'Shop with a Cop' gives Hopi students a great opportunity
POLACCA, Ariz. - Two students from Hopi Jr./Sr. High School went on a shopping spree with a program called "Shop with a Cop" on Dec 22.
The students from junior high were Qayatayo Honie, eighth grade and Charmaine Kinale, seventh grade. The students from high school were Jasmine Dashee, 11th grade, and Theodore Ross, tenth grade. There were 14 other students who were selected from each elementary school on the Hopi Reservation. Altogether there were 18 students.
To get selected for the Shop with a Cop program, students had to maintain good grades, good conduct to school rules, show care and respect for school personnel, peers and property, and maintain good attendance.
Each student was given a $100 in gift card of which $50 the student purchased items for themselves and the remaining $50 was used by the student to either purchase Christmas gifts for their families or to purchase groceries or other household necessities. One police officer and one volunteer accompanied each of the students on their shopping spree to the Winslow Wal-Mart. Transportation and lunch was provided at Pizza Hut.
All police officers, volunteers and students had a good time shopping.
Jamie Kootswatewa, chief of police, said he had a fun time helping his students shop for themselves and family. The most popular gift most of the students purchased was goldfish.
(Editors note: Lauryn Tallas works for the Bruin Times staff.)