SAFE PASSAGE is the Thousand Oaks anti-gang project aimed at redirecting impoverished youth to a better and brighter future.
The event was held on January 16, 2017.
40 children were transported from Warwick to Barnes and Noble and arrived at 8:00 am sharp to a private event. Volunteers came to help join and greet the kids that came. Among those people, the TOPCF hired youth explorers, VIPs, and Reserve Deputies to assist.
Upon arrival, each individual child was matched with a VIP, Explorer, TOPCF board member, or reserve officer. Next, these children got to walk around the entire bookstore with their assigned buddy who helped the kids pick out books that the child liked, and then proceeded to start reading that book with their assigned buddy. It is a great practice where the children are able to associate reading and learning with fun.
At around 9:30 am, the children were then taken to the AMC Muvico. The children’s experience was not over: TOPCF arranged for a private showing and food for the kids at the theater. There, the 40 Barnes & Noble children met up with more Safe Passage kids, which made the total number 120!
This was the second year for the event, and it is a truly amazing one. The Thousand Oaks Police Charity Fund provided the transportation to eager young children who want (and need) the support of others to climb out their unfortunate economic circumstance.
If you are interested in helping with this great event next year, do not hesitate to give us a call! Just click the link here and help us change the lives of children in our community!
Just contact the Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation in Thousand Oaks, California to learn more about how you can help the underprivileged children and, if you want, join Safe Passage to help make the lives of children better.
Below are some pictures of this great event!