Rockford Police Department hosts free summer program for kids

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Rockford Police Department is working to make sure kids have somewhere to go this summer.

The department’s Community Kids Zone kicked off this week at East High school.

The camp is a collaboration with Rockford Public Schools, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Rockford Area Arts Council.

Kids between the ages of 9 and 17 can play sports like basketball and volleyball along with cooking and art projects.

Officers say it’s about reaching out to those kids who may be home alone with nothing to do.

“We want to be able to bring them here, where they can meet other kids,” said Ofc. Leanne Ness. “They can hang out with the police officers in a different light. It’s a safe place for them to be, versus hanging out on the street corner and that type of thing.”

The event runs from June 10th to June 14th and June 24th to July 12th from 4 to 9 p.m.

The cost is free and food is provided. Applications can be found in school and police offices.

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