Encouraging young people to do their best in school is not easy, sometimes just helping them with self-esteem is a big boost. Wilmington Police may have found a way to do just that in conjunction with the American Beauty Academy in Pennsylvania.
Police Corporal Kennita Champion, who’s assigned to the William Hicks Anderson Community Center saw a need to help some of the kids who would be returning to school and thought of a way to help. Her fellow Officers stepped up and contributed their own funds to see her idea brought to fruition.
Champion worked closely with the American Beauty Academy who did their work at a reduced rate and Crazy Discount Beauty Supply Store who also donated supplies. Even better the American Beauty Academy is using the money that they charged to return to another charity!
6Abc.com interviewed Champion who said “You want to have a higher level of self confidence- sometimes going in on first day if school you don’t have your hair done, your nails done. You don’t want to be the target,”
More than 20 girls aged between 8 and 12 were treated to hair styling and nail treatments for their first day at school thanks to the efforts of all involved. They got to spend time with Officers at the salon as well which for some of them may have been the first time they saw a Police Officer in a non confrontational or non stereo typical light.
These children will most certainly have better self-esteem when they go to school because of this generous and thoughtful deed that Officer Champion sparked. Wilmington Police Officers, the American Beauty Academy and William Hicks Community Center show how Police, Community and Private business can support each other making their community a better place to live.