, 2013

One student, Mandela Carson, 9, left, cautiously eyed what was inside as Bridgette Firestone handed her the present.

All 17 students at the Jackson Street school will receive the packages, chock full of sensory stimulating items collected as part of the Cops for Kids with autism program — first launched by Wakeman police Officer Julianna Trunko.

The program is designed to show children with autism that police officers are good, said Firestone, the coordinator for the Huron County program and whose son, Breydin Firestone, 16, is also a student a Haugland.

Erie County isn’t part of the program’s ninecounty area, but students were allowed to apply to the program and enough donations came in to give every student a basket, Firestone said. “It’s about showing them a cop is a good person, is a nice person,” she said. Normally, officers deliver the baskets to each child’s home.

Comments

winks3006

cell phone covering?

my2

lol - pretty sure they meant cellophane

thinkagain

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shesaidwhat

I wish SPD would do this, I've wanted them to stop by a few times offered to pay for it for my son because he's so scared of strangers as is and is a escape artist I want him to know it's ok to talk to them if for some reason he did get away and I did not know.

Sal Dali

Wonderful idea! Hey winks3006, "Curiosity piqued, students at Haugland Learning Center peered through the cellophane covering bundles of gifts Monday afternoon to see what was inside". If someone hasn't edited this you were reading it wrong. lol