The Leadership Stockton Class of 2016 is pleased to announce their class project will be completed on Saturday, April 23rd. Partnering with the Stockton Police Department, their project is: P.E.A.C.E. - Police Encouragement And Community Engagement. Over the past year, they have worked diligently on fundraising to procure enough funds to give the exterior of the Police Department a facelift.
They raised $40,000 for the project. Many local businesses donated cash as well as in-kind services to assist in the completion of the P.E.A.C.E. project. The past several months the members of the class painted handrails, end-caps in parking area, dug out old plants, replaced with new plants, installed a new irrigation system in all flower beds, and trimmed the magnolia trees. The exterior paint is being completed this week.
The intent of the class project was to show local law enforcement our appreciation for the safety they provide to our community, as well as to help the children of our community know that police officers are there to help and support them.
Their final workday will be Saturday, April 23rd, which will include a short program and rose planting ceremony. Class spokespersons Ryan Haggerty, of Haggerty Construction and Claire Brumley of F&M Bank will be addressing the crowd. Sandy Huber, director of the University Park World Peace Rose Garden will be providing roses that will ceremoniously be planted by Chief Jones. The community is invited to attend. The ceremony will take place at the site of the project: Stockton Police Department, 22 E. Market Street, Stockton.
When Chief Jones learned of this year's class project benefiting the Stockton Police Department, he was honored. He stated, "To the 2015-16 Leadership Stockton Class, I sincerely thank you, and the entire SPD thanks you, for your willingness to lift up SPD during a very challenging time in history. Together, we can continue to bring public safety and our wonderful community into an ongoing, strengthened partnership."
Leadership Stockton was created thirty-four years ago through the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce with the intent to create and develop community leaders. By developing enlightened, educated and motivated community leaders from all backgrounds and areas of our community, we can continue to transform Stockton. Since its inception, more than 795 participants have graduated from the program.
For more information on how you can support the Class of 2016 please visit www.peaceforstockton.com