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Quapaw Tribe Makes Christmas Brighter: Shop w/ a Cop

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Thanks to the generosity of the Quapaw Tribe, Downstream Casino, and the Quapaw Casino, Christmas will be a little brighter for some children from Quapaw Schools. Headed up by the Quapaw Marshals, the Shop with a Cop program was shared with students from Quapaw Public Schools. Shop with a Cop is a one-on-one experience designed to have police officers spend a day with underprivileged children in a fun, non-threatening environment. Designed for children, the shopping experience provides an opportunity to deter kids from choosing a life of crime or violence and show them police officers are their friends.

Thirty students were chosen by the school's administration. In addition to the Quapaw Marshals, officers from Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Town of Quapaw, City of Commerce, and Miami Nation participated.

Each officer was assigned two students. Officers picked up their students early this morning and took them to the Quapaw Tribe for breakfast which was provided by the Quapaw Casino. After breakfast, Santa came and passed out candy. Volunteer journalism students from Quapaw schools took pictures with Santa and printed the pictures for the kids. Following breakfast, students were taken to Wal-Mart to choose anything in the store up to $200. Presents were wrapped by Quapaw Marshals, student volunteers, and tribal employees and were delivered to each child's home.

Quapaw Tribal Chairman John Berrey is happy the tribe has the means to help needy people in the community, especially children. He's pleased to introduce the Shop with a Cop program to the local community. He said, “The greatest times are when we give, and it's an awesome time when law enforcement and children can create bonds that can last a lifetime.”

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