Story by Jennifer O’Connor
The Warwick Police Department received a special visit on Tues., Nov. 8 from members of “Girls on the Run,” who made delicious cookies and goodies that they gave to the police to show their support of local law enforcement and to thank first responders.
“Girls on the Run” is an International, non-profit program for girls in the third through eighth grade. A new program within the organization called, “Heart and Sole,” was recently created for girls in middle school. For the members of the West Milford, NJ group, their message is clear: “Act of Kindness, Pass it Along!” They also presented the police with “Thank You” cards.
In return, they were warmly greeted and thanked by the Warwick PD. Some of the members of the group that met with the police were sisters, Annika, 11, and Avery Baumgardt, 8, and sisters, Lauren, 10, and Erin Frey, 7, accompanied by their sister, Lexi, 3, and their mom, Susan. Susan, who is one of the coaches of the group, is the youngest sister of Lt. Thomas Maslanka.
“For a group of girls like this, to think of us, it means a lot more to the members of the police department than I think they even realize,” said Lt. Maslanka. “It’s very touching to be thought of and to be appreciated.”
All of the girls were excited to show their appreciation to the Warwick police as part of their community service project. Members of the ‘Girls on the Run’ program learn about goal-setting and confidence-building as well anti-bullying messages.
“We learn about gratitude and what it means to be a leader,” said Lauren Frey.
The girls also expressed how they enjoy participating in community service projects and helping others. And they are all looking forward to running in a 5K Race on Sun., Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. The Warwick PD wishes these extraordinary young girls the best of luck!