FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 20, 2014
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently visited the George F. Kelly Elementary School in Chelsea to attend a City–Wide Summer Camp Cultural Day event held by Community Action Programs Inter–City, Inc. (CAPIC).
Community Action Programs, Inter City, Inc. is a private non–profit corporation chartered in 1967 designed to identify and eradicate the root causes of poverty in Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. To this end, the organization offers a number of programs and services, one of which is the Chelsea City–Wide Special Summer Camp Program.
The program provides area youth between the ages of 5–12 years old with a positive and rewarding summer camp experience by offering a wide array of activities that develop life skills in a positive, healthy, and fun environment. The program also allows parents/guardians to maintain full year employment, confident that their children are off of the streets and receiving structured direction and recreation from a team of dedicated staff.
Each year, the organization hosts an event that enables participants to showcase their completed summer’s work, including arts and crafts and various dance performances that represent countries from around the world.
While offering praise for the positive, community–oriented nature of the program, Sheriff Tompkins also spoke about the surprise he received from its participants.
“About a month ago, I was invited to come see what the kids were doing and I was so blown away that I wanted to come back,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “The last time I was here, they were doing arts and crafts and I really enjoyed what I saw, so a group of kids actually made me a piece of artwork. I’m going to take it with me and put it in my office and make sure that everyone who comes into my office sees it.”
“Clearly, being the Sheriff, I’d rather see kids here doing this than getting in trouble and having to come see me, so, I applaud all of you youngsters,” Sheriff Tompkins continued. “In the Commonwealth [of Massachusetts], we have far too many of our kids getting into trouble, so, it does my heart good to see all of the families here to support their youngsters, to keep them out of trouble, and to keep them on the right path to do the right thing.”
For more information regarding Community Action Programs Inter–City, Inc., visit www.capicinc.org.