Early in 2020, Garrett Clark, who co-owns Rolling Monkey Ice Cream with his wife Meagan, recognized a chance to close the gap between local youth and law enforcement. To foster open communication and foster relationships between cops and young people, he sought to develop some sort of link point.
Garrett Clark created a program that he calls "Caught Doing Good." The idea is really sweet, in a literal sense. A "citation," which qualifies the recipient to free ice cream at the Rolling Monkey, will be given to a young person by Statesboro Police Department officers who observe him or her performing a good deed.
About the initiative, he remarked, "We just saw an opportunity to do a win-win."
"I'm hoping this will be a way for this community leader to be more of an encourager," said the speaker.
"We hope that as an officer is driving by, pulling into the parking lot at Walmart, or doing something similar, if they see a kid helping an elderly person push a cart to their car, picking up trash on the side of the road, or maybe it's on the basketball court, and the big kids are teaching the little kids how to play basketball, these are opportunities for the officers to recognize these good behaviors in our youth," Meagan continues.
The campaign will initially concentrate on local children because that was Garrett's original intention, but they don't intend to stop there. He claims that as they collaborate with other organizations that might wish to support them, they might choose to concentrate on other demographics.
The Statesboro Police Officers Foundation is funding the current campaign and contributed 50 "citations." The epidemic prevented the Clarks from launching the campaign in 2020 as they had hoped.
"We spoke with a few officers to confirm viability, and it appeared to be a hit, but ultimately with everything going on in 2020, we weren't able to allocate the time to see the program through," said Meagan.
But now that the program has officially started, police in Statesboro are searching for young people in the area who are "doing good."
Meagan remarked, "We can't wait to hear all about the wonderful things the youngsters in our community are recognized for.”
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