Metro Police Officer Uses Vacation Time To Host Summer Camp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - You matter. That's the message one Metro Police Officer is trying to send young girls with disabilities.

A sense of belonging, and knowing that you matter is important, and Metro Resource Officer Angela Booker wanted to show a group of special needs girls just how important they are with Team One.

"What started with me just wanting to take off work and put together something to do with them so they can feel important and special, grew into a week long full-fledge camp," said Officer Booker.

Some of the girls have autism, and others are living with down syndrome. The ages ranged from middle school to high school students, and the camp is all free of charge.

This camp allows girls to better their cash handling skills with a money management class, they're also learning about what it means if someone invades their personal space to touch them inappropriately.

"Unfortunately there are some people out in the world that would take advantage of them because their minds aren't as mature to understand when they're being taken advantage of," said Officer Booker.

For some this camp is the highlight of their summer, and Officer Booker says she just hopes this program lets them know that they are loved.

"We don't want them to feel left out even with certain disabilities or limitations," said officer Booker.

The Officer is hoping to have another camp next year. The last day is Friday.

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