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‘Shop with a Cop’ in San Jose brings holiday experience to underserved kids

Originally posted on San Jose Spotlight Zuleyna Martinez, a 9-year-old student at Gardner Academy, paused to go over her shopping list with San Jose Police Officer Sabrina Robinson as the pair strolled the aisles of the Target on Coleman Avenue Wednesday for the 12th annual Shop with a Cop event. They were on the hunt for a teddy bear for Martinez’s mom and a basketball for her brother — among other items for her family members. For herself, Martinez is hoping to get her hands on a container of slime. It was a crowded day at Target as the two were joined by more than 200 children who were matched with uniformed ...

‘Shop With a Cop’ pairs officers with record number of San Jose students

Originally posted on the Mercury News SAN JOSE — For a couple of hours Wednesday, the Target store on Coleman Avenue was arguably the safest place in the South Bay when over 200 elementary school students each got their own police escorts for a holiday shopping spree, as a reward for improving their reading skills over the past fall. It marked the 12th annual signature event for Shop With a Cop Silicon Valley, which spends every year fundraising and motivating students in under-served communities in the South Bay, and aims to build early trust police among children in neighborhoods where the typical police presence involves critical or ...

220 Students Shop With A Cop

Annual Shop With a Cop Silicon Valley, the San Jose Police Department, and Target hosted a Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree to help 220+ students from Los Arboles,  K. Smith, Gardner Academy, Clyde Arbuckle McKinley and Santee purchase holiday gifts for their families. The Annual Shop with a Cop "Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree" had over 220 students from Los Arboles, McKinley, and Santee Elementary participate on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  The day began with a Police Officer's and Children's Breakfast, followed by a convoy to the Target store on Coleman Avenue in San Jose.  Additional  families that were ...

Sponsor A Child

Help brighten a child's holiday season through a committed sponsorship for our 2019 Holiday Shopping Spree. Donations can be mailed directly to Shop With A Cop through November 29. Download the pdf form and follow the instructions on the form. Thank you!

Tacos and Tequila 2019 Charity Auction

Thank you to all who attended our fundraiser this past weekend. It was a resounding success. From all the corp. table sponsors, in-kind donors, Garlic City Auctions,SJPOA, Puesto Restaurant and kitchen staff, Constellation brands, Don Julio, Embajador Tequila, Adictivo Tequila, El jefe, Partida, Joseph George Dist. SJPBA, DJ Julian Q.,Elected officials, Artist Dianna Bernal, All the volunteers ( too many to mention) and the SWAC board. Elected officlas. You made this a huge success and because of you, we exceeded our fundraising goal. The proceeds will go to support the after school intervention for struggling readers, new books for kids, families ...

Tacos & Tequila 2019

Thank you for your interest in Tacos & Tequila 2019. We are officially SOLD OUT! We'll see you on the 5th! Tacos & Tequila FundraiserOctober 5, 2019 | 5:00 PM-11:00 PMSJ POA Hall 1151 N 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112 Join us for an evening of good food, good company and lots of tequila! Enjoy tastings of over 10 tequila vendors from across the country, along with music and dinner provided by Puesto Santa Clara. Last year's event sold out, so be sure to get your tickets early. Gather your friends and family for a great time in support of Shop With a Cop of Silicon Valley. The fine print: Ticket sales are non-refundableM...

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A Letter from Robert Flores

The Shop with a Cop program has truly impacted the students at my school. They have interacted with our students in a variety of fun activities including pizza parties, ice cream parties, dodge ball games, book giveaways summer school programs, and most notability their holiday shopping spree. Through their interactions with local law enforcement, students build relationships with officers and see that the law enforcement officers are more than just a badge and a uniform. They see thatthey are friends that they can count on to keep them and their community safe. The Shop with a Cop program has created an incentive based reading program ...

Open Letter from Parent, Miriam Villanueva

This is what Shop With a Cop gives you. They give you a shoulder to lean on when you need to, they give you a family member for life. My world was turned upside down when my daughter got sick but with the help of Alicia, Darrell, and Shop With a Cop, my family was able to heal, regain its strength and smile again, and for that, I will always be thankful.

Santee Elementary Ice Cream Celebration

Students who met the reading goals for 2nd trimester earned an ice-cream treat with local Law Enforcement Officials.