2 St. Paul cops — both of them parents — pair up with school girls over empowerment

St. Paul Police Officer Annie Baumgart, second left, works with seventh graders from St. Paul’s Washington Technology Magnet School, who are part of a girls’ empowerment and leadership group, at Catholic Charities’ distribution center in St. Paul on Thursday, April 12, 2018. They assembled snack packs that will be handed out at the non-profit’s facilities. (Mara H. Gottfried / Pioneer Press)

The young women packing snacks Thursday were chatting and having fun but also focused on their task of helping the homeless.

The seventh-graders at St. Paul’s Washington Technology Magnet School are part of a girls’ empowerment and leadership group that began this school year.

St. Paul police officers Phuong Chung and Annie Baumgart started the group for girls who are at a pivotal time in their lives; seventh grade can be difficult for anyone, but especially girls. The program also highlights what school resource officers say they see as their roles in schools: keeping them safe by building meaningful connections with students.

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Pioneer Press, 4/13/2018

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