Kids’ art contest paints picture of Seaford PD’s outreach plans

By Glenn Rolfe
Posted 7/5/22

SEAFORD — A creative spoke in Seaford Police Department’s community outreach is showcasing artistic skills of elementary students.

Twenty-one children submitted pieces for the Riding With the P.A.C.K. (Police and Community Konnections) patch-drawing contest.

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Kids’ art contest paints picture of Seaford PD’s outreach plans

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SEAFORD — A creative spoke in Seaford Police Department’s community outreach is showcasing artistic skills of elementary students.

Twenty-one children submitted pieces for the Riding With the P.A.C.K. (Police and Community Konnections) patch-drawing contest.

Still being developed, Riding With the P.A.C.K. will consist of a group of Seaford officers who will set up an outreach trailer in areas throughout the city to connect with youth by holding bike rodeos, playing sports, assisting with food distribution and more.

The art contest encouraged students to create a patch representing community policing and the goals of connecting with Seaford’s young people.

The winning patch, created by Shania Garcia Silva, will be placed on the trailer and also P.A.C.K.’s pennant.

The second-place drawing was submitted by Katherin Mendez, while the third-place winner was Meztlixochitl Garcia Trujillo.

“What we (asked) them to incorporate were some ingredients — symbols for equality, peace, community, equity and safety,” Chief Marshall Craft said.

The top three students received trophies with their drawings on them, posters with their patches, Chick-fil-A gift cards donated by the Seaford restaurant and Walmart gift cards.

Further, the winning artist earned a 52-inch TV, and the second-place prize was a 30-inch one — items privately donated, said Dr. James C. Bell, Seaford School District’s director of student services.

City Councilman Dan Henderson, who chairs the Seaford Police Chief’s Advisory Board, and Chief Craft said the board had a difficult time deciding the winner.

“All 21 artists, from West Seaford, Fred Douglass and Central (elementary schools), did a fantastic job,” said Chief Craft.

The police department is scheduling outreach events at the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, Nutter Park and Meadowbridge Apartments, with others to be planned.

Additionally, “we hope to be able to partner with the school district for food distribution over summer events,” Councilman Henderson said.