State grant allows police to patrol two schools in Kennett Square
KENNETT SQUARE A police officer will start patrolling two schools in Kennett Square full time Wednesday after the state's Education Department said last week it would give the borough nearly $60,000 in a safe schools grant.
Officer Sarah London, the new school resource officer and a five-year member of the borough's police department, will patrol at Kennett High School and the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. London is involved with several area youth programs, including after-school and tutoring groups and the Garage community and youth center. She is also a counselor at Camp Cadet, a youth summer camp that is run by the Pennsylvania State Police.
The officer's presence will help establish a positive relationship between children and the police and will put teachers and students at ease, said Kennett Square Police Chief Edward Zunino.
"This is something I've always wanted to have my department involved in," Zunino said. "I'm glad we have the opportunity from the grant from the Department of Education."
The state also announced that the Octorara Area School District, the Great Valley School District and the Oxford Area School District will each receive $40,000 grants. - Michaelle Bond