Philadelphia Students and Cops Create Holiday Fun For South Philly Tots

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police officers and some terrific high school performers teamed up today for a “Christmas Caravan” to entertain young children and hand out some toys.

Students of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (“CAPA”) stopped at four daycare centers in South Philadelphia along with “Santa” and his helpers (officers in the 17th Police District) to offer stories and songs.

“We have to enjoy it ourselves, performing for them,” said Ezra Ali (center of top photo), a senior at CAPA. “If we didn’t, the kids would know it.  The idea is to just have fun.”

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

“We’re giving out gifts, along with having the students from the Creative and Performing Arts School giving them some entertainment,” added Capt. Anthony Washington, the commanding officer in the 17th.

In all, 260 daycare students between the ages of three and five were thrilled to get the holiday cheer.


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