Fayetteville police renovate building for school kids

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Fayetteville police are renovating a space in the Rowan Street Urban Ministry building (WTVD)

When the students enrolled in the Find-A-Friend program return from winter break, Fayetteville police want them to say "Wow."

That's because FPD officers are renovating a space in a Rowan Street Urban Ministry building that's used for after-school activities and mentoring. They're waxing floors, putting in new furniture, stocking the place with fresh supplies and organizing what's already in place.

"We like to see the kids realize that you know, the police aren't bad folks, you know," said Captain Robert Spatorico. "They're here to help us, and they don't always see that out on the streets. This is a good opportunity for us to say-'Hey-you know we're just like you guys."

Spatorico is a part of FPD's activities league, which promotes strong relationships in the community, particularly through youth. The department's Explorer program participants are helping in the renovation. They're made up of area teens who learn leadership, discipline and teamwork skills alongside law enforcement.

Read more: http://www.bethebadge.com/files/pdf/ExplorerInfoandApplicationPack.pdf.

The renovation is set to be complete when the kids return to school from winter break in early January.

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