Jul 10, 2010 8:41 PM
Games, competitions, and a visit from Smokey the Bear! The seventh annual "Wheelin' with Cops Adventure" in Butte Meadows is something these North State kids will not soon forget! There were demonstrations, lunch and a trip to the Colby Mountain Fire Lookout. "I like coming here so I can go up in the mountains and go look at the tower," Gabe Carranza, a member from Boys and Girls Club, stated.
The event is for members of the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. It is free and is funded through donations. Chief Mike Maloney says besides learning and having some fun, he hopes the kids will view public officials in a positive light. "We're hoping that they're going to come to realize that these are people too, they like to have fun, and see them in a different way."
12-year old Bianca Abara of Chico was one of 50 kids taking part. "It gives me a positive outlook on them because it shows how much they care about us and how much they really take the time to be out here with us today."
"I think we're very lucky that they're doing this cause they're taking time out of their own time," Carranza said.
All kids received a free backpack and t-shirt at Saturday's event.
A handful of North State agencies were involved, including the Chico Police Department, Cal-Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and the Butte County Sheriff's Office.