Southwest Tennessee Community College

October 7, 2004

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Memphis Area Exchange Clubs hold student award luncheon at Southwest
Release written by Patsy Anderson

The Exchange Clubs of Memphis and Shelby County will celebrate October as Crime Prevention Month with a special awards luncheon at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove Campus, on Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 11:45 a.m.

All fifth graders in Memphis City and Shelby County Schools were invited to participate in the celebration by writing a 50 word essay on “Take A Bite Out of Crime.” Memphis City School students wrote their essays from the point of view of a police director. Shelby County School students pretended they were writing as if they were a sheriff.

Entries were sent to the Exchange Clubs and the committee chose eight finalists from the city and eight from the county. The 16 finalists were invited for interviews with exchange club members and law enforcement officers. The four winners will be awarded: Junior Chief of Police, Junior Assistant Police Director, Junior Sheriff, and Junior Chief Deputy. Their parents and school principal will be invited to the luncheon.

The Exchange Club has four major emphases: Americanism, Community Service, Youth, and Child Abuse Prevention. This project allows the club the opportunity to place emphasis on both youth and law enforcement. “We want our youth to grow up to be productive citizens of the community in which they live. This has been an ongoing project of the Memphis Exchange Clubs for many years,” states Patsy Anderson, director of Southwest’s Gill Center and president of the Frayser Exchange Club. “We have had former winners to go on to be very active in law enforcement and their community.”