According to staff reports
Two months ago, Mooresville Police Department Crime Prevention and Community Outreach Officer Dave Harding gave participants of the MAP summer camp a tour of the local service, held at the War Memorial Building in Mooresville.
MAP is a program designed specifically for people with physical, cognitive and intellectual disabilities and offers an integration of interactive activities and classroom lessons focusing on reading comprehension, math and socialization skills, helping participants to develop their self-esteem and independence.
Because the band had such a great time on the tour, Harding shared that he wanted to reach out to people in similar bands and treat them to pizza night with the Mooresville Police Department officers.
So he reached out to Lynn Hegedus, a specialist in the City of Mooresville’s Therapeutic Recreation Program, for help. As a result, approximately 40 community members attended pizza night from various programs, including the original MAP class, Abound Health Day Program, and Ignite Day Program (Autism Society of NC).
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During the party, guests were treated to pizza and breadsticks, as well as a visit from Laurie and the Kool Kats ice cream truck. After the meal, they had the opportunity to meet one of the K-9s, Axle, and his handler, Officer McGahan, as well as MPD’s therapy dog, Ella, and her trainer, Tiffany Rivera.
After visiting the K-9s, the guests gave the police officers photos they colored of Ella to enter a contest for a chance to win a special one while visiting with Ella. Guests also presented MPD with a beautiful signed poster and homemade appreciation cards.
A dozen police officers were able to join the party and enjoy the meal and visit the guests.