Lee County Sheriff’s Office Cohort Participates in Operation Holiday Stars

Hodges University News

Southwest Florida elementary and middle school students in foster care will have a brighter holiday this year thanks to a project started by students in Hodges University’s interdisciplinary studies cohort program at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Similar to the Shop with a Cop program, the idea behind Operation Holiday Stars is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and youth within the community.

“A few of the students decided to start a service learning project in an effort to utilize the skills learned in class,” said Gail Sabo, Hodges University professor and interdisciplinary studies program chair. Discussing the topic of child welfare, Sabo explained, “Unfortunately, some of the only interaction these foster children have with police officers is when they are being removed from a home. Our students want to build relationships and have positive impacts on the youth and community.”

Collaborating with social workers in the Lee County School District, 20 deserving foster children will be identified to participate in the program. Paired with a law enforcement officer, each child will receive $50 to shop for clothing and toys at participating Walmart locations on December 17 at 11:00 a.m. In addition, the children and volunteers will also receive special t-shirts courtesy of Embroidery Inc.

“The Lee County Sheriff’s Office graciously donated $1,000 worth of Walmart gift cards,” Sabo added. “As students of Hodges University and local police officers, they serve as representatives of the community, and they want to help break down any barriers that may exist.” 

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