The annual event at South Shore Cultural Center promotes healthy relationships between fathers and their daughters. This year, the theme was “All Shades Of Beautiful,” and more girls were able to attend than in any previous year thanks to members of the Chicago Police Department.
In 2015, the Chicago Police force realized that a lot of girls weren’t able to attend because they either didn’t have fathers, who didn’t have a father figure in their life, or had a father that wasn’t able to attend. They decided to step in and escort the girls so that everyone would be included in the community event.
Twice as many girls were able to attend in 2016 than in 2015. Numbers doubled, and the community was grateful for the kind gestures.
It let the girls know that officers are just people too and we dance, and we dance funny like your dads do.” Sgt. Kimberly Woods told local media.
The girls and their officer escorts enjoyed dancing, refreshments, and goodie bags! There were 150 girls in attendance, and the event was free and open to the public.
Reminding our children and the children in our community that they are valued is an important message that they need to hear. When children know that they are appreciated and respected, they will try harder to make a difference in their communities. Less violence, less hatred, and more love. Who doesn’t want that in the place that they live?
These officers are amazing!
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