Klein ISD students get an early Christmas surprise

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The Klein ISD Police Department kicked off the holiday season with its third-annual Holiday Heroes program benefiting Klein ISD students in need.

The program has grown over the years and officers from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, local Precinct Constables, Montgomery ISD, and other agencies gathered and spent the evening having dinner and building relationships with more than 55 students. Students were able to shop for gifts for themselves as well as others with the help of the officers who were on hand to help them find their way around the store, look for sizes, and select the perfect gifts.

Officers visit with students while shopping at Academy.

“We believe the time the officers spend with the students will help break down stereotypes and barriers and help to build new relationships,” Klein ISD Police Chief David Kimberly said.

Throughout the year, the Klein ISD Police Department raised more than $9,000 for the event through the selling of challenge coins, hosting a Family Fun Night event at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and accepting donations. Additionally, this year, the department is excited to partner with Academy Sports + Outdoors who graciously donated $100 gift cards to every student. They also received 10% off of their purchase and a reusable shopping bag.

“It’s partnerships like this that help make this experience bigger and bigger each year,” Kimberly said. “Without the help of everyone who donates, big and small, this event would not be making a difference for our students. We thank each and every one of them and Academy for their commitment to giving students what they deserve, a great holiday!”

The purpose of the Holiday Heroes program is to demonstrate the Klein ISD Police Department’s commitment to the staff and students that it serves by giving back to the most deserving. Click here to view a photo album.

In addition to the Holiday Heroes program, the Klein ISD Police Department also participates in many other school and community programs and events such as career days, its Police Pals fingerprinting program, Street Smarts self-defense classes and the department’s nationally recognized Leadership Academy which has been adopted by the Texas Municipal Police Officers Association.

The 2018 Klein ISD Police Department’s Holiday Heroes event benefited 55 Klein ISD students this holiday season.
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