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SOU TR 8F <br /> � G <br /> z s <br /> 1865 <br /> CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br /> PETE BUTTIGIEG, MAYOR <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <br /> May 11, 2012 <br /> Contact: Debra Johnson, Director of Communications <br /> Phone: 574-235-5853 <br /> MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG JOINS THE SOUTH BEND <br /> WEED & SEED YOUTH AWARD CEREMONY <br /> South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg along with Interim Police Chief Chuck Hurley and Muessel <br /> Primary Center Principal Michael Budzinski, will award winners of this year's Coloring Book <br /> design contest for the South Bend Weed& Seed program. The three will also distribute copies <br /> of the 24-page book depicting the theme "Police Officers are Your Friends". The award <br /> ceremony will take place Monday, May 14 at Muessel Primary Center at 1021 Blaine Avenue <br /> beginning at 1:00 p.m. <br /> "The Weed& Seed program has helped improve the lives of many youth over the years," said <br /> Buttigieg. "I am pleased to take part in this program with a long history of proven results." <br /> As part of the Community Policing Committee initiative three schools serving the Weed & Seed <br /> area were asked to design a page for the book. The art class project encourages police and youth <br /> partnerships in the community. Students from each of the schools, Muessel Primary Center, <br /> LaSalle Intermediate Academy and Madison Primary Center were represented within the top <br /> designs selected by the committee in the coloring book. <br /> Three thousand copies of the books were printed for distribution to students and other partners <br /> through the Weed& Seed grant funds. The funds also serve to recognize all students that <br /> participated in the project through their own separate award ceremonies. As an additional award, <br /> representative students from each of the participating art classes will appear within group photos <br /> with police officers, as part of a Weed& Seed sponsored billboard campaign later this year. <br /> Weed& Seed is a federally sponsored initiative whose purpose is to develop a community of <br /> diverse cultures working together to create safe and pleasant neighborhoods. Two of the <br /> programs objectives are to increase positive interaction between the community and police and <br /> to improve awareness of crime and its prevention. Grant funds were provided by the US <br /> Department of Justice. South Bend Weed& Seed Steering Committee grant partners include: the <br /> City of South Bend, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor, South Bend Police Department, US <br /> Attorney, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. <br /> 1400 COUNTY-CITY BUILDING•227 W.JEFFERSON BOULEVARD•SOUTH BEND,INDIANA 46601 <br /> PHONE 574/235-9261• FAx 574/235-9892 <br />