South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — On January 9, 2019, members of the C.O.P.S (Community Outreach and Public Service) Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s State College Main Campus recognized national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.), which has been observed annually on January 9th since 2015. L.E.A.D. was established to recognize how challenging a career in law enforcement can be and to help facilitate the understanding of the situations law enforcement officers face each day.
In December 2018, the C.O.P.S Club organized a spaghetti dinner to raise funds to help them pay tribute to local police departments. With proceeds from the dinner, the C.O.P.S. Club put together 95 gift bags and delivered them to Patton Township Police, Ferguson Township Police, State College Borough Police, Bellefonte Police, Spring Township Police, and the Centre County Sherriff’s Office on L.E.A.D.
Prior to L.E.A.D., the C.O.P.S. Club members, all of whom are enrolled in the Criminal Justice specialized associate degree program at South Hills, reached out to administrators at Kris McCloskey Group Daycare Home, Marion Walker Elementary School, and Abba's House Babyland Daycare & Preschool to ask their students to write thank you letters to local law enforcement officers. One child's letter was included in each of the gift bags as an additional token of appreciation.