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Public Safety and Security students create smiles for a child



KCC students participating in last year's toy drive. (Photo: Anchorage School District)

Students in the King Career Center's Public Safety and Security class are conducting a community service project that pairs them with the Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton. The project, called Smiles for a Child, will benefit children in need during the holiday season.

During the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, students and their instructor, Teena Calkin, will be at the Simon 5th Avenue Mall in downtown Anchorage, collecting new, unwrapped toys for more than 100 children of incarcerated inmates at Palmer Correctional Center.

"Incarcerated parents are usually unable to give their child a gift at Christmas," said Calkin. "This criminal justice class is working with the correctional facility in hopes that they can bring a smile to a child during the holiday season."

Last year's inaugural drive was a huge success thanks to the many people, businesses, charitable organizations and local and national retailers. However, due to the economic downturn, Calkin said the group is receiving fewer donations this year from local and national retailers.

In addition to gifts, the class also is accepting donations to cover the cost of postage to ship the items to children statewide.

For more information, contact Calkin at the King Career Center or drop off new, unwrapped gifts to the 5th Avenue Mall, the student booth will be located on the first floor between Once in a Blue Moose and The Iditarod Store. The booth will be open at the following times.

Friday, Nov. 26, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday,Nov. 28, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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