Summer program teaches kids bike safety, sportsmanship

Police were out in the community today to make sure area kids are learning the fundamentals of bike safety.

Officers say teaching children at a young age benefits the entire community.

The Police athletic League (PAL) Is also hosting tennis lessons, swimming lessons, and basketball for kids seven years of age and up, as well as adults, at Washington High School. And it is all free to the community.

Kids learn a lot about how to be better athletes, but organizers say they are also learning respect, teamwork, and an appreciation for healthy living.

Officers say the program also helps build the relationship between the community and local police.

"We're teaching them how to interact with other kids,” said program supervisor Valencia Gammage. “How to be a team sport. How to get along with other people. And we're also giving them a positive outlook on the police department for the kids."

All the programs are free to the public and will be running through August 10. Everyone is welcome to stop by with their kids to get in on the fun.

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