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Police Holiday Contest Encourages Kids to Help Classmates

Police Foundation Holiday Writing Contest Winners


Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner joins PMRP Foundation Holiday Writing Contest Winners Jonathan McMullen, PM West Junior HS grade 7, Yessenia Dickson, Tobyhanna Elementary Center grade 6, and Amber Fernandez, PM West HS grade 10, where winners were recognized at the PM Regional Police Commission meeting December 10.


Police Holiday Contest Encourages Kids to Help Classmates


POCONO SUMMIT, PA– 'Tis the season to write with good reason as Pocono Mountain Regional Police Foundation's Holiday Writing Contest had students in Pocono Mountain School District sharing "How the holidays mean more than gifts" with a unique twist on the prize.


Nearly 200 entries were received in grade categories K-6, 7-8 and 9-12 where students presented their point with hopes of winning a $500 holiday shopping spree for a family in need from their school. While confidentiality remains key for those families, three winning writers: Yessenia Dickson from TEC; Pocono Mountain West Junior High's Jonathan McMullen; and Amber Fernandez of West High School will also get an awesome gift of their own: a Pocono Raceway experience next race season!


Each winner will receive free access to the 2020 NASCAR Doubleheader on either June 27 or 28, and also complementary Pit Passes. These Pit Passes allow access to Pit Road and the Front Straight where the winner's whole family can watch Drivers Introductions just feet away from their favorite NASCAR driver.


Raceway CEO Nick Igdalsky comments, "Since the [Holiday Writing] contest focused on the needs of a family through the eyes of the children, I really wanted to sweeten the pot and give the winners a summer reward. The events at Pocono Raceway are always family friendly with free kids tickets and added experiences, we knew it was a perfect addition to the contest."


Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner explains, "As our community’s law enforcement representatives, we look to the holiday season and reflect on the meaning of holiday spirit. To make the holidays a little brighter for those who need it most, we’ve again partnered the incredible abilities of our students and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Foundation. By combining the resources of the Foundation with the thoughts, expressions and writing skills of these students we hope to achieve the spirit of giving and bring smiles to those in need."


Winners were recognized December 10 during Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission's meeting at headquarters on Route 940 in Pocono Summit.


(Story and photo provided by Jeanine Hofbauer on behalf of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Foundation)