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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – The Childress Police Department is getting an early start on its Adopt-A-Senior program for the class of 2021.
Since COVID-19 interrupted traditional activities for last year’s Childress High School seniors, the Childress Police Department initiated the Adopt-A-Senior program.
Childress Police Department Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Gamboa said they want to pay it forward after what the community did with the original Adopt-A-Cop program, which was created by Bailey Bradley.
“Let’s come together as the community that we all know and love and show our senior class that we are proud of them,” Gamboa said.
To make this happen, Gamboa needs parents to make sure their seniors have the form completed. She suggested adding their Adopt-A-Senior (Childress) group on Facebook.
Volunteers can adopt a senior by messaging Gamboa at 940-475-1148. Residents can request a certain senior, but she wants to make sure all seniors are sponsored.
Volunteers can be anonymous.
“If you would like to adopt a student, we will put your name on the list,” Gamboa said. “As soon as we have all the student forms in, we will assign you a senior.”
Forms are due Jan. 1, 2021, and gifts will be delivered in May 2021, Gamboa said.
Last year 80 volunteers participated in the inaugural program and celebrated 86 graduating seniors.